I didn't even know I was going to do this project until I was up on the ladder with my paint brush!
It took about an hour to gild the five and a half foot tall trumeau mirror I found on Craigslist...
...and it made all the difference in the world!
I just had to share!
Again, I use a stiff bristled artist's brush
Rub N Buff, Gold Leaf.
I use a drop of lavender essential oil to keep the gilding wax fluid. It is also very soothing!
I didn't want too much color for this small space. It could be overwhelming.
The angels are five feet tall. The commode and the mirror take up over nine feet of wall space, to give to some perspective!
The entire vignette, except for the angels, cost less than $300!
Yes, the mirror, the candle sconces, the iron urns, the crowns and even the commode...
Craigslist photo on left and the finished trumeau mirror on right.
I used multiple layers of color and washes, beginning with Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Chalk Paint in Cloud, then washes of white and black acrylic craft paint. I just played with the finish. You really can't make mistakes! They just add to the patina!
Originally, I painted the mirror a solid grey. Often, I will do that to better see the shape, so as not to be distracted by color.
It was pretty this way but the gold leaf pulls the mirror into the entire room.
Don't you agree?
It really brightens up the space and makes the entry very welcoming!
Raise your paw if you approve!
Thanks, Tallulah! She's always so agreeable!