Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Trash to Treasure

Create a beautiful old mirror from an old one…
Gather your supplies
  • Oval mirror on stand
  • Dulux Wash & Wear 101 Advanced Low Sheen in Cool
  • 4 decorative timber mouldings
  • Wood glue
  • Adhesive size
  • Silver leaf
  • Matt varnish
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Stencil brush

Here’s how
Step 1 Mask and sand, then apply 2 coats of basecoat to mirror, stand and mouldings. Allow it to dry between coats.

Step 2 Glue mouldings to top and bottom of mirror and sides of the stand. Allow glue to set.

Step 3
Apply a thin coat of size over frame and stand. Leave for about 15-20 minutes until tacky.Step 4 Lay sheets of silver leaf carefully onto surface of frame and stand. Tamp down with stencil brush and leave for 2-3 hours. Then, using same brush and a soft circular motion, remove any overhanging leaf pieces. Carefully sand silver-leaf surface, allowing a hint of basecoat to show through for a burnished and slightly distressed look. Apply a coat of varnish to protect the finish against any moisture and oxidation. 

Visit Better Homes and Gardens for more great tutorials like this one…


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