These Two Mirrors… Twenty Minutes and Two Heaping Tablespoons of Paint

Last week I was getting the eebie jeebies in the studio… too much stuff starting to pile up,  I’m sure many of you can relate.  Time to get in painting mode…

The nice thing about smaller furniture and accessories?   You can refinish them relatively quick,  and they’re perfect to showcase new colors and techniques.

These mirrors were a recent add,  rescued from a customers neighbor’s curb –  perfect to pluck off the heaping pile, paint, and move out to the store

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My initial thought was to paint them with my favorite dark grey from American Paint  – Freedom Road – but by time I got to picking up a brush it was after hours, and the next evening was a sold out Paint A Piece Workshop.  The mirrors needed to be OUT of the studio area in the morning, so we could clean and set up for class.

If I used Freedom Road I’d get it brushed on before I went home, but in the morning I’d still light sand it (not mandatory but for me it is – I like my chalk/clay finishes light sanded) and then I’d have to Topcoat or Wax it, for this brings out the true depth of color,  and also seals that paint up.

I wanted quick and easy – but still fabulous.   I stared at my wall of paints,  and it came to me –   Caromal Colour’s Reclaim Pewter.    Still a darker grey, Reclaim Pewter adheres to any surface  (like these plastic mirrors)  without first sanding, stripping/priming, and (whoo hoo) it has a sealer built in 🙂

I got out the paint,  plopped a heaping tablespoon on on a foam plate, and  started brushing  the paint onto the mirror –

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In what seemed like no time, I’d covered the top with all that detail, and thought

I need to grab my camera for this because no one will believe me!

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I  took a picture of the time

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then finished painting the mirror

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I used very little paint, didn’t tape (that will clean up easily with a blade and some cleaner) and if a little too much paint was on, I simply softened it back with a dry cloth

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When I was done, I captured the time –  about five minutes to finish the bottom half

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This time, I get the time from the start –  Mirror 2:

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Starting paint, about a heaping tablespoon-

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Almost there!

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Same thing,  ten minutes to complete

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and with that done,  I wash my brush and call it a night.

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The next morning the mirrors are nice and dry.  My plan was to apply a White Glaze (Caromal’s Creme Glaze) over the mirrors grey finish.   Only thing is – Reclaim Paint needs a few days to dry out (cure) before applying a glaze.  The jar says wait 48 hours, but I tell my customers  48 hours MINIMUM, and that waiting 3-4-5 days is excellent, if they can.   Why?   The longer you let your paint finish DRY, the easier the glazing is – if you glaze too soon you will gum your paint up and the glaze will be harder to wipe off.

So back to these mirrors –   the glaze is out.   Yes,  I’m going for it – these babies (mirrors) are going to be completed, cleaned, and propped in the showroom to dry – completely OUT of the way come  5pm Workshop time

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Here is why I am not following the rules –

  1. I applied a very thin layer of Reclaim paint to these mirrors.   Unlike furniture or cabinet finishes,  typically SOLID coverage,  which take longer to really DRY,  this leaner application makes for a nice light, soft finish.  With a night to dry out, I think I’m safe to glaze…
  2. The mirror surface is narrow –  I can brush the glaze over it FAST, and then just as quick I can wipe back the glaze – so it isn’t ‘sitting’ on that paint finish for long, gumming it up…

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I lightly brush some on

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and with a dry cloth, balled up, I soften back the finish

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What’s even sweeter?   I can wrap that rag over my finger, and softly wipe an edge or two, just like if I was sanding or wet wiping a chalk/clay finish

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A simple brushing on of glaze

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cover your whole surface

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and soften it back with a cloth

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then do that finger wipey edgey thing – if you desire a worn edge –

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If you click on a picture you can see the detail – this looks like I spent hours on this!DSC_6497

Oh, sweet child of mine……  🎶 (Guns N Roses 😎) 🎶
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I added a little color on the center panel, using a stencil and Caromal Colours Stencil Cremes (Snowberry and Mother Earth)

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Caromal Colours Reclaim Paint Colors –

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QUICK

EASY

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and,   FABULOUS 🙂

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And check this out  –  our first ever , DIY local TV program has officially aired 🙂  It demonstrates the process of Gold Leafing, and applying our Metallic Foils, as well as a few other fun things.

I will be adding a link to our blog here, as well as our future episodes – we have been asked to host two a month!  How fun is that?    The next taping is Monday, and hopefully we can incorporate a very cool piece in the exact process we discussed here on these mirrors  –  that way you can SEE it hands on.   Stay Tuned!

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8 responses to “These Two Mirrors… Twenty Minutes and Two Heaping Tablespoons of Paint

  1. LOVE it!! You did a wonderful job, Patty.

  2. The old fake wood pieces have lots of fun detail on them and are so much prettier painted. Yours look beautiful. Oh, btw love your new video. Great instruction and always wondered how to use those papers. I feel a new project headed my way . BUT, one question, how do you get the paint off those clothes !! 😉

    • totally love those old funky plastic parts Diane… clothes and paint are a bad mix for me , i m not an apron wearer, and i never think to keep a rag near by, so everything lands on my pants (most of the paint on my work t’s is from my wall finishing days..) – by time the pants hit the hamper and sit all week, theres no budging most of the spots… I wear them until they hit crunchy state then I replace with new and start over 🙂

  3. kathleen mcmillen

    I didn’t get the link for gold leafing…..;-(… ps loved the mirrors!

    There are only 3 things that can make your dreams come true: your thoughts, your words, and your actions.

    Kathleen…..

  4. Arthur Art-Faux Designs

    Very cool once again Patty, Love the photo progress nice detail takes quite a lot work to do a post like that keep it going.

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