Then I saw the antique mirror tutorials from here and here and gave that a try on this project. For these mirrors, I actually tried EZ-Off and it didn't really take off the silvering until I used some fine grade sandpaper. One of my readers, Aimee of Twigg Studios, suggested I try lime scale remover and acetone nail polish remover...isn't it wonderful how helpful you all are? ;) And go check out her blog - beautiful!
Here's how they looked at first:
Then they got a coating of homemade chalk paint in a creamy color
Then they were glazed to bring out the detail
|See how a little glazing with a brownish tint really brings out the detail?|
|Trying EZ-Off and wiping it off on the right...it doesn't work so well|
|While wet, a little 400 grit sandpaper helped the whole thing along...|
|...still not quite what I wanted, but with the addition of nail polish remover (acetone) and a lot of scrubbing with fine steel wool, I was able to get the look I wanted.|
Then I tried some fabric
|Sorry about the reflection of my lovely garage, but mirrors are tough to photograph!|
Pretty, right? It would be even prettier if it didn't reflect my grass and garage, but you get the idea ;)
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