As you probably know by now I’m a lover of a bargain! And where better to pick one up than at a car boot sale? BTW, never come to boot sale with me. I treat the whole thing as a military exercise. My husband hates going with me because I tend to go at speed, like duurrrhh! What if you miss a bargain. Sometimes you find something and just have to have it even though you’ve no idea what you’re going to do with it. Nor where it will going to go either. And that was exactly the case with this mirror. It was in my dining room for a while but as that had a revamp a little while ago it’s sat forlorn and unloved in the outhouse. A light bulb moment a couple of days ago had me running in there to dig it out so here’s how to transform a mirror with gilding paste for anyone who fancies a go at it themselves.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO TRANSFORM A MIRROR WITH GILDING PASTE
Soft Microfibre Cloth
Patience and a Steady Hand
SIMPLE STEPS TO FOLLOW TO TRANSFORM A MIRROR WITH GILDING PASTE
Start by painting the entire frame with the black paint. I find it take 2 coats. The beauty of this paint is that it’s quite thick and helps to disguise any imperfections in the frame.
Give your paintbrush a wash and then dry it off before planning which bits of your frame you would like to gild. Then using your clean brush start to apply it to the areas that you want gold. This is where the steady hand and patience come in but don’t worry if you make any mistakes, just keep going.
Once you’ve applied the gilding paste where you want it let it dry for half an hour and the give it a good buff with a soft microfibre cloth. Wash your brush again and then touch in any areas that require it with the black paint.
Et voila! It really is that simple to do but as I say does require patience with the fiddly areas. All in all this mirror took me around 3 hours which I don’t think is too bad considering the amount of detail there is. What do you think? Fancy having a go at it yourself? Or do you prefer real gilding? For me if it’s gold I love it! Now all I have to do is decide where to hang it. Oh the indecision! I’m off to procrastinate, thank you for reading.