I’ve framed the last mirror in my house! This will be (most likely, I promise…maybe…) my last post about framed mirrors! If you are new to my blog let me introduce you to my other simple tutorials on framed mirrors: How to Frame a Mirror & How to Decorate a Mirror with Tile. These posts give you easy step by step directions to make your own mirror frame. Today I’ll show you how to use paint and glaze to enhance the details on your frame. If you have a delicate touch and can blot off paint then this project is for you! Trust me, it’s easier than it looks.
Below is a before picture of the mirror. This mirror was 73 inches wide and 36 inches high.
In the past I’ve used baseboard trim. But this time I had chosen pvc chair rail trim to use for the painted mirror frame.Next, I experimented with some possible paint color options, espresso with blue accents or blue with espresso accents. Then I let my daughters decide since this was going into their bathroom. The girls both chose the blue base with espresso accents. The newly painted cabinets are espresso also.
The first step was painting the chair rail trim with my base coat. The blue color is Benjamin Moore’s Atmospheric.
Then you want to dip a wad of cheesecloth in some dark espresso paint, tap excess on a napkin, and lightly brush the cloth across the relief (raised surfaces).
With barely a whisper of a touch, brush the cheese cloth along all the sharp edges. Don’t worry about perfection, imperfection gives it character. Allow it to dry completely.
Once you’ve added your dark espresso paint, this is what your trim boards will look like.
The next step is smudging all the trim with brown glaze. Glaze is very translucent and stays workable (wet) for awhile. Again, I dipped another piece of cheesecloth into the glaze and lightly stroked the boards horizontally, in the direction of the imaginary wood grain. Remember we’re dealing with PVC, not real wood. Then with a clean piece of cheese cloth, gently wipe off the glaze. The harder you wipe, then the more glaze you’ll remove. If you aren’t satisfied with the look, add more glaze and wipe again until you achieve the desire look. The results look like distressed and aged, painted woodwork.
Once everything has dried overnight, give the frame a light coat of a water based polyurethane sealer. Assemble the frame, gluing with pvc glue. Please refer to my instructions on assembly and how to mount the frame to the mirror by clicking here.
I was able to easily mount this painted mirror frame to the mirror totally by myself. The reason why I tell you this is because I want you to understand how very light and easy the pvc chair rail is!
Using paint and glaze to enhance the details of your mirror frame is a quick technique with beautiful results. My teenage daughters even gave the painted mirror their approval!
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