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Feb 20, 2012

Updating a Mirror

I stumbled into a little decorating project by accident this weekend. 

I was trying to clean some double-sided tape off of a mirror in anticipation of hanging it up in the newly-painted entranceway (post to come about that, I promise!) 

This is the mirror before. 


Just an everyday mirror, from Lowe's I think.  I'm not sure what the frame is made of; I don't think it's real wood though.


The tape goes all around the outside edge and is a leftover from Christmas decorating (2 years ago).  I was just using regular nail polish remover to get rid of the sticky residue. 


It was quickly apparent that the tape wasn't coming off but some of the finish on the frame was. I wasn't happy about that at first, but when I rubbed a little harder along the edge and the original frame colour came through I thought it gave the frame a sort of oil rubbed bronze look.  So I kept going.


I would wipe some polish remover along the edge, wait a minute, and then rub it again until I got to where I wanted it. The whole thing took about 20 minutes to do.  It now has more depth and dimension. 



This shot is a good example of the before and after.





Here it is hanging in the hall. 
I'm not sure the detail comes through from this far back.


And unfortunately I still need to find something
to remove that darned tape on the outside edges.


What's better than a happy accident?  A happy decorating accident that costs you nothing!


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I'm linking up here this week!


9 comments:

Deidre~ said...

Dont you just love it when you stumble upon a "good thing"? Looks really great now much more depth:) Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

BarbSteadman said...

I bought some on Friday! Haven't had a chance to use it, though my husband has and is now in love with the stuff!

Messforless said...

That is great! Love how you discovered this new technique. Wonder if it would work on other things as well. Hmmm.  I am a new Pinterest follower visiting from One Art Mama. Vicky from Mess For Less 

Amy Fredrikson said...

I never knew you could do that! Very cool!

Claire said...

Beautiful mirror,thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays :)

Jessica said...

Love it when an accident becomes fabulous! 

Hope you'll link up to my new link party! 

Mauvin' Monday Link Party

Cheers,
Jessica

Musebootsi said...

I love it when a plan comes together! And you didn't even have to buy anything! Amazing!

BarbSteadman said...

Thank you!

BarbSteadman said...

Thanks!