February 14, 2011

Gilt Gone Wild

If you missed the first post about my oval gilt mirror, click here. As promised, here's the 'during' and 'after' portion of the project.

Because the mirror was recently re-framed, I wanted to avoid disassembling (no disassemble!) the whole shebang. So - as a first step - I carefully applied painter tape between the mirror and the frame, cutting the tape into little triangle bits around tight corners.
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Before describing the next two steps in the 'prep' process, you need to understand: I'm messy.  As a kid, every year, I asked for and received CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH SOUR CREAM CHOCOLATE FROSTING on my birthday (thank you mom. nom nom nom.) No matter the age - six, twelve, twenty-four - I managed to get chocolate in the weirdest places - hair, elbow, forehead.  Guaranteed. Without fail.  Also? If I make breakfast before Mr. Man in the morning? He'll often pad into the kitchen and ask, "how did she get yogurt THERE?!' I'm the same way with paint: gesticulate-y.
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So - to avoid getting paint everywhere - step two, I cut a piece of thick plastic just smaller than the mirror.
Step three, I applied a different color painter tape (so I could tell the difference later) taping the plastic to the first blue course of tape.
Then I painted it.......turquoise. Peacock turquoise.
My verdict? Meh. I love the color, but think I'll put it back in storage until I have white walls. Against a white wall, I think it will look AWESOME. But against our inherited wallpapered walls? Not so much. However, we are all (Morgan included) enjoying the new turquoise ombre rug.

20 comments:

  1. Noooooo! Don't put it away!! It looks gorgeous there!! Perfect in that spot...and with that rug!! The accents of blue in the pillow and the plate make it look like you had a paid decorator come by!! I love it!

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  2. I think it looks great and you should leave it. It looks great there. Keep it!

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  3. You really gave that mirror new life! I'm with the others, don't touch it :) It belongs right where it is.

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  4. Sweetie, WHAAA-FREAKIN'-HOO!!! Love it! And the RUG! And the PILLOW! Are you channeling Jonathan Adler? xoxo mom

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  5. how fun! i have a number of comments, which i will list for you :)
    1. you did a really nice job with that!
    2. i love the turquoise but i agree about the wallpaper. something about the wall texture makes the mirror seem kind of . . . flat.
    3. i love how psycho morgan looks in that photo. love it.
    4. tell me more about this rug. i need one much like it.

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  6. Hey Loveandaleash! The rug is from Pier One - it was 50% off.

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  7. I love turquoise! (we're painting the living room turquoise soon) Love it :)

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  8. leave it up! it looks fabulous!

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  9. Love love love! And love the vignette. AND love the rug. MAHvelous.

    Jen

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  10. I love it. Totally unexpected and super interesting. It looks great! I vote leave it up!!

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  11. I also vote to leave it up, it looks gorgeous in that setting!

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  12. I honestly would not take that puppy down. I love it! It looks amazing with the carpet and yes it will look incredible with the white walls but I think it still looks pretty rockin' with the wall paper too!! <3 Great job!!

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  13. I say leave it up. Why deny the gratification of seeing the mirror that has greeted you for most of your whole life just because the walls aren't "done" yet? Sure, eventually you'll love the room more (and the mirror more), but don't deny yourself the little pop of color, and the little bit of sparkle that a mirror provides. We all need a little bit more light these days.

    Oh, and I'm wondering... did you end up getting paint on yourself? Did all your prep work save you from yourself?

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  14. I really like the color! So bright and cheery! :) I actually just painted lamps that color. At first I was a little shocked, but they're growing on me. The color really brightens up a room!

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  15. Hey Kati! I totally forgot to mention that I painted it myself! Isn't that funny - the most important part. It's acrylic semi-gloss paint from Clark Paint in W. Spfd.

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  16. Looks great in that fun color!

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  17. I love it! Nicely done. I love the look on Morgan's face!

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  18. Does painting over that antique finish make you feel gilt-y??

    Sorry, that was a terrible pun.

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