Gold Leafed Mirror



Our newly stenciled powder room was crying out for an updated mirror, something to match our new glammed up look. Initially, I started trolling craigslist and our local discount shops, but I kept coming up empty handed. 


I wanted something with loads of detail and an antiqued look {kinda like this one}.



Then I remembered an old mirror that we picked up in London years ago for our nursery/guest room. It was pained a cute rosy pink with golden accents. I loved it when we bought it but never really found a great place for it in this house. 
{sorry this is a terrible before picture, but it makes the after look that much more spectacular, right?}


Solid wood with beautiful details, it's a perfect candidate for a little makeover. 
{this picture was taken after a coat of adhesive was added, hence the shine.}


To achieve my desired glamorous, antiqued finish, I decided to give gold leafing a try. 
I ordered two packs {25 sheets each} of gold leaf composite, adhesive, sealer and an antiquing glaze and got started.


Once the adhesive was dry, each gold leaf sheet was applied using a foam brush. I quickly realized that the foam brush wasn't allowing the gold leaf to get into all the little nooks and crannies so I moved forward using my hands. Needless to say, it started to get a bit messy.


Despite my best efforts, I still couldn't get every little bit covered. At this point, I grabbed my trusty Rub N' Buff in Antique Gold and used a craft brush to cover the bigger areas.


I assumed, in advance, that I'd want to add an antique glaze, and I'm so glad I did. I was really surprised by how bright the gold leaf was. 


I covered the mirror with several layers of glaze to achieve my desired look. And, of course, went back in with a craft brush to darken the nooks and crannies. 


After each layer, I wiped away the excess with a clean towel. 


And now, I have a brand new, much more glamorous, antiqued golden mirror. 
What do you think? 

Can't wait to show you the mirror paired with the stenciled wall. The powder room has a brand new look and I'm lovin' it!

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Summer Mantel

Last I left you, I had completed my mirror makeover and was in search of a final home for her to reside. 

Did you guess where she would end up?


Over the mantel, of course!


And now she is accompanied by her summer friends. 

Let's move in for a closer look.


This painting was actually the original reason for the mirror. 
I love this little painting on it's own stand, but I really struggled with where to use it. 
Layered with other artwork, always seemed to be too much. 


But it needed a support partner on the wall - enter the mirror.
Obviously the painting was the first item to be placed on the mantel once the mirror was in place!


My orchid just finished blooming, but I still love the shape so decided to include it set against the black backdrop of the mirror. 

And of course, no mantel is complete without candles - ambiance is everything in my book!

Now I know everyone loves a good before and after...





And after - Summer Mantel

Definitely a lighter look for a summer. 

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PB Inspired Mirror Makeover

I've long coveted this lovely mirror from my good friend's over at Pottery Barn, 
but the price has held me back.

So I sourced (from Lowe's) a similar mirror, but at a much lower price,  and put it on my birthday list 
(yes, back in May!).


Lucky me, I received it - thanks Linda and Dave!

The plan: paint, antique and distress.


Here it is after one coat of primer and two coats of Francesca by Martha Stewart Living Paint from Home Depot.


Next up: hitting the high point with my favorite, Rub n' Buff in Antique Gold.


Quite a bit of elbow grease later and the antique gold has been buffed to a subtle finish.


Close up for your viewing pleasure!

Now it's just a matter of finding a place for our newly refinished mirror.


Mr. DD likes it in the corner of the living room over a vintage painted chest.


I quite like it over the mantel.

Check back later in the week to see where it ends up - it'll take us that long to hash it all out!

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