Most of the projects I do are for others.
And that's fine, because if I were to use all of my ideas and techniques in my own home,
it would look like a crazy-quilt!
Instead, I happily live vicariously at my clients' homes.
This weekend, however, I got the itch to do a small project for myself
- freshening up the laundry room.
While this certainly isn't the most exciting room in the house, it is one that gets a lot of use.
And because of that, this room deserved some attention.
Inspired by a magazine photo,
I decided add some distressed mirrors to each of the cabinet doors.
I measured the inner portion of the cabinet and had a local glass shop cut new mirrors for me.
With a little research, I located a patinating system at http://antiquemirrorps.com/.
Ideally this chemical process should be done out-doors on a warm sunny day,
not a cold, grey February one.
Never one to be deterred, I plodded ahead
determined to create some antique mirrors, today!
The stripping agent went on with a roller.
Heat lamps kept the surface warm.
Good ventilation is a must.
When the paint curdled, it was time to wipe off the back of mirror,
revealing a shinny silver backing waiting to be tarnished.
The tarnishing agent was applied with a spay bottle, then checked often to see the progress.
When the desired amount of distressing was reached,
the mirrors were rinsed with water to stop further chemical action.
A final step was to paint the back of the mirror with flat black paint.
I've experimented with using gold, grey, brown and green backing, too.
Each gives a unique look, but black suited my purpose the best.
After much wiping, watching, waiting, and wondering,
the mirrors were ready to be installed.
Just what the room needed, a little p'zazz!
Now if only the laundry could get done so easily!