It all started with Jenny's suggestion for turning this:
So, I went to the craft store in search of gold leafing materials, but they were all out of gold leaf... and silver leaf. They only had copper left. That idea didn't appeal to me and I was all set to leave the store empty handed when I spotted this:
Rub 'n' Buff in silver leaf. I've only seen rub 'n' buff used in small applications before, but for $3.99 I figured, why not give it a try?
An hour after I got home my mirror looked like this:
not bad, eh?!
It was super easy. You seriously just wipe it on with a soft cloth, let it set for a couple of minutes and then buff it a little. A little goes a long way. I bought the last 3 tubes the store had on the shelf, but after doing the whole mirror I had barely put a dent in the first tube!
BTW- I came home from the store with R&B in "silver leaf" and in "gold leaf" unsure of which finish I would prefer. For some reason when I experimented with them, the silver went on beautifully, but I couldn't get the gold to adhere, so silver it was!
In my inspiration photo the mirror was surrounded by some beautiful and no doubt expensive prints, beautifully matted and framed. I opted to finally take the portraits I had taken of the girls out of the envelope and get them up where we can enjoy them! I picked up a bunch of super inexpensive frames and gave them a little R&B too, bought some mattes at the craft store and this is what I got:
I've had those little gold sconce/shelves for a decade (they were one of my first ebay purchases ever!). I'm still on the hunt for the right vases to set on top of them. I also haven't decided whether to leave them as is in hopes of tying in the other gold tone items in the room or give them the R&B treatment too?
BTW- if you're in the Baltimore area and you're looking for a good photographer, check out my friend Amy Donahue. She's great with kids, she's really reasonable and she does beautiful work:
After finishing the mirror the craigslist stars aligned and I scored two great deals in two days!
First was this gorgeous 8x10 PB wool rug:
then- remember how I wanted some kind of low profile coffee table for in front of the other sofa? I found this fun MCM bench.
It took some elbow grease to clean it up, but it looks pretty good now. It's still covered in the original vinyl. I may give it a makeover, but for the time being, at least it's totally kidproof!
Oh, and I found that starburst mirror on CL a couple of weeks ago.
Have you had any good CL scores lately?
Have a great weekend!
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