Very cool, taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall skinny wall mirror with roses . . .but the gold???
Good candidate for a shabby make-over!
ALWAYS check the back before you buy, to be sure that the frame can be easily detached from the mirror for repainting. I suppose you COULD ‘tape off’ a mirror to repaint it, but I’m just too lazy for that. If the mirror can’t be EASILY removed and reattached, I pass. (Time IS money when you are refinishing items to sell.)
This particular mirror backing was STAPLED in place??? Hmmmmmm. But most of the staples had been previously removed and the mirror was really held in place by the tape shown in the last picture. I decided the rest of the staples should come out easily too.
The staples did come out very easily. I gave the frame a good cleaning to get all the dust out of all the nooks and crannies.
Roses just are not supposed to be GOLD!
A couple of coats of an off-white spray paint and LOT of hand sanding to bring out all the pretty details.
The bow at the top.
The tassel at the bottom.
And lots and lots of roses to sand, petal by petal. I actually had to do the sanding in three or four sessions and give my hand a rest between!
Time to reattach the mirror. I was not brave enough to attempt to staple it back in place, and tape was not reliable enough. I had to GLUE the mirror back into the frame. Using my trusty Aleen’s Tacky Glue, I ran glue along the inset and replaced the mirror. Let that dry overnight, then filled the gap between the backing the the frame with MORE glue.
LOVE how it turned out!
It’s in ‘storage’ for the time being. Might end up saving it for next spring or the first of the new year. Next booth ‘do-over’ will be Halloween stuff . . .then Christmas . . . .then . . . . ALWAYS thinking ahead!