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Monday, February 21, 2011

Mirror Magic

So, the thing was this. I really needed (wanted) a big French style mirror to put above my sideboard in my dining room. Something along the lines of one of these below,


or this one,

or this.

Sadly, all I had was a mirror with an oregon pine frame similar to this one below

Here is my mirror when it was in my previous home (I had done a sort of gilt paint effect on the frame)

So I sanded and painted the frame a French grey colour

I found these "twirly things" at my local hardware/craft shop. They are made of some sort of resin, or dare I say it, plastic! I painted them in the same grey colour.

and then arranged them on my mirror frame to get the desired effect. I forgot to take a photo of this step.

I glued them on and rubbed some brownish paint over the whole thing to get this sort of antique effect.

This is the top of my mirror

and the finished product below. I'm just hoping that one of the pieces doesn't fall off during a dinner party to reveal my mirror's humble roots!

I am joining up with Savvy Southern Style for "Wow us Wednesdays".

Till next time

Sharon x


  1. wow you got it! great job looks very very nice! kisses

  2. Sharon, you have done a fantastic job on this mirror, good on you. It looks extremely authentic. WEll done!!

  3. Sharon that mirror turned out BEAUTIFUL!! I love the color and love how you added the decorative pieces you would never know they were added. Oh and your buffet is gorgeous. Martina

  4. Sharon this is such a clever idea! The mirror is now
    gorgeous and looks perfect over your sideboard!!
    Love the finished colour too!

    Pamela xo

  5. Wow, you did an amazing job with that mirror! Unless one of those pieces DOES fall off, no one will be the wiser, and it looks like you paid A LOT of money for an antique mirror. Well done!



  6. This is a great plan beautifully executed by you Sharon-Well done! should a piece drop off, don't be embarrassed, you will be surprised how many armoirs mirrors and frames sold as Vintage, has glued on ornate pieces..the look is right, you invented and that is inspiring!plus you have a unique one of a kind piece.
    xo Colette ~ Afrique du Sud

  7. And all this with no help from your two thumbed husband!! Who needs a handy man in the house when we have you.

    Lots of love

  8. I am adding this project to my inspiration file! You did an amazing job and I would have never thought to do that!

  9. Your mirror may have had humble roots but you certainly transformed it to frenchy. It looks great.

  10. You are too smart! Love the way you transformed the mirror!

  11. This is amazing. It turn out so beautiful.

  12. Sharon, what a transformation. It looks great. Thanks for sharing this at WUW.

  13. Oh what a transformation...
    I didn't even know you can do that with those resin things...
    you're a clever one:)

  14. You did a awesome job on that mirror. It looks great!

    Have a wonderful day,

  15. Hi Sharon, Your mirror is fabulous!! You did a great job turning this plain mirror into a Frenchy one.

  16. That is a gorgeous makeover.. looks like you paid a fortune for it.. Great job! Count me as your newest follower.. would love to have you stop by sometime.

  17. What a delight, You did a great job. it looks wonderful. I am your newest follower. Would love to have you pop on by.

  18. Sharon your mirror is exceptionally clever and oh so gorgeous! Warmest wishes - Glenda

  19. Hey Sharon your blog's brimming over with decors, wonder where to start from! Love your elegant stone age inspired living rooms, kitchen garden and that console mirror where old fashioned chandeliers hang, absolutely gorgeous.
    All the virtue,

  20. This is great! thanks for sharing I'm going to try this on my thrift store mirror