Tuesday, July 27, 2010

White Wednesday Mirror, and Thanks Too!

 
 I'm joining Kathleen over at Faded Charm for my first White Wednesday post. I've loved visiting there each week, and today I wanted to jump in myself. 
 I had a dark mirror hanging here, but it didn't fit with my summer decor, so when I saw this mirror at a friend's yard sale, I thought it might work.
It was originally gold and I believe it was also hung the other way, but my friend had made some changes, so I just had to bring it home and hang it. No work involved!
 
It's a solid white, and I'm wondering if I should give it more of a vintage look, but I'm not experienced at that, so to all of you painting experts out there, I'd appreciate any advice you might offer. 
 
I'd also like to thank Michelle at Faith, Trust, & a Little Pixie Dust for the beautiful sweater flowers she sent me. I won them in a recent contest she had. It's a bit too hot for sweaters right now, but I wanted to display them, so I've hung them from my vintage spool holder. It really adds some color to this sweet old piece. I love them Michelle, thanks so much :-)
 
I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!
Blessings,
Marcia

30 comments:

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Hi, just found your blog from Faded Charm...love your mirror which I myself am trying to find, passed one up at Goodwill now I could kick myself:)

You have a wonderful family hope you stop by sometime!

Rondell

Jeni said...

I love your white and bluish green colors Marcia...they are so soothing! that mirror is cool! you can just take fine sandpaper and run it over the raised spots here and there throughout the frame until it's like you want it if you want to add an aged look! just a thought and easy!

Julie Harward said...

That mirror looks really nice, I like it a lot! :D

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh, this mirror is just wonderful!
I wish I had it! ha ha
Thank you for sharing!
Leticia

Christine said...

I can (almost)! imagine I'm by the ocean in a sweet beach house, when I see your first photo! It's put together so well, Marcia.
So sorry I somehow missed your last post but send belated birthday wishes to Randy. Those are great photos and bring alive your special family bonds - I love that about your posts!
God bless
Christine

Melanie said...

Very nice pictures!
I really like your mirror. It goes so well with everything. The colors are beautiful!
Congratulations on winning the contest. The sweater flowers are lovely. :)

sissie said...

Hi Marcia,
You can never have too many white mirrors! I think there is nothing prettier than a large one or a group of them hanging on the wall.
Rebecca at a Gathering Place did a post on her wall of mirrors. Check it out.

Love the bigs sweater rosettes.

hugs
Sissie

Tete said...

What a wonderful way to start! Love the mirror and all the cool, crisp beachy colors! Hope you have fun at WW! Hugs- Tete

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Marcia and welcome to White Wednesday! Love, love, love that mirror and the beautiful vignette beneath it! Please come back next week ~ can't wait to see what you will show next!!

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

That is a beautiful mirror and I think I would leave it just as it is. Very elegant shape. Thanks for sharing. The vignette you have on the table is lovely too!!!

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Hi Marcia,
What a lucky find! It looks beautiful above your mantel! I LOVE your mantel display, btw... very pretty! I especially love that mason jar filled with seashells... nice details.

You could try distressing the mirror by using a light weight sandpaper and gently rubbing in areas where you would like to remove some paint, usually where you would find normal wear and tear of an item (corners and where it would be handled when picking it up). I hope that helps a little. :)

Happy WW!
Hugs ~ jo

Completely Coastal + Daily Vitamin Sea said...

This is a gorgeous beachy white vignette. And you've already got the "distressing" advise..., that's what I would do if I wanted the shabby look. The mirror is very nice in solid white though too!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Beautiful...I am not doing white in my house...but next week I plan to post my Bahama Breeze mirror...there is part of it on my post now...anyway I took a black and gold mirror and spray painted then sanded, and glazed...I like it! My more formal days seem to be leaving my decor
I love this...congrads on your gift

Heidi said...

I love your new mirror for summer Marcia. I age things like this easily by rubbing antique wax over the paint. It works really well on things like this with raised areas taking the wax slightly and the other areas still remaining white. It is fun to do too.

I was to wish Randy a belated happy birthday and a very happy anniversary to your parents! What a wonderful example they are to us all after so many years together!

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Hi Marcia,
Thanks so much for mentioning me in this post. I love the way you displayed the flowers & also your mirror grouping!

Warmly, Michelle

Kristi said...

Your arrangement is so beautiful and I love the white mirror...it fits perfectly. You have such a lovely blog. ♥

Wanda said...

What a great find, and what you did with it is amazing. Your personal touches and colors are just perfect. I love your antique spools and the sweater flowers. What a sweet touch.

Kelli said...

What a lucky find! The mirror looks fantastic. And lucky you with the sweater flowers! How cute! :)

awal.ny said...

Happy white wednesday. I love the mirror the way it is. I love your colors of the white and the blue.

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Marcia, love the colors surrounding your mantel. So summery and beautitul -- especially that aqua color. Gorgeous! Such pretty broaches too. Hope you are having a great week. Best wishes, Tammy

My name is PJ. said...

I'm adoring your bluish-greenish urny vase!

BailiwickStudio said...

Welcome to White Wednesday! Now you'll be hunting for white things to photograph every week!

Love the mirror - I need a new mirror for my mantle, too. It's #1 on my list of things to look for when at flea markets.

xoJill

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

I just got a staining/antiquing medium from DecoArt. I haven't tried it yet, but it might be what you are looking for. You mix it with an acrylic paint (I got traditional raw umber but you can use any color), apply it, and then wipe it back. It would catch in all the detailed areas of the mirror. Teamed up with the sanding that other people mentioned, it would really give some age.

Creative Ambitions said...

The mirror looks great and I love your display! Sanding and stain would both give it a vintage look. I think either way (leave it or age it)... it looks great! It's beautiful!

Angela said...

I just love what you did~! Just a few weeks back I painted a few items in my hallway..got me a 'white' area in my house, for the first time ever,,lol. I'm REALLY loving it. I ended up getting me a few white mirrors, painted a shelf white, and the hand rails to my stairs white. It looks so crisp and clean. I can't believe how much I'm loving white these days.
Blessings.

Olivia~ said...

Oh I really love it, I have one that is similar to the one you pictured next to my entry way. On the chandelier I used an antique white paint out of a spray gun. I think spray paint would have the same effect.
Hugs,
Olivia

Bethany said...

Hi! Thanks for leaving a sweet comment on my blog today. I got the embroidery pattern idea from www.sublimestitching.com Have fun embroidering!
Bethany ♥

Seaside Rose Creations said...

Hi Marcia: Thanks for visiting my blog. Your family is beautiful! I love your whites too!

Don't know what others have said by you can always just take either sand paper, a nail file or even a butter knife and peel away the paint as you see fit on that pretty mirror to shabby it up!

I am you newest follwer. I see we have a love of similar things...white, shells, TIFFANYS ;)

xo
Roselle

Manuela@TPOH said...

Oh I like it plain white like you have it. It looks fresh and summer. Those sweater flowers are so pretty! I'll have to try making a few.

Manuela

Gloria said...

I love all of your pretty "whites", mixed with that touch of aqua glass...it sure is heavenly!
Your mirror is pretty the way it is, but if you want to make it look a little older...all you would have to do is dab a very tiny amount of acrylic paint (the little bottles of craft paint at Michaels or Walmart will work),in the color of your choice, onto a dry stiff paint brush and dry brush here and there on it.
I usually just take a paper plate, spread a tiny amount of paint on it...like a dime size, dab the brush lightly into it. Even dab the brush back onto the paper plate so there is really barely any paint on the brush. Then just go along the edges of the mirror, a couple of spots here and there. Play with the colors and look you want to add to rough it up. IF you don't like it, you can always paint it white again! :) It's fun to experiment!!
Enjoy! :)
@}~`}~~~ Gloria