Today’s gold and black mirror makeover is so easy-but I still hope you still take away some great tips!
Gold & Black Mirror Makeover
I honestly don’t remember where I got this mirror, nor how much I paid for it. I didn’t see a price on it, so I’m guessing someone gave it to me. Maybe Cousin Terry? I love the beveled edge on the mirror, but the gold frame isn’t really working for me? Maybe you like it, if so—you might want to look at some other mirror projects here.
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Prep Mirror With Painter’s Tape
The first step was to tape off the beveled portion of the mirror. I mixed up some diy chalky paint primer using my favorite Polished Pearl (flat) paint. I used my Super Finish Max Extra to make the paint task go smooth and easy.
Apply chalky paint primer with HVLP Paint Sprayer
The flat chalky paint primer went on so fabulously!
Use Semi-Gloss Top Coat on ornate mirror frame
This is after two light coats of semi-gloss paint of Whirlwind.
Paint Scraper Removes Over Spray
I love this paint scraper. It’s easy to hold and works so well at removing paint from glass and mirrors. I used it to remove the overspray.
Leaf Blower Tackles Paint Dust
TIP: To remove the paint dust after scraping, I used my leaf blower.
How to Glaze Ornate Mirror Frame
As I painted the mirror flat off white, and then semi-gloss white I really didn’t have a plan. I had to get past the black and gold in order to make a plan. I taped of the beveled area of the mirror with fresh tape and reached for my favorite smoked glaze!
Project ideas and a video of "how to glaze painted furniture and more"
Supplies for glazing an ornate frame
- Smoked Glaze
- Small Chip Brush
- Soft Cloth
- Latex Gloves
Apply Smoked Glaze Liberally with Small Chip Brush
Using the small chip brush, apply a generous amount of glaze. Work fairly quickly, doing one portion of the frame at a time.
Watch my video of How To Glaze Painted Furniture
Wipe off excess glaze with soft cloth
Wearing gloves, wipe off glaze. Allow the glaze to remain in deep crevices for the best look.
Ornate mirror frame with glazed wiped off
It’s totally up to you as to how much glaze you remove or leave behind. It’s all a matter of personal taste.
Black and Gold Mirror Makeover Looking so Much Better
The most difficult part of glazing is making everything look uniform. Don’t be too hard on yourself. When you have completed all four sides, step back to take a look. Use the small chip brush to tweak anyplace that needs a touch up.
It’s really difficult to take a photograph of a mirror. To get this shot I put it on the grass on an overcast day. That gave a white look to the mirror without casting any reflections in the mirror. It makes your attention go to the frame instead of what’s reflecting in the mirror.
I truly love the way the ornate frame turned out with the Smoked Glaze! It’s amazing how one product can give so many different results. I think using the semi-gloss paint made the difference in this project. Click here to see more Smoked Glaze Projects. If you love this as much as I do, I would LOVE for you to PIN IT!
Have I convinced you to pick up some of this magic potion? I’ve always loved glazing, but since I found this smoked glaze I just can’t stop using it. Watch my video of How To Glaze Painted Furniture
I love it. I love the glaze, just can't get it here. I can get it on line for $32 and $18 shipping. So I used acrylic bottled craft paint and 2 drops of charcoal acrylic paint, mixed well. It worked but not as nice as yours. I think if you wanted it to look more Hollywood regal a little silver rub n buff on the high spots. So many ideas for this but I like yours best.
I think you could get this at your local Lowe's store. I love it because not only does it glaze the piece, it helps seal it if it's applied over a chalky paint surface. 🙂
I had thought about using rub-n-buff on it briefly, but settled on the glaze. Never thought about using BOTH! Great idea!
love the glaze that you used; makes for a whole new mirror!
Thanks Nova! I was afraid many people may have preferred the black and gold version. 🙂
a friend thought the before was the after . . .
Lovely mirror. I love the way it turned out. While reading the post step by step, I could feel your enthusiasm...I could sense how much you enjoyed giving the mirror a new look. I'll definitely be back to check out some of your other projects. A part of me enjoys making over pieces.
I'm reminded of a time when I found a set of cute tables on the curb. I went to Home Depot, got some sandpaper and a coat of gloss paint and gave those tables a new look. They were the highlight every time someone came to my home. I was always asked where'd you get those tables? Amazing what a coat of paint can do.
You are so right Yvonne! It's such a sense of accomplishment to transform something that others were ready to discard. We've become such a throwaway society. 🙁
I love what I do!
Thanks for your sweet comment, I hope you transform something again real soon!