Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mirror Revamped: Going Silver

From feeling down about my useless floorboards, I'm now feeling great about my revamped mirror!

Deciding that we had far too much wood in our bedroom - from the chest of drawers to the sleigh bed to the bedside tables - and after seeing some gorgeous antique-silver painted mirrors in a local design store with a four-figure price tag, I thought I'd have a go at turning our wooden mirror (above) silver.

Now, some might say that we had a perfectly good mirror frame and why attack it with an amateur paint job. Well, I'd probably agree but I was up for the challenge and hubby didn't seem to mind (or maybe he just wasn't listening).

Yet, while I fancied adding a little bit of glam to the boudoir, I didn't want a glitzy or fake, tinselly-type of silver colour either. With some help from my local Dulux paint man, I settled on Dulux Metallic in Pearl with a dash of Zinsser Smart Prime primer and some sanding to start with.

The added bonus of both paints is that they are water-based so brushes are easy-to-clean, they have virtually no odour and things can be re-coated the same day. My kind of low-effort painting.

I will let you know, however, that I've had them sitting in the laundry for the past month as I've not only been busy with other things but will admit I was little nervous about potentially ruining the mirror and having to put it out on the roadside for someone else to attack!

First coat sparkling in the sun

Putting my lack of confidence aside, I finally decided to give it a go on the weekend and I have to say, am more than pleased with the results

Second coat

The colour is just what I wanted and I think it now adds a certain je ne said quoi to the mantle and my trinkets that surround it. I hope you all agree!

Now I'm looking around for other things to paint silver ...


  1. A huge improvement! It is more glam which is great for the bedroom :)

  2. Just love the mirror. It looks so glamorous and stunning. It was a great idea, welldone.

  3. Love it. Love your comment too about your other half... surely he doesn't tune out when you talk about paint projects!?

  4. What a great project! It looks great:) Hope you are having a wonderful weekend,sweetie:)

    Kisses and see you soon:)

    Ps: I hope you had a chance to enter my GIVEAWAY!!!

  5. It looks great- so much better. And such a big improvement for the cost of paint. Well done:) I did something similar with some very gold picture frames. I don't know if you saw it on the Decorating Forum?

  6. Oh I LOVE the metallic shimmer the mirror has! great job, Jane!

  7. It looks amazing! Love it!!
    Has given the wall and shelf such a lift.

    Did your husband agree in the end? I am sure he loves the revamp!?

    Well done!

    x Charlotta

  8. He was quite pleasantly surprised, actually, Charlotta and even suggested other things I could paint! Jane :)

  9. Wow, the silver has come up beautifully! It looks great Jane! xx

  10. I just stumbled upon your blog and I love the job you did on this mirror. It looks wonderful! I did the same thing with an old mirror of ours as well, but I didn't do it as well as you. One question: did you have to take the mirror off to work on the frame?

    p.s. Now a follower.

    Rambles with Reese

  11. Hi there! I wandered over here from Raine and Sage and am now following you. I really like what you've done with the mirror, the paint makes it look really speccy.
    Megs :)


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