Mirror Makeover in 3 Easy Steps | ORC Week 4
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
In Week 5, it’s all about the fabric. The sofa gets a refresh with easy-to-sew upholstery fabrics.
And in Week 6, the Reveal! The entire room will finally come together in one post.
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!