Monday, December 12, 2011

Tarnished Silver and White

Just in case you haven't noticed, I love the look of tarnished silver.  You've seen it in many of my posts.  Way back in May I showed you a gold mirror frame I was contemplating changing to silver.  Well, I did it.  It took a while for me to decide.  I thought the look of tarnished silver would look nice with the worn mirror. The brass frame was painted gold by someone long ago, it wasn't gilded.  I don't paint over vintage gold gilding.  I just don't.   I removed a little more of the silvering, and added black paint behind the mirror before I put it back in the frame. 



To refresh, this is what the mirror looked like when I got it.




I used liquid leaf to paint it.  It goes on easily, and you don't have to use very much.


After leafing, I did a dry brush of black paint, and wiped it back with a dry cloth.













Here it is on the table next to my door, along with another of my nativity sets.  I'm continuing with my silver and white Christmas.








On to the next project.


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39 comments:

  1. Your mirror is stunning, Rosemary! I love the silver so much better. What a wonderful backdrop to your nativity. Have a great week:)

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  2. I love the mirror. Great job making it so beautiful!

    Pam

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  3. It looks, like, 5000% better! Gorg-eee-ous!

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  4. STUNNING in silver...much improved!

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  5. Your mirror is so pretty Rosemary, I really like using that liquid silver leaf too.Love that beautiful vignette.

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  6. Very pretty Rosemary! Goes nicely with your other mirror and the white nativity.

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  7. Oh...a was shocked to hear that you like tarnished silver!;)

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  8. beautiful mirror and I love where you have it in your home too..how you have layered the mirrors...
    I like how the mirror pat has an antique look too...
    best,
    maureen

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  9. I've never seen a mirror frame like this. So beautiful.

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  10. Gorgeous. My first time here. Just found you over at Maureen's blog. Glad, I did. I've got to check out some of your tutorials. I'm signing up to follow. Mona

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  11. Wow! What a great transformation! I love it in silver!! You always do a great job!

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  12. Rosemary, the mirror is fabulous! Goodness, you have inspired me.

    So pretty!

    Barb

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  13. It's so pretty! You would never know it didn't already come that way. It fits in nicely with your nativity too.

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  14. I love the look of tarnished silver too Rosemary, and you transformed that mirror beautifully!!

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  15. It was beautiful before, but I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE the antiqued silver. Great re-do! Hope you are doing well. :-)

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  16. This is gorgeous. I'm so glad you painted it silver. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Followin you now.

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  17. Hi Rosemary, You are my makeover hero. Your mirror is sooo charming, and I admire your courage to change it to silver and it looks REALLY great and I'll have to try that liquid leafing sometime!
    I would have had such a hard time with deciding whether to change it or not, cuz I love both antique gold and silver too...

    P.S. Thank you for visiting, I was hoping we could be friends!

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  18. Oh wow it looks so much better in silver. What a fabulous transformation.

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  19. Rosemary,

    It turned out so nice and it looks lovely with the other silver, white decor and the nativity set. Much prettier than the gold!

    Kris

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  20. Your work is so beautiful Rosemary! Could I take lessons? I love what you do. . . . the BEFORE and AFTER pictures amazing. Love the silver mirror. Wish you lived next door! Did I ever tell you that you remind me of someone I have gotten to know quite well????

    Do hope to meet you someday soon at the flea market.

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  21. oh my it turned out just stunningly beautiful! wow..love! happy WW! ;)

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  22. Simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing your tips.

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  23. Thats beautiful--I have some of the liquid silver--now I know what to do with it!

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  24. Your mirror turned out gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy WW.
    XO Marie

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  25. Love that liquid silver and makes your mirror beautiful any of us would want it

    Merry Christmas

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  26. Happy WW!
    This mirror is just beautiful!

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  27. I already said that I love the silver and white, but I really love the details of the mirror and your nativity scene...very nice!
    Debbie

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  28. I love this photo ~ your Nativity with the silver mirror frame is striking! Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas to you!

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  29. I LOVE that mirror Rosemary! And I have to say it is a major improvement in silver. Ummmm could you send it my way when you're done with it?......Cherubs....nuff said *winks* Vanna

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  30. So pretty in silver! Love how the mirror is starting to de-silver just a little :)

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  31. It's so amazing how much better it looks in silver. And I just love how you layered the mirrors like that. So gorgeous. ~Lili

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  32. Love the end result of your liquid silver leaf project, Rosemary! I've never heard of it before. Your nativity vignette looks so serenely beautiful. :-) Sue

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  33. Once again, I learned something new from you, my friend! Thanks for the inspiration and beautiful photos! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  34. Mmm. mmm. mmm That little vanity is gorgeous! Something I definitely would pick up unfinished and probably ooogle over in a store. I paint also but I've never worked with any leafing products. I'm loving your blog.

    Blessings,
    Shanna

    www.revampedfrenchmaison.com

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  35. I absolutely love how the mirror turned out! I wished I could find stuff like that where I live! I go to thrift stores, antique malls, estate sales, yard sales, but never anything this nice!

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  36. I love your silver and white Christmas theme! The mirror looks absolutely gorgeous! The silver leaf brings out so many of the details. Truly inspirational! :)

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  37. Fabulous, Rosemary, you're such an artist! Love this piece either way. thanks for joining in for the party! xoxo

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  38. What an incredible transformation! It looks beautiful!
    Jennelise

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