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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Broken Mirror to Painting Save

I made it into the Iron Crafter Top 5 Mirror Challenge! Please click below and go vote, there are some awesome projects on there!

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I started out with a beautifully framed mirror but ended up with this painting. How in the world did that happen?

It started out as a $7 Goodwill find with a gorgeous frame and a loose mirror. Four foot long and two and a half feet wide, it was perfect for our master bedroom, right above the bed! Loose mirror? No problem! We tried to tighten it up. On the last turn of the last screw, it broke. Man, I nearly cried when a corner of it cracked.

What to do? The frame was still good. Why not turn it into a painting instead? Can't fix the mirror so I figured why not cover it up?

I turned to my tried and true method for covering up and adding texture.....crumpled tissue paper and mod podge! I taped the crack on front and back with clear packing tape.

Then I spray painted the frame with Oil Rubbed Bronze but I thought it was too Goth looking, so I high lighted it with an overspray of nice Leather Brown. Sweet! See how the tissue has dried to a nice opaque textured finish?


Time to paint! I knew I wanted something as a vivid blue focal point, so I began layering shades of blue, lavender, teal, purple and black around a white circle. There is also a bit of pink and dark green in there. The crumpled tissue really grabbed the paint and gave this a nice interesting texture. I knew I wanted a branch with a nest and some eggs and here is how it ended up.

I like it! I even used my favorite new paint tool, a DecoColor paint pen, to add some of the finer details. The Welding Man likes it too. And you know what? If I get tired of this I can always repaint it as something else. I'm adaptable that way.

Here's a close up of the nest with four eggs since we have four kids. Sure, they're all grown and flown now but since we've moved we all live in the same town, how cool is that? We see them all so often that our empty nest isn't really empty after all!

Ah, the carefully staged bedroom photo! What you can't see is the rocking chair on my side piled with clean laundry and the pile 0' shirts on The Welding Man's side of the bed. Also brought in some couch pillows since I haven't made more for my bed. But they're on the list!

My granddaughter has her first apartment now, so she has dibs on this
when I'm ready to give it up. But since her bedroom colors are black, white and red, I'd have to repaint this into something more her style. You know what? I can do that!

So in the case of this cracked mirror with the fabulous frame, it wasn't really a disaster. Gotta love that.

I'll be linking up to the fun parties in my sidebar. Come check them out and see all the amazing projects that are out there in blogland including the Iron Crafters mirror party at Fireflies and Jellybeans,





22 comments:

  1. Wow! I can't believe you painted that yourself. I could never do that. And what a great find on the mirror--$7 was a steal! :)

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  2. beautiful blue. my favorite color! it's gorgeous, Mom!

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  3. What a great save on that mirror!! I wish I could paint like that- you did a great job!

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  4. You are so talented. I would never have thought of that. If is did, I couldn't execute it. This is so beautiful over your bed and I love the sentiment of the next and eggs. Thanks for sharing, Ginger

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  5. Hi Ann,
    You have some serious talent!! I'm glad you stopped by my blog so I could find you!
    First, what a deal on the mirror! I couldn't get over how big it was. Second, great job turning a mishap into a positive. I love the painting. It looks gorgeous hanging over your bed.
    I'm your newest follower!!
    Jane

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  6. Sorry the mirror broke but your painting is so beautiful so it was a blessing in dusguise. Love the frame! You are so clever!...Christine

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  7. Love this! I'm a fan of intense blues and your painting delivers! I won't pass up another broken mirror!
    Your newest follower,
    Rikka j.
    Ricochet and Away!

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  8. 100% Fabulous! I wish I had half your talent. Your grand daughter is a lucky girl when she inherits that gorgeous piece.

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  9. Seriously?!?!! Definately NOT a disaster in ANY form of the w o r d!!! It ended up being an amazing work of ART instead. HOW BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  10. Oh, please! That frame is gorgeous, but your painting makes it shine! That's no lemon, that's lemonade at it's sweetest!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  11. That is beautiful! That frame really is gorgeous and I love the idea behind the eggs in the nest! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  12. Would LOVE it if you would link this project up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/09/turquoise-lovin-5.html

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  13. You did a beautiful job! I love the painting and that frame is gorgeous!

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  14. that is gorgeous! what an amazing save! :O

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  15. You made in the Iron Crafter top 5! Come and check it out at: http://firefliesandjellybeans.blogspot.com/2008/09/iron-crafter-mirrors-top-5.html

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  16. Oh so pretty, what a great re use not only purchased used but then upcycled! I just posted this on my blogs facebook page. Hope it gets the attention it deserves. I love the texture/primer idea and will be stealing that!

    Amber
    www.lifelovegreen.com

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  17. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!
    - - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  18. I love this idea and want to use it to salvage a brand new art deco mirror that fell and broke. I've never used mod podge before - did you mod podge the crumpled tissue paper onto the mirror?
    Thanks!

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