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Mirror Makeover in 3 Easy Steps | ORC Week 4

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Mirror Makeover in 3 Easy Steps | ORC Week 4

Hello Friends,

Until a couple of weeks ago, I had not even heard of The Great British Baking Show. Now I’m hooked, I tell you. Totally and completely out-of-control, wanting to binge-watch hooked.

And I really don’t know why. It’s just a show where amateur bakers come together and take on challenges involving pastries, cakes, breads, frostings, fillings, and jams. I mean, come on, we’ve all made these at some point. Right?

But, I think the attraction is not so much that they actually make these individual elements. It is instead how they manage to use practically every. single. element in every. single. dish! It’s really amazing. Every bake is a perfectly executed feast for the eyes long before it’s ever tasted.

And this amazing visual impact, I’ve come to realize, is actually created by the same three fundamentals (BLT) found in any design space. Yep, BLT.

A 1990s gold mirror gets a hot, new makeover | #spon Fusion Mineral Paint | #orc One Room Challenge | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint, but all projects and opinions are 100% my own.

Mirror Makeover | 3 Easy Steps | ORC Week 4

Actually, these three elements, better known as balance, layers, and texture (BLT), are the ties that bind many artistic disciplines together. This is why, when we start thinking in these terms, any design frame can be translated into any decor style.

Let me explain.

A Mirror with Good Bones

This out-dated mirror measures 47-inches wide, 60-inches long, and has a 6-inch depth on the frame. Because of the size, it has a good scale relative to the two-story wall and is the highpoint accessory for the room. The fact that it is located on the wall with the fireplace and the two-story windows is a super bonus. 

The problem is that the current frame color makes the mirror out-of-sync with the rest of the room. In order to get the mirror to anchor the room and provide the focal point (along with the rest of the mantel), it needs a new set of clothes.

BEFORE: An oversized mirror from the 1990s is made ready for a hot, new color | #spon Fusion Mineral Paint | #orc One Room Challenge | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Step 1: Clean and Color

After giving the frame a thorough cleaning, one coat of Fusion Mineral Paint’s Algonquin is applied using a brush that is sure to work the paint into all of the nooks and crannies.

DURING: An oversized mirror from the 1990s is getting the basecoat that leads to a hot, new look | #spon Fusion Mineral Paint | #orc One Room Challenge | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Algonquin is the perfect greige for this particular project, because, as a deep taupe with light-sensitive undertones, it can look “yellow-beige, brownish-grey, or grey sage.” And this is exactly what I need to blend the older colors already in the room with the newer colors that are arriving as part of the refresh.

DURING: An oversized mirror from the 1990s gets a basecoat of warm greige | #spon Fusion Mineral Paint | #orc One Room Challenge | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Step 2: Highlight Those Cheekbones

But while the beautiful greige color does neutralize the gold, it does not add any visual highlights to all of the textural twists and turns. This means that, because of how high the mirror will be hung over the mantel, much of the texture could be visually lost. 

DURING: An oversized mirror from the 1990s sporting a warm beige basecoat | #spon Fusion Mineral Paint | #orc One Room Challenge | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

To make the wood carvings pop, Fusion’s Champlain (a neutral warm white) is dry-brushed onto the very tip-top of the carved elements. Think about how adding blush to the cheekbones highlights and defines the face. This is the same idea. By highlighting the tops of the carvings, more depth and visual interest is added to the piece.

DURING: An oversized mirror with ornate wood carvings is highlighted with a warm white to create additional depth | #spon Fusion Mineral Paint | #orc One Room Challenge | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Step 3: Dark Wax the Crevices

Then, to take the contrast one step further, Espresso Wax (dark brown) is worked into all of the crevices. When the Espresso Wax is dry (about 30 minutes), the tops of the wood carvings are buffed with a clean, soft cloth. If the Espresso Wax is too dark on the tops or in any of the crevices, a bit of clear wax can be added and then wiped away to remove some of the dark wax.

DURING: A dark wax is the third layer added to this 1990s oversized mirror makeover | #spon Fusion Mineral Paint | #orc One Room Challenge | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

The result is a very large piece that now balances the rest of the color in the room. It also provides layers and textures that pop against the flat, warm-white wall.

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Think About This…

Have you ever been in a room where the layers and textures stop about four feet up the wall and the remaining wall to the ceiling is flat? I mean, like pancake flat? Well, I never want this to happen, but I surely don’t want it to happen in a room with two-story walls.

This is why a highly textured mirror in a warm, neutral greige is just perfect.

AFTER: A 1990s mirror with ornate wood carvings is refreshed for the One Room Challenge | #spon Fusion Mineral Paint | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

Outside-the-Box

Once I stopped placing the mirror in the “traditional-style-only” box and opened my mind to upcycling based on balance, layers, and texture, the mirror took on a whole new life. In fact, my guess is that this mirror could now fit into a good many decor styles.

But that’s just my thought. I’d love to hear yours. 🙂

End of Week 4 Progress

The mantel is complete and rockin’ the new look. Now that the focal point of the room is set, the rest of the room is easy peasy.

Progress from Previous Weeks

Click here for Week 1 – Great Room Plan

Link here for Week 2 – How to Make a Discount Rug Work Like a Boss

Click here for Week 3 – 4 Easy Ways to Make Elegant Wall Art

Week 4 – You are here

Click here for Week 5 – How to Make Custom Sized Pillow Covers

Link here for Week 6 – Great Room Reveal

Coming Attractions

In Week 5, it’s all about the fabric. The sofa gets a refresh with easy-to-sew upholstery fabrics.

See how an outdated sofa is refreshed with fabric and accessories | Eclectic traditional | #ORC One Room Challenge | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

And in Week 6, the Reveal! The entire room will finally come together in one post.

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Hosts

As always, many thanks to Linda from Calling It Home for hosting this event on her blog. Please stop by to see all of the work-in-progress. At last count, there are 250+ bloggers sharing ideas for every room in the house. #orc #oneroomchallenge

Thanks also to the ORC media partner, House Beautiful and to all of the wonderful sponsors. We are thrilled to share this journey with you!

But –for now–thanks so much for visiting!

An oversized 1990s mirror with ornate wood carvings gets an updated look in three super-easy steps | #spon Fusion Mineral Paint | #ORC One Room Challenge | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com

 

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54 Comments

  • Reply Jane April 26, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    The transformation of this mirror is absolutely stunning. Really great work.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 26, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks Jane!

  • Reply Debbie Wallace April 26, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Love the mirror! What a difference! You are so talented!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      Hi Debbie and thanks! You are so sweet! Lovely to have you stop by! XO

  • Reply Kristen April 26, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Oh my gosh! That mirror is awesome! It’s looking good so far! Very ready for the reveal!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 26, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Kristen and thanks! I’m with ya. So ready for the reveal.

  • Reply Nancy April 26, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    It looks fabulous Susie! The mirror is to die for. I can’t wait for the reveal!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 26, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      Hi Nancy and thanks! I’m with you! Bring on the reveal.

  • Reply Sue Purdy April 26, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Susie!!! Can I just say how much I adore this mirror makeover!!! And your mantle is stunning. I love all the grey and white with pops of pink. I am SO looking forward to your reveal.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 12:06 am

      Hi Sue and thanks! I’m with you! Looking forward to the reveal.

  • Reply Leslie April 27, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Wow! That mirror is stunning before and after. Great job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 12:07 am

      Hi Leslie and thanks! Surely be glad when May 11 comes. LOL..

  • Reply Toni | Small Home Soul April 27, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Wow girl this is going to be fantastic! I love the little pops of pink I’m seeing, and that mirror is so glamorous now. I can’t wait to see it all come together!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Hi Toni and thanks! I’m looking so forward to the reveal. Six weeks is a long haul. LOL.. XOXO

  • Reply thecrownedgoat April 27, 2017 at 6:27 am

    That mirror transformation is stunning! I love all of the different layering techniques you used to give it a fresh feel. It’s gorgeous. Can’t wait to see how everything is going to come together. Hugs, CoCo

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Hi Coco and thanks! I have to admit that I do love my new mirror. Wonderful to have you stop by!! XOXO

  • Reply Roxanne April 27, 2017 at 8:45 am

    This mirror is so gorgeous!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Hi Roxanne and thanks! Wonderful to have you stop by!

  • Reply Carolann April 27, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Stunning Susie! I love that mirror. What a great find. Your entire living room looks fantastic!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      Hi CArolann and thanks! You are so sweet to me. Appreciate it so much.

  • Reply Emy April 27, 2017 at 10:22 am

    The mirror looks great! What a smart way to fill that tall wall!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Hi Emy and thanks! Yes, indeed. That mirror looked huge until it was hung on the wall. Then it shrunk! 🙂 LOL…

  • Reply The Red Painted Cottage April 27, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Susie, Your mirror is so gorgeous and fits in so well with your decor. Beautiful job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Hi Carol and thanks. You’ve just made my day. Bless. 🙂

  • Reply Marie|The Interior Frugalista April 27, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Oh my Susie, am I loving the little peek you just gave us of this room!!!! That mirror is fabulous for this space and definitely incorporates the BLT – love how you transformed it.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      Hi Marie and thanks! That mirror has been with us since about 1996 so it is like a member of the family. So happy to see it restored.

  • Reply Cassie Bustamante April 27, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    that mirror is epic and it looks amazing in its new finish!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Hi CAssie and thanks! He’s hanging up there on a special French clip we made since about 1996. When the guys came to paint, they took it down and I had to refinish the mirror so they could hang it back before they left. I think it was the fastest paint job in history. LOL..

  • Reply Jessica Vanderveen April 27, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    That is a beautiful mirror! The transformation is amazing!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Jessica and thanks! I agree about the transformation. When the guys hung it back in place, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The great power of paint! 🙂

  • Reply Deborah April 27, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Love your story, your info, and that mirror!!! You rock little lady!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      Hi DEb and thanks! You are so sweet! Luv ya!

  • Reply Michelle April 27, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Wow this really does take the mirror into a more modern world and it fits so nicely above the mantel! I am in love with it.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Hi Michelle and thanks! I agree. This old gal had a lot of good life left in her. So glad she fast-forwarded into the refresh.

  • Reply Lianna@theresnoplacelikehomemke April 27, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    the mirror turned out amazing!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      Thanks a million, Lianna. Appreciate so much!

  • Reply Kim April 27, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    That mirror is just stunning. The power of the right paint is amazing. I can’t wait to see the rest of the room, that pillow has enticed me.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Hi Kim and thanks! I’ll have to check which pillow made the photo. I tried to crop them out. LOL. But I sewed over 10 yards of fabric so there’s lots of fabric. LOL..

  • Reply Bre April 27, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    WOW! Susie this is really fantastic! I am the biggest fan of taking what you already have and making it work. This is a perfect example. Your makeover of the mirror is spot on. Well done!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 27, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Hi Bre and thanks! I love it so much. Was thrilled to bring it forward with the rest of the room.

  • Reply Jaclyn @ The Dotted Nest April 28, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    That frame/mirror is gorgeous!!! And yes, the flat-as-a-pancake issue…I am trying to figure out how to fix that with my mantle right now.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 28, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      Hi Jaclyn and thanks! I hear ya about the flat mantel. That’s a tough nut to crack. Good luck!! Can’t wait to see how you work it out.

  • Reply Debrashoppeno5 April 29, 2017 at 12:28 am

    The mirror looks amazing. It is always a treat to see how paint can change the look. Looking forward to the reveal.

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 29, 2017 at 11:13 am

      Hi Debra and thanks! You are so special to me. I appreciate your visit and encouraging words so much!

  • Reply Lisa Taylor April 30, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    This is so perfect. I love it.

    • Reply theChelseaProject May 1, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Hi Lisa and thanks! You’re so sweet! Wonderful to have you stop by!

  • Reply cristina April 30, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Paint makeovers are one of my favorites, they’re economic, kinda easy, and the change is amazing! Love it! I can’t wait for reveal time. 😉

    • Reply theChelseaProject May 1, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Hi Cristina! Thanks so much for stopping by! I’m so anxious for the reveal, too! It’s coming May 11. See you then!

  • Reply Sue May 4, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I don’t know if I think about texture or not, but now I sure will. This mirror is so lovely and full of architectural texture. How will I ever find one like it… at least I know what to look for though. Thanks for the inspiration Q.

    • Reply theChelseaProject May 4, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Thanks, Sue! I’ve kinda studied up on texture this year. It’s been a good learning curve for me and really helps make my rooms look more interesting.

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