Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New mirror...

Like I mentioned yesterday, I went to DC this past weekend to visit my brother. We did a bit of shopping, and I ended up picking up this cool old mirror from Miss Pixie's:

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I'd had something exactly like this in mind for above our new bed, so I knew I had to pick it up (plus, souvenirs that are actually pretty and useful are quite nice).

You can see (barely) in this photo that the mirror is convex, which I love. I took some Windex to her, and she shined like new (well, almost new -- there are still a few "age spots", which I like). Next, I wanted to change the frame.

It'd seen better days, plus I'm going with more silvers in this room than golds, so that was what needed addressing asap!

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I flipped it over, and took the nails out of the back with some pliers. Next, I carefully removed the mirror.

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I had this Valspar "Brilliant Metals" silver spraypaint on hand already, so I sprayed it down with that outside.

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Afterwards, it looked like this. Silver, but too bright. I decided to address that with some glaze and black paint. I actually made a video of this for you guys, but I could NOT upload it onto the internet. So annoying!

Anyway, I used a tiny bit of clear glaze and a dab of black paint to antique it a little bit. I rubbed my concoction into the grooves and bevels, then smoothed over it with a paper towel. It creates a more patina-ed, old appearance, versus the bright shiny metal that the spraypaint gives. After that I put the mirror back in, and voila!

here it is:
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I love it!

It adds the perfect amount of sparkle over the bed.

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here is a wide-angle view of the room. It's coming along -- still a little to do.

I haven't blogged about those embroidered, monogrammed pillow cases, but I got them on etsy at this shop. I got them in black to tie in with my crazy, graphic, black and white paintings.

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(I should probably iron my bedding like AB Chao suggests, but...I don't.)

(BTW: it is funny to have things monogrammed in a "couples" monogram. And by funny, I mean dumb. But I did it anyway.)

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I know - I need throw pillows. But, I enjoy redecorating and having empty, open, blank canvases for a bit. I'm planning to buy a couple of Snow Leopard printed ones.

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9 comments:

  1. So Fun... Don't you love Pixies ! What a great find. I'm going to have to stop in and take a peek at what's in the store soon. I was just out at Lucketts this week.. (blogged from there) and bought a few treasures ! Love how your mirror came out. I'm going to follow.. stop in some time. Jules

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  2. I always tell people to never underestimate the power of a can of spray paint. Love the mirror!

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  3. i love that store! i am from dc and go there all the time. check out my house tour...there are a lot of things from miss pixie:)
    http://highfashion4less.com/tour-my-home/

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  4. thanks, you guys! yes, miss pixies is awesome - if I lived in DC, I would be buying most of my furniture there! I love the handmade wooden pieces they have (at amazing prices), and the vintage ones as well! it's a great treasure of a store!

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  5. Nice job. Looks great with your bedroom! And I love that it's convex.

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  6. Love that mirror, Kristen! What a great find!

    Take care,

    Lori
    www.lorimayinteriors.com/blog

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