Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Mirror Redo: More Paint Removal!

Yes, here is yet another lovely item I snatched up for a steal, only to turn around and cover it with black spray paint. This time a beautiful silver leaf mirror found at a Crate & Barrel floor model sale. Apparently I was taking to heart the advice I'd heard that every room needs a black accent.


So while that period was my "cover every great find with black spray paint phase", apparently I'm now in the "remove all spray paint with Smart Strip phase". Which begs the question...what phase will be next?


The test spot. Leaving on the paint remover for a few minutes exposed the silver leaf beautifully.


So I slathered the stuff over the rest of the frame.


The challenge here was to let the Smart Strip sit long enough to remove the layer of spray paint...


...but not so long as to begin eating away at the silver leaf.


I mostly succeeded. Because of this limitation it was hard to get all the black paint removed, but I quickly realized a little remaining black would assist in achieving the final result I was after.


Next I pulled out a tube of another favorite product of mine, Rub 'n Buff.



Just enough, not too much, leaving traces of the silver and black showing through.


I wanted a touch of gold as the fixtures in the powder bath are oil rubbed bronze, and these two finishes look great together.


The gold also will look fabulous against the new wall color...which is a work in progress. I have some plans!


For some reason the frame reads and photographs with a much deeper gold tone in the powder room.



But look at how great it looks next to the botanical print frames! Another item rescued from the actions of a previous paint job. Next?

85 comments :

  1. Before getting to that part of the post, I was already thinking leaving some of the black and using rub'n buff!!! Brilliant! Oh this is going to be good girl! GOOD I tell ya!

    Loving that color and those prints!

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  2. Love the warmer color of the frame with your wall color. It's going to look very fresh and light.

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  3. I'm loving it so far. I also love the way you keep us in suspense when you're working on a project. Definitely keeps me coming back for more!

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  4. I need to get some of that product. Is it only available online or could I find it in stores?

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  5. i think this powder room is going to look fabulous..great job, janell..xx meenal

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  6. The new frame colour is lovely. Can't wait to see where you put it!

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  7. Isn't Rub and Buff the best??? It leaves such an aged patina and goes on so easily. I can see where you're going and I'm liking it!!

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  8. I have to smile each time I read your blog. I love that you are un-doing some of your previous makeovers. I know those phases...scary to think what the next one might bring on. I used to love all light furniture, then I went through a phase where I really loved rich dark furniture...now I'm going back to lightening things up. The mirror came out great. Who knew you could remove spray paint.

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  9. I forgot about Rub and Buff. I have a tube of it somewhere? The mirror looks great!

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  10. I am very impressed. The gold is the perfect finish to the mirror - Very nice touch...

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  11. Yes, I went through the black phase too. Once I realized how much black painted furniture shows dust, I repainted everything white.
    Will we be seeing any aqua/turquoise accents in your new bath? I think they would look great with the new wall color.

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  12. "who knew you could remove spray paint"...ha! I'm certainly proving you can recently. AND trends, yes, our tastes are changing perhaps a bit too fast, I too was all about the dark furniture and now I'm enjoying mixing in some beautiful mid tones. It's a good thing eclectic design is in!

    Janell

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  13. I also tend to paint alot of my furniture black…It has been my comfort zone for so long! I recently started to venture out into turquoise and white and I am loving it! I just may have to redo some of my black pieces too…I would love for you to come see my latest checkered turquoise cabinet when you get a chance!

    Have a great day!
    Sherry

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  14. OH MY GOSH!!!! Its pure yummy loveliness!! I truly got chills seeing that black spray paint come off! LOL
    And from what I can see that lil room is going to be gorge!!!

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  15. Going through design phases is fun, but it sure keeps you humping LOL. I think I've been from one end of the spectrum and back and everything in between. I recently went shopping in my shed. I bought a lot of pieces back in to get a redo. I like you am wondering,what the heck will we be doing next?

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  16. I would have never thought you could get the spray paint off... this is great news! The mirror looks perfect! And I'm liking the wall peeking out ...

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  17. Wow I would have thought that the remover would have removed the silver also, luck for you that it gave you a perfect base for the finish you wanted. It looks like it ws always gold Janell, perfection,Kathysue

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  18. gDub loves anything in Black!


    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  19. i love the warm color in there!

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  20. Another great DIY project - I so envy your creativity!

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  21. Love it! As I was reading your post I thought maybe it would be fun to leave a little black, so glad you did. I can't wait to see your big plan.

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  22. Rub-n-Buff is like nature's little helper!

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  23. Love the gold! Such a good idea (: You're right, it looks great against the other frames!

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  24. Looks terrific - quite chic. There is a missing too of Rub n Buff in my house and i need to find it.

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  25. Oh, you're so funny. In a high state of paint removal right now aren't you? I think the next stage will be as simple as covering it back up with paint again. Viscous cycle:)

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  26. And if that proves to be true I'm certain many will point it out. Too funny Carol.
    Janell

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  27. you are so talented!!!!! looks wonderful,
    xo,
    LuLu

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  28. I think it looks fantastic!!

    So fun meeting you at Blogfest, too!
    xo Elizabeth

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  29. You've done a fabulous job and thanks for the step by step instructions in case we ever want to be brave enough ourselves! Nicolex

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  30. I too have went through a "all black" and for that matter "all white" phase! I am glad to see that the paint stripper can work on all things! Looking forward to the bathroom reveal!!

    Tiffany @ {living savvy}

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