Epic Antique Mirrors

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Alright Peeps.  I freaking love, love, love this project!
I know, I know.. I freaking love every project.
But me and these mirrors???  We're like this.

Aren't they gorgeous?  Aren't they beautiful? 
{At least that's what I tell them every time I walk by}.
Okay seriously I also love Mandi at Vintage Revivals.  She inspired these mirrors with her Anthropologie Acid Mirror TutorialLoved it!

I found another tutorial from HGTV so we know that it's totally legit.

Here are my poor little frames BEFORE.
The goldie was free, the black one $1 at a thrift store, the small one $1 at a garage sale and the clock was supervising the transformation.
Cost of mirrors {thanks Speedy Glass} $10.

Now I have to digress.  This was the most intimidating project that I have attempted to date. 
Have you ever white water rafted?  Rode the Drop of Doom?
I have.
And I had the same feelings of apprehension, nervousness and {pee your pants} excitement while doing this project.  The climax?  Not dieing of ACID exposure.  YAY!
Seriously I was freaked.  If I knew where to buy a haz-mat suit I would have.  Muriatic Acid?  Not your friend.  Scary!  Anyway, back to the mirrors...

I primed {1} and painted {2} my frames.  Then I used 4 parts Faux Glaze {3} and 1 part acrylic paint to distress my frames {4} {5}.  Then I tried valiantly to get the freaking paint off of the back of my mirror {6}.  Paint stripper?  More like paint dresser.  So I scrapped the back of my mirror with a putty knife {7} and what a workout that was!  See the grey and orange paint still remaining? Then I put on my protective gear, chatted a bit with God and sprayed Muriatic Acid on the back of my mirror.  Oh My!  How cool is that?  I survived!  And portions of my mirror are see through {8}.  Wow!  Totally worth it!  Lets do that AGAIN!! Oh {9} picked out gorgeous patterned paper to line the mirrors with.


My finished project.
And now for a whole bunch of photos of these beauties...

Might be my favorite...

Oh but those blue polka dots...

and that turquoise!

Pretty details.

They rest at the top of our entrance way/stairwell. 

sigh.  I'm in love.
Thanks for reading ~ I hope that you love them as much as I do!



33 comments:

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE them. They are GORGEOUS!!! Great project! I would have been tempted to VOTE for you! I will be posting our #3 OMTWI knock off this week too. Please link your mirrors up at our Sister Sunday link party!
    Amy
    www.SistersoftheWildWest.blogspot.com

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  2. Oh I love this post! I'm getting ready to make a photobooth for my birthday party and this tutorial is perfect. Thank you! I would love it if you'd link to my Weekend Warrior Party, here's the link: http://www.askannamoseley.com/2011/05/weekend-warrior-link-party-4.html

    Anna
    www.askannamoseley.com

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  3. I love these mirrors!!! you did such a great job. absolutely perfect!
    -emily
    nestnestingnested.blogspot

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  4. PHENOMENAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the polka dots.

    I am planning on doing this curvy, long IKEA mirror that is hanging in my dining area. It actually hangs too high for people to see in it. It just reflects the chandelier. Thus, this is the perfect project. I am glad to see that another person has tried it, because I was afraid it was something that only Mandi was brave enough to so (muriatic acid is scary). I will have to send the kidlets away to do this.

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  5. Love how they turned out, they are gorgeous! Please stop by www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

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  6. These are fantastic! This is on my 'to do' list -- I saw a site where they used OVEN CLEANER to remove the mirror silver so I think I'll try that first. I know it has to be a "real" mirror and not one with 'fake' silver like you'd find at the dollar store but I'm thinking I'll try it on a few oldies I have to see if it works! Thanks for sharing your amazing project!

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  7. Hey there - GREAT blog!! Stopping by from the

    Monday blog hop - I'm your newest follower via

    GFC :) Would *so* appreciate a follow back!

    Alex
    http://www.thekidisrich.blogspot.com/
    Educating kids and teens in entreprneurship.

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  8. Wow, I really really love these! Great job! Found you on Ask Anna's weekend warrior link up!

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  9. I love this and have been wanting to try it. But was scared was it hard? I am visiting from keeping it simple linky party. Come and say hi I love visitors

    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

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  10. I love these, especially the teal one! Very pretty :) Thanks for sharing!

    Katelyn
    Domesticcharm.blogspot.com

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  11. Gosh I guess muratic acid is my next try. Someone said to use oven cleaner which did absolutely nothing and I had heard the stripper didn't do a great job either.

    Love the backgrounds you used! and the frames look so pretty in there new paint!

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  12. So much better than Mandi's!! Great job and oh so brave!!

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  13. Yep I'm in love too! These turned out so awesome! I am glad you survived the acid...haha you are TOO funny!

    Delighted Momma

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  14. Good Morning...
    I hate to be such a spoil sport, but we Do it Yourselfers(I'm including myself) really need to start being more aware of the damage we inflict on our delicate environment. Muratic Acid??? That stuff is TOXIC! It gets in the air, in the ground and in your lungs. Where are all of you Muratic Acid users storing this stuff? Even closed it can erode things around it in your garage or basement.

    Please think about the products you use and respect those toxic warnings on the labels.

    We only have one planet and we need to respect it.

    Thanks for letting me play Devils advocate ;->

    Janet xox

    PS...I have decided to stop using spray paint from a can....will use my non aerosol sprayer only. Every little bit helps

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  15. They look great! It is scary working with some of that stuff, but glad to see that you survived it for an awesome outcome! Especially one that you love so much!

    Great job!

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  16. This is great! I hope you'll stop by and link up:
    http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2011/05/inspire-me-monday-thanks-for-stopping.html

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  17. I love the colors...so beautiful...especially the blue. I should try changing mine up---all my picture frames are black.
    liZ
    (simplesimonandco)

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  18. Oh my gosh these are so AWESOME! they turned out GORGEOUS! Thanks for checking out my tutorial!
    -Justsewsassy.com

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  19. i love this. mirrors are great to bring extra light into a room and i love the frames detail

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  20. Thanks so much for linking up! I think the red one is my favorite too!

    www.cherishedbliss.com

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  21. These are absolutely gorgeous~ love how they came out! The details are wonderful~Would love for you to come share these at Feathered Nest Friday :)

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  22. These are incredible! I'd love to tackle this project but I don't think they'd turn out this good! Thanks for sharing :)

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  23. this turned out amazing!! i am in love with it! gives me a little nudge to start looking for some mirrors I can do this with. Thanks!

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  24. Just GORGEOUS!!! They made the To Do List this week! Feel free to stop by and grab a button! Can't wait to see what you share next!

    Smiles!
    Jami

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  25. fantastic! love the color combination (and the enthusiasm! lol!)

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  26. You should be in love! These are gorgeous!

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  27. Gorgeous! I love these!! (Found you through CSI Project!) My top 10 for sure! :-)

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