I love our home, but it’s miles DARK. We are smack in the center of a beautiful wooded area full of Firs, Cedars, Madrones, and my favorite – Dogwoods (we must have as a minimum 20 that you could see right from the house!). The downside is that we do not see a number of sun, specially throughout the winter, even though we’ve plenty of windows and a huge skylight. I concept we had to add some mirrors to the partitions – to reflect the light we DO have – and brighten things up. I decided that I would try to make a mirror with an antique window I become already the use of for decor.
This is a quite easy assignment, and once you get the approach down, you can make your reflect in an hour or so. However, you may need to practice on a piece of scrap glass before you tackle your fundamental piece. I additionally seemed up a few pix of elderly mirrors on Google for thoughts. You can age it a lot – or a little!
Here’s my "after" p.C (You’ll see more of the elderly look in close-united statesunder, but notice that it looks like a REAL reflect! It truly reflects the light!):
You’ll be portray the BACK aspect of your glass. First, I taped off the lower back aspect of the body, simply round the edges. I didn’t care approximately the paint getting on the timber that does not show, however I failed to need it to get on the edges of the window. Next, I sprayed my water/vinegar aggregate with a mild hand. Everywhere you have got a water droplet, you are going to get an "aged" look on your reflect. The more you spray, the greater growing older you’ll get. I determined to pay attention my water drops around the edges of the window panes and do a "light" growing old. After I sprayed, I went returned with a paper towel and blotted off some of the regions that I concept have been too heavy. I also ran my finger thru a number of the droplets to lead them to large and greater smeared, so that the whole thing didn’t appearance uniform (I discovered approximately doing these items on my exercise piece).
Next, I sprayed my first coat of paint. You can see how the paint sits on pinnacle of the water. You’ll be amazed – the paint is going on grey and dries to a silver sheen in no time! Give the paint approximately five mins to dry, after which very gently dab on the piece to do away with the water drops (do not rub, just dab with an up-and-down movement!).
GAMBAR4 After you have got eliminated all the droplets, supply the piece some other spray with vinegar/water. Then add some other coat of spray paint. Be cautious now not to spray so much that the paint runs, however DO provide it a terrific coat. I generally spray from one aspect of my piece, and then head over to the opposite aspect and spray from that new angle so that I am sure to get the paint in all of the corners.
Do NOT do away with the water this time! Let the paint dry for only a few minutes, then upload a third coat of paint. When the 0.33 coat dries, cast off the water again with a dabbing movement of your paper towel.
Let your piece dry absolutely, and then decide if you want to maintain with the process. I appreciated my piece at this point, so I stopped. I additionally decided to very gently rub off some of the paint within the corners of a number of the panes, for a one of a kind look. When I knew I had my piece how I preferred it, I sprayed the entirety with an oil rubbed bronze paint I had on hand. This, to me, is one of the most critical steps that changed into left off of the tutorials I observed on Pinterest. If you do not spray with a darkish paint (black would be great, too), you may have clean spots on your replicate… Because of this that hanging it on a white wall won’t look so good! Vintage mirrors are aged with dark spots, and this final coat of paint will provide you with that real appearance.
It’s actually hard to take snap shots of mirrors, but right here it’s far again in our residence, "before" and "after". You can see the aging lots higher in real lifestyles. I like it due to the fact it’s far just diffused enough to reflect the mild superbly, however I do not scare myself each time I walk by it, lol! And the reflect appears as old as the window frame itself – it does not appearance "faux".
Oh…. And in case you are wondering what that jar of strange "stuff" is – with the doll head, my dad’s pocket watch, and the GI Joe arm… It’s simply our memory jar of tidbits we located inside the ashes, which you can study extra about on my weblog (once we misplaced our domestic to wildfire) at www.Jagcagdesign.Com. I are aware of it seems weird, however I like being capable of glance through it once in a while. It’s a little taste of a home we once loved very, very a whole lot.