February 10, 2011

The Honeymoon Mirror

The honeymoon mirror was my first yard sale purchase.  We were in Nashville, on our honeymoon, and bought this mirror for $5.00.  It has served me well over the years - hanging on our walls, but, the time has come for me to French Kiss the honeymoon mirror.  Blanket apologies to my favorite daughter,  I fear that this post may give you great angst.

 I thought I would skip the primer, and go straight for the paint job.  This is SW "creamy"  I knew I wanted to distress it, so why bother with the primer.  Bad idea..

I didn't like it.  Not at all.  It took me 35 years to decide to paint this and now I don't like it.

I thought I would try "dry brushing" the mirror.  I keep hearing about that.  But, it looked wrong, or dirty, or like something else I didn't like.  For the first time ever, I had thoughts of putting the honeymoon mirror in the attic - half painted.

Then I remembered I had some left over robin-egg blue that might help....

I distressed it, and added Ralph Lauren smoke glaze, and Elegant Finish Metallic Glaze.

and some more glaze...

Then I cleaned the paint off the mirror with a razor and slapped on a coat of polycrylic with a skinny sponge brush.

I paired it up with this frenchy chair that I just spray painted Heirloom White.

I recovered the seat with this scrap of toile fabric.  I used the misters new pneumatic stapler gun. That tool is worth whatever he paid for it!

I don't think I am going to glaze the chair.  What do you think?

And you know how I love my shandys over at  http://www.etsy.com/shop/DandyShandy.   Isn't she beautiful dripping in crystals.  She is frenchy proud in the guest bedroom.   The room is ready with a new coat of paint, a few new blue pillows, and the honeymoon mirror - lets have a sleep over!

I am going to link up to Kim's, WOW us Wednesday party here.  Check it out - I am sure you will find some inspiration at her party for your own home.


  1. That mirror turned out great and it is such a pretty shape. Love the chair. I would probably just sand some of it to distress it, but not glaze it. Great chandy and thanks for joining the party.

  2. The mirror finish looks fabulous.. I love how you shared the process ups and downs. That's exactly how I work. Just try it and figure the rest along the way.

    I love that chandelier.. I'll check out that Etsy link.

  3. I LOVEEEE that mirror. I can't believe you got it for so cheap. Its just gorgeous. You did an awesome job!!


  4. Love your blog...and this mirror...but what I love the most is your cute hair cut in you picture from the message you left when you visited me....so cute. julie

  5. The mirror turned out great in the blue. Great glazing too. Love the back on that chair and the new chandy is really pretty!

  6. I love the painted mirror and the nickname. Honeymoon mirror sounds so special!

  7. Hello! I wanted to stop by and say "thank you" for visiting my blog. Your mirror turned out great! I love the robin egg blue color. Also, the seat cushion on the chair looks wonderful. You can never go wrong with toile!

  8. I love how the mirror looks now! Your chair and chandelier are gorgeous too!

  9. You might be a redneck if you go "yard-salin" on your honeymoon. Just sayin'. ;)

    Everything looks lovely as usual.


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