Ornate Mirror Gets an Updated Look

5 Materials
4 Hours

Mirror are my absolute favorite thing to refinish. I guess because of all that detail.. thats what draws me to them.
cleaning an ornate mirror takes so much time. I use a can of air first to get the dust off. then a very soft toothbrush to get into the details. then spray it again. then a light wipe down of water.. that's what I do (most times)! what do you do?
taped off this mirror.. but another good idea I have used in the past is to use those paint cards you get in the paint department and stick them all around. works really well!
2 coats of heirloom traditions cobblestone paint. wait a day for that to really dry... followed by a quick coat of general finishes high performance top coat because glazing was next.
general finishes pitch black glaze was applied. I entered their design challenge last year and I ended up coming up as a winner of some prizes. yay! so anyway, moving on... I usually use a chip brush to apply my glazed because im kind of rough with it and I like to really push it into the crevices. as you can see here, it's covered. next step is to wipe it back with a clean cloth.
Wow! LOOK AT THAT DETAIL and how it just pops now!?
another example
with the glaze applied...
I sealed again using the same top coat by general finishes... then I used silver metallic wax to go over the finished product - I just applied some to my finger and basically just dragged it across the mirror. all of the raised areas would pick it up.
Final Result!
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3 questions
  • Donna Gillet
    Donna Gillet
    on Mar 8, 2019

    Hi beautiful. I don't see the can of air you mention listed.Can you say more about it, please?

    • Lisa
      on Jan 3, 2020

      Hard to believe they don't make a gadget that shoots out air! I just hate filling up the landfills with empty aerosol canisters! Thanks,

  • Jan Berry
    Jan Berry
    on Mar 12, 2019

    General Finishes High Performance Topcoat comes in different finishes, from flat to high gloss. Which one did you use? Could add the link to that?

  • Diane Walkenhorst Beach
    Diane Walkenhorst Beach
    on Nov 11, 2020

    How long do you let the glaze sit before you start wiping it off? Working on my mirror now and this is my next step :)

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  • Loretta
    on Nov 10, 2019

    Wow! What a difference! That is beautiful!

  • Tonya
    on Aug 18, 2020

    This looks awesome! I've ALWAYS wanted to paint my ornate mirror! Beautiful!!! tfs

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