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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

{ Mirror mirror...}

 I got this old oval mirror from Miss Flea a while ago ~
I had it above our mantel, then took it down
and of course now I want to hang it up again...
 
B E F O R E

 I wanted it more farmhouse-y looking,
so I looked up how to distress the mirror itself to age it a bit ~
 


Back of mirror

You can see the date is stamped on the reverse:
OCT '43
 

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I asked Peter to help me with it,
as I haven't ever used muratic acid before and was a little nervous about it~
so we read the directions carefully and began dripping it on the back of the mirror...
 
 

bubbles and peeling paint from the muratic acid treatment....
 
ALWAYS
wear protective glasses & gloves
and
use in a well-ventilated area!
 
here is our result:
 
 

A F T E R

I aged the wooden frame of the mirror a bit more too,
 and tucked in a few of my fav sepia-toned antique photos of
'instant relatives'
 
 

mirror, mirror
~ on the wall....
 
we hung it to the right of the mantel this time,
since our flat screen tv hangs above the mantel now ~
 
 

perfect!

it balances the room better and lends more light to the room
with it's reflective surface....
 
 

old & worn-looking
 
it makes me happy!
 
 

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I placed an antique screened pie safe under it
and then put a fabulous white wire/wood
birdcage on top of that ~
 
inside the birdcage is are more photos,
...some faux greenery and a flicker pillar candle
 
 

F I N I S H E D :)

have any of you ever tackled doing a project like this?
I love how it adds a lighter look to our farmhouse ~

Have a beautiful day my Friends!! 

Lori from
Notforgotten Farm

10 comments:

Nancy Bauer said...

That is really cool Lori! I love it and may have to try that on my "winter" mirror....last year I learned how to make glass vases and hurricanes into a mercury glass look...there's a few tricks to it but it turned out great...and beats spending oodles of bucks on the ones on the market...enjoy your new-old mirror :)

HomeSpunPrims said...

Girl....you are fearless! You will try anything!! I do think it looks wonderful and love it with the old pictures tucked in. Thanks for sharing the process. Hugs, Lori

wilma oud said...

Wat een goed idee!!!

gracie said...

It looks wonderful!

susiedele said...

So Neat! You are brave. I bought some of that acid once to clean sea shells and the instructions and warnings scared me so much that I returned it to the store. I didn't even care if I got my money back, I just wanted it out of my house. My son was a little guy at the time and I was afraid he'd get into it. He was like that.

NMK said...

We used to rust our tin cut outs with muric acid, that stuff is so strong! Rustoleum has a spray ,I haven't found it yet, that resembles old glass. Funny how some people think we are just nuts to want our mirrors to look old with spots ! After hitting a milestone this year...I Love this kind of mirror !!! Better than Botox !

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

Oh Lori, it is beautiful!! I love the way it looks now and how you've aged the mirror. The white frame is beautiful and speaks farmhouse so very much. I also love your new vignette with the birdcage and pie safe. Looks fabulous~

Barb said...

How pretty! I have never tried to age a mirror but your method worked very well.

denise said...

good job! denise

Linda said...

perfect !!!!!! your home is always lovely !!!! now I need to find a mirror!

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