Oval Mirror with Bow

I spotted this mirror in a thrift store and fell in love with it immediately (it had a great reflection -- of me! Ha ha, just kidding). It is oval with beveled glass and the frame is adorned with a charming bow at the top.


The frame's original finish was gold with hints of black and red specks. There weren't any defects in either the mirrored glass or frame, but I decided to paint it to update the overall look and to highlight the bow. I almost forgot to shoot a "before" picture but remembered just before I started painting.

As you can see I already taped off where the mirror meets the frame. Which is actually a nice visual demonstration of how to tape off curves. Obviously it's a little more time consuming to tape a curve versus a straight line, but I timed myself and it took less than 3 minutes. Alternatively you could forego taping and and then use a razor blade to remove excess paint from the glass. However, that step can be time consuming in itself, plus if you plan to add a wax or other sealer then you're in for a big mess and heartache. Take the time and tape it off first; you won't be sorry.

Before - charming bow at the top of the frame.


I choose a color scheme of Paris Grey and Old White. I added light to medium distressing throughout the frame. I thought it still needed just a little something more, so I added minimal amounts of glaze throughout to add further dimension and character.

Color scheme: Paris Grey and Old White.
I've received a couple of inquiries about how to paint the details and decorative trim on furniture. So I took a few shots of the process on this piece and will post a short tutorial after I've had a chance to review the photos and make sure I was able to capture the process.

Light-to-medium distressing was added to the frame.

Hints of dark glaze were added to give the finish additional dimension.
I took the mirror to the booth last night, but forgot to bring tools to hang it. So I left it propped against the wall for now. Approximate dimensions 30" high x 19" wide x 1.5" deep.

I'll end the post with a wish for a Happy Mother's Day weekend to all the moms, step-moms, and caregivers reading this blog post. And even though I won't be able to visit with her -- a special wish to my Mom for a Happy Mother's Day. I love you Mom!


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