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How to revamp a wrought iron mirror

How to revamp an old wrought iron mirror

Original wrought iron mirror

For this beautiful old fifties mirror it was time for a makeover. The paintwork was peeling and since we actually wanted to use the mirror in the bathroom as a makeup mirror, the convex mirror wasn't suitable at all.

What you will need

1. Old convex mirror in beautiful frame
2. New flat mirror without frame
3. Old Gold leaf paint
4. Metallic copper paint
5. Mint Green paint
6. Sponge
7. 1inch thick Paintbrush for frame and trim
8. Paint stripper
9. Cloth
10. Small wire brush
11. 1x Medium paintbrush for clay rose
12. 1x fine paintbrush for clay rose
13. Glue for attaching clay rose to metal trim

A few pics followed by the 'how-to' write-up

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Step 1. Disassemble the mirror
First of all we removed the mirror from its frame. This was easily done as it was held in the frame in a method similar to how a picture frame works. We then removed the metal trim that was used to frame the mirror from the wrought iron.

Step 2. Prepare the frame for new paint
We cleaned off the white paint from the decorative wrought iron with a wire brush first, and then used paint stripper for any remaining paint. To do this, apply the paint stripper with a paintbrush and wipe off with a cloth after the paint has bubbled. (Be sure to follow manufacturer's instructions - being especially careful to follow health and safety advice).

Step 3. Repaint the frame
Once the wrought iron had been cleaned off we repainted it. To help give us the look we wanted, namely an antique, aged look, we used three different paints: a metal Old Gold leaf paint, a dazzling metallic cooper paint (both these paints came from a craft store) and a Mint Green water-based paint that we bought from a paint store.

For the first coat we used the Old Gold leaf paint (following the manufacturer's instructions for drying) then we randomly brushed on the copper color until we got the look we wanted - namely an aged metallic metal. When this was dry, we poured on a little of the green paint and using a damp sponge, patted it all along the front edges of the frame to create the look of aged copper and brass. We think this method was a huge success!

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Step 4. Repaint the trim
We then gave this same paint effect to the metal trim that we took off earlier.

Step 5. Reassemble the mirror
We purchased another mirror with the same dimensions as the original; this one being flat and suitable for everyday use. Once the frame and trim were completed, we put in the new mirror and replaced the trim.

At this point, that's all you really have to do but we had bigger plans for this mirror...

Step 6. Make clay roses
Our mirror had iron leaves on the trim, so we decided to make some fake roses and attach them to the leaves. (Learn how to make the roses by reading the tutorial below.)
How to make a clay rose - click here

Step 7. Paint and attach the clay roses
To paint the roses, we again used the Old Gold and copper paints and a fine paintbrush to get into the very center of the rose. We used the same principles as for the mirror, finishing with a dab of green on the edges.

Once the paint had dried, we glued the roses around the mirror. As our mirror already had leaves on the trim, we positioned our roses there, but alternatively we could have made more and placed them right around the actual mirror.

We think our mirror is now more gorgeous than ever!