I got & showed you from the last Elkhorn flea market of the season?
It has a deep beveled mirror and a great frame! BUT–it’s not in pristine condition, awww. —I would usually call that character, but in this case—hmmm?
This is why.
The missing silvering near the bottom has created a LARGE HOLE. Ordinarily, not tragic, but someone filled the hole with glittery gold nail polish—Seriously! How cREAtive—Not!
This is probably one of the craziest –fixes– I’ve EVER seen.
On the plus side, it popped off fairly easy!
But dang it, it took a little more silver with it too.
After removing the mirror from the frame (which needed a little repair too), I used a natural gel stripper to remove the silver’s painted-protection.
It took a while to cut through the painted back–you have to be patient, and it often takes a couple of times with a gel stripper to get it off (a regular stripper is too aggressive and will eat through the silver).
The picture below shows the results from the 1st try. *And how cool to uncover the manufacturer’s job# !
Once the backing was all cleaned off, I washed and dried the back of the mirror, then finally began REspraying the the problem areas with Krylon’s LOOKING GLASS.
~Sorry—got pretty busy at this point and forgot all about taking any pictures.
In the past, I’ve played with varying aging techniques. But this mirror already had NATURAL AGE, so I just wanted good coverage. Here’s the outcome for my aging mirror! And–you can see some of the change to the frame here too.
I only laid the mirror on top of the frame, just to see how it was looking!
I just need to paint a protective layer over the newly [RE] silvered mirror, but, getting back to the frame—
Sometimes all you need to do is “dirty” something up! I used a gel stain for this job—my favorites are Early American and Golden Pecan. I brushed and smudged it on and around in 1 and 2ft sections, then wiped it off.
I also used some liquid gold leafing to dress up the fillet of the frame, I’m guessing that was probably its original accenting finish- the whole frame, in fact. But it’s hard to say from how DULL the gold was as I bought it.
~After all the repairs and finishes~
Someone who really loves old mirrors will understand and appreciate the “worn” condition! I would love to keep it, but, “You can’t keep EVerything!”
–click on the picture to see the finishes closer up, it came out really fAb!–