A mirror called Penny, Part 2: A few little details and priming

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Well hopefully by now you’ve stripped and sanded your mirror. If not, where have you been? Catch up by checking out part 1 by clicking HERE. However, if you’re all set and ready to go, well done. You’ll be pleased to know the real elbow grease is over (I think I pulled something doing all that sanding)! This week we’ll be looking at removing paint from the non wooden parts of my mirror and prepping the mirror for paint, no matter what effect you’re going to do on it. Let’s go…

1. The finer points – On my mirror there are leave shaped metal details that have been painted blue and gold like the rest of the mirror. To remove it apply the same paint/varnish remover you used on the wood. Follow the advised instruction but I would recommend letting it sit on there for a minute or two longer.

2. Give it a scrub – Using a toothbrush scrub the remover into all the nooks and crannies. I found i had to do this twice as the paint was really stuck in there. I also used a toothpick at one point to get into the really fiddly areas.

3. Wash it down – Using a wet cloth was off all the excess remover. It can be pretty strong stuff so I try not to get any on your fingers and use a cloth you don’t mind tossing.

4. Tape it up – Before you paint it is vital that you tape over the mirrored area. The last thing you want to do it bust a gut sanding and painting only to find your mirror wrecked. I also taped over the small details as i’m going to deal with them at the end.


5. Dusting – You don’t want to be painting over the dust from your sanding effort so use a wet cloth to wipe the wood to remove any excess grim and dust.


6. Priming – No matter what effect you’re going to put on the mirror, or if you’re just painting straight, it’s advisable to put a base coat on. It was such a small area that I got myself a little tester tub for only a £1 – bargain! It doesn’t need to be an especially thick coat, in fact it’s better if it’s light and obviously always use a colour that is lighter than your top coat – I used antique white!

Well that’s enough for this week. Plenty to be getting on with. Next week I’ll be talking you through so effects that work well on a mirror frame, so get yourself primed and ready to go! Until then…