“Gold, pure gold.” THOSE were the thoughts in the mind of the creator of this old mirror of mine.
Okay, maybe not pure gold but still, I believe that in the beginning the creator of my thrift store mirror had every intention of making this mirror quite beautiful. A mirror to be displayed and admired.
(Keep reading to hear a little secret about this mirror 😉
Eventually she was purchased and probably did have a stint at living life as the mirror she was created to be. Then time passed and, as often happens, circumstances for this mirror didn’t turn out as expected. Life happened. Lots of life apparently as this mirror eventually became a lady most colorful. And not in the best of ways. I was so excited when I saw this mirror sitting on the Goodwill shelf with the $4.99 price tag that I added it to my cart in a heartbeat. The checker though! I could tell by the look on her face when I placed it on the checkstand that she was a bit surprised that anyone would dole out their hard earned money for such a hideous piece.
A painted lady, gaudy in iridescent purple, blue, and green, hiding the gilded beauty of what she was originally created to be. I get that. I believe that we are all created with unique gifts and talents and the potential to be what God designed us to be. Life circumstances can change us though, shut us down, make us fearful to pursue God’s intended path for our lives.
Some of us seem to push through to fulfill our dreams early on in life. Others may need a lot of healing to get back on the right track (that’s me, a late bloomer). Unfortunately some may never get there because they have no one in their lives to see through to the beauty beneath and walk with them toward their full potential.
I decided that I would not take this mirror back to her former glory because she wasn’t the same mirror. She had many layers now and, though they were indeed gaudy, I didn’t want to hide them completely.
I began this project by toning down my colorful mirror with a few coats of homemade cassein paint that I learned to make in the online painting course Farragoz, The Art of Patina. This simple-to-make paint creates great texture!
To add even more depth I decided to give my mirror a crackled look by randomly dabbing wood glue over the cassein paint.
After that was nearly dry I painted the mirror using my Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe with latex paint that Home Depot custom matched to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint’s French Linen (taken from my ASCP color card).
You can see here how nicely the paint is cracking as it dries.
A dry brushing of a lighter color Homemade Chalk Paint (a Home Depot match to Annie Sloan’s Old White) followed next.
Last of all I used a clear soft wax to seal the layers of paint, pressing Amy Howard’s Dust of Ages into the crevices while the wax was still somewhat tacky. Have I told you how much fun this stuff is to work with? It comes in a large 10 oz. jar which should pretty much last me forever. For ordering info you can click on the picture below.
Now for a little outdoor photo shoot . . .
. . . with Sasha stopping by to check on her appearance. She is none too happy with all the new grey in her muzzle.
More close ups to show the depth that the milk paint and crackle medium give a painted piece.
Here you’ll see a little bit of the old color coming through because sometimes a little peek of where we’ve been can remind us of how far we’ve come and make us grateful.
It’s hard to believe now that this was once an atrocious looking mirror, shunned and discarded at the Goodwill.
Maybe it takes one who has experienced the feeling of being shunned and discarded to see the beautiful potential in one like this.
Now for the little secret I told you I would reveal: This mirror, underneath all of it’s Old World charm, is plastic! Yes, PLASTIC. Who would ever guess?
For more furniture painting ideas and techniques please check out my Pinterest board, and follow along if you like. To enroll in an awesome online painting course where you’ll learn to make your own paints and be guided through the process of learning several different finishing techniques please check out the Farragoz link here (or on my sidebar).
“For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb . . . My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery] . . . Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them. How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I could count them, they would be more in number than the sand. When I awoke, [could I count to the end] I would still be with You.” Psalm 139:13-18 The Message Bible
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
And just in case you were wondering . . . it is never too late for God to redeem the wasted years of our lives.
You are loved so much!
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Marcia Tobin says
I am very interested in learning the paint techniques you learned from the Farragoz painting techniques course. I have never heard of this until reading your blog. I have had an antique business for nearly 20 years and have painted lots of furniture over the years. I was waxing painted furniture long before it became the popular thing to do. I now need something to set me apart from everyone selling painted furniture. My concern is how easily obtainable are the ingredients used to make the paint? I would love to hear more about your thoughts on the course. Hope to be chatting with you. Marcia
At Rivercrest Cottage says
I just did a post last night on a piece of pottery last night that I am trying to age down and said I planned to try Amy’s Aging Dust. Buying it today and can’t wait to try it. I love her one-step paint. It sticks to anything.
Much prettier! I love any makeover for its transformative power. Well done!
Sharon H says
You are living proof that it’s never too late, Patti. I’m so thankful that someone took an interest in YOU, at a time when you weren’t at your best, and helped you to reach the place where you are today. Your potential is limitless, because God is limitless! Your patina is gold, and like a mirror, your life is a reflection of God’s Grace, and Mercy and Love. “I thank my God every time I remember you…”, Phil 1:3 NIV
Have a happy and blessed Memorial Day weekend!
So good you saw the beauty in this beautiful mirror.
Great job Patti
Have a wonderful Sunday
Carol Cook says
I love what you did with the mirror.
And, I love the photos with your garden and the dog reflected in the mirror.
Debbie Williams says
Mary Geisen says
You did a beautiful job with the mirror and pointing to God who makes all things new. You also referenced my favorite Psalm 139. Those are my life verses. Thank you for sharing your heart.
Joanne Viola says
Your photos are beautiful!
Beautiful!! Thanks for these detailed steps… Now I want to hit the local thrift store! Blessings, liz
Michele Morin says
Patti, I can barely believe that I read every word of this post. I’m just not a crafty person, but you make it so interesting and you are such an artist that I couldn’t resist. And I loved seeing Sasha’s sweet face framed in the lovely mirror. God has certainly given you a gift of communicating His truth in a context that will be winsome for many who share your love of restoration (both kinds).
Lovely, Patti. Stopping by from Coffee for Your Heart.
Deb Wolf says
What a transformation! Love it! And oh the transformations our Lord is able to do with us. Blessings to you, Patti!
Valerie Sisco says
I love what you did with the mirror — what a fun project! And I love how you could see what the mirror could be with a little TLC and a lot of paint! 🙂
Susan Shipe says
I just knew you were going to tell us it was plastic – my mom had the same mirror!!! Great post and I’m going to go see your recipe for homemade chalk paint – everyone has a different twist. Have you chalk painted an upholstered piece yet? I’m dying to try that.
I love this so much! I’ve just started trying to make some old things new. So glad I stopped by here.
Wow!! What a detailed process of turning something ugly into something beautiful!! That really does describe how God works in our own lives. There is a process (or journey) for us to go through, as well, as He continually sanctifies our hearts and minds. As we continue on this journey, we know that one day our bodies and souls, as Christ followers, will be perfect in every way!!
Ruth Campos says
I agree that “it takes one who has experienced the feeling of being shunned and discarded to see the beautiful potential in” others who have been shunned and discarded. This experience of being mistreated, when surrendered to God, can give us the compassion we need to share with others who have suffered or are suffering in similar ways. (2 Cor. 1:3,4)
I love that you transformed this mirror and used it as an object lesson of what God can do in us! 🙂
Sarah Donegan says
Wow that is so cool! I wish I had an eye for what things could be 🙂
You have chosen the best color for the mirror. I like its new look. It’s classic.
Michelle - Jarrah Jungle says
A great makeover and it looks right at home outside as well, I love how it reflects the pretty flowers in the garden 🙂
Lois Flowers says
I love what you’ve done with the mirror, Patti. I can’t believe it’s plastic … wow! And those outdoor photos are beautiful too. Glad to be your neighbor today at ThoughtProvokingThursday.
Joanne E Boulter says
Your mirror turned out so beautiful! Thank you for sharing it on SYC! Jo
The mirror is absolutely gorgeous. I love the techinque and the colors you used. That was money very well spent.
What dreamy patina you’ve created! Thank you for sharing how you created it! Your baby is so sweet, and what a great photo! I hope you have an amazing day!
Deb Wolf says
I love it, Patti! Your analogy is perfect and your photos . . . gorgeous. Your puppy is so cute and your flowers lovely. The old is made new! Yay!!
Jann Olson says
It looks like it’s a fine aged piece Patti. Love all of the layers and textures! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
Sherry Legan says
Great job. What a bargain. I would have bought it too! Thanks for sharing. And thanks for showing how you did it!
Have a great week.
Patti, you do such a great job of bringing about a lovely redo with a beautiful message! Thank you for sharing this encouragement on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! 🙂
Turned out beautifully!
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!