A mirror called Penny: Part 3

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Well I won’t lie Penny’s been a complete nightmare this week. I was suppose to be finishing her off but after a series of disasters involving lime washing and a distressed look (not so much these effects, more just how they looked on her) I finally settled on making Penny a lil bit flashy and painting her gold. Bling, bling. Let me show you how I got on.


1. Lie your taped up mirror flat on plenty of newspaper. This is essential, especially if your going to be using a spray can as the last thing you want it a streaky gold floor. Unless of course, that’s what you’re in to.

2. At first I used spray paint which is suitable for just about any surface, wood included. A word of warning though, if you are going to use a spray if at all possible use it outside. I started doing it inside and had to move outside due to the fumes. It was awful. I’m sure it’ll give you this warning on the back of the can. I suggest listening to it. Another top tip (again it probably says this on the can) don’t be tempted to hold the can really close to the surface. Spray from about an arm lengths away to get even coverage.


3. If you want a really solid gold look, just spray and leave the paint to dry. However if you want a slight distressed look, spray and use a paint brush to spread the paint out, leaving a faint look of the white undercoat.

4. The spray that I used was also suitable for metal but for smaller details you may want to invest in a metallic paint. B&Q stock a really great antique gold paint by Ardenbrite which is, again, suitable for most surfaces. If you’re on a budget you could always just spray the spray paint into a plastic tub and apply with a paint brush. You’ll need to be quick though as spray paint tends to dry quite quickly. For the small leaf details I just dabbed on the gold paint, leaving a little black showing to go with the slightly distressed look.


5. Before spraying you should make sure your tape is as tight to your mirror frame as possible. However, if you are concerned about the paint leaking onto the mirror it’s best to deal with this right away before the paint dries. Using a tooth and white spirit, brush at the excess paint until it come off. This may take a little while, but as long as you haven’t left it too long the paint should come right off the mirror.


6. If you are using metallic paint you should only need one coat, especially if you are going for the distressed look. However, you should probably leave it overnight (or atlas for a few hours) to let it dry. Check it is right dry by dabbing it with a cloth.



Well that’s it for this week. It may not seem like a lot but trust me when I say it took a lot a trial and error to get to this point! Penny’s now looking in pretty good shape and all set for a few minor finishes. So get ready for that next week when I’ll also be discussing a few other effects that you could do on your mirror project. Until then…