Thursday, September 20, 2012

Faux Zinc Mirror

This was the third of three faux zinc makeovers I have done thus this is my final project.  The first one was Chef Pierre and then I did the faux zinc lamps this week as well.  For this project I did not use wax to seal the project.  The mirror was originally painted purple.  No, that wasn't the original color, but someone painted it purple, but I loved the ornateness of the frame and bought it anyway.

 I sprayed it with primer gray which no matter what color I was going to paint the mirror, it had to be primered to cover the purple which by the way bled through a little bit, but just a tad.  I washed it down with gesso and wiped it back, then I came back with the Duck Egg Blue chalk paint and dry brushed here and there.  I took my acrylic glaze medium (found in the acrylic paint section of your craft store) and mixed it with the burnt umber acrylic paint.  I used a ratio of three to one, one being the burnt umber.  I used a wet brush, dipped it in the glaze and dabbed here and there on the details of the frame so it would appear "dirty" in the crevices.
 After the mirror sat and cured for awhile, I sprayed it with Deft lacquer spray to seal it all in.  I did remove the mirror from the frame when I did all of this so the back side got done as well.  This will be my final zinc-like project for awhile.  First I need to see if this finish will sell in our venue.  If it does, I will experiment with it some more.

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7 comments:

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That was a lot of steps, but so worth it....Beautiful! I do the same thing, make a couple of something new and then sit back and see if it sells before I do more...Let us know!

Carol

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

The zinc finish really brings out the pretty details of the mirror. And who doesn't need another mirror in their house?! I've got them everywhere.

T!na said...

I love the way it turned out. So pretty!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful frame, Maggie! I probably would have bought it, too, no matter what color it was. I always try and look beyond that to what it could be. This turned out great.

Donna said...

What a gorgeous mirror, Maggie! It's hard to imagine it ever being purple! You did an excellent job with your makeover, it sounds pretty labor intensive! I always am on the hunt for vintage Syroco mirrors, I bet yours will sell right away:)

Susie said...

I think you did a great job on the mirror. I may have to try something like that. Smiles, Susie

Cynthia said...

I really like the finish. The detailing is gorgeous. Great mirror.

Cynthia