(Yellow) mirror mirror hanging on the (striped) wall

1/13/2011 03:57:00 AM

I know a lot of people will be screaming at me for painting over a great narra wood piece. Heck I even got a judgmental advice (I can hear in his tone!) while buying paint. If you're not familiar with narra, it's a famous wood here in the Philippines (or world?) that is known for its durability and longevity, and it can be quite expensive.

I totally understand their concerns, and they should worry, I'm not a professional painter! But we're not planning on selling them so I don't care that much about lowering its value (I'm bad). I just want something pretty! So I'll be painting all of them! *imagine me evil laughing*

First off, this gorgeous ornate mirror we had since that time when mobile phones are unheard of.
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Oh how I love thee. It's pretty as it is, but dark wood is not part of the plan

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I sanded (a LITTLE), and did about 4 coats of primer. Though it's just a normal lacquer primer, not your very famous Kilz that I would love to try! Which means that the original varnish seeps through the gazillion coats of paint I did and gave it a good pinkish orangy glow.

The Yellowfied Mirror.
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 The seepage doesn't bother me that much since it adds a little bit of depth to the yellow paint. I'm sure it will be a different story with white!

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I also added a make-do glaze. I just used a burnt sienna tint color, and work my way one portion at a time. I love how it accentuates all the crevices, and this mirror got plenty!

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Here she is against our newly painted striped wall. I was right, this two looks good together.
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Sorry for the unsightly dirty mirror! You can see via the wipe mark that I attempted to clean this one out, obviously, I was unsuccessful.

People, don't be fooled! You're just seeing one wall, here is the reality.
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What do you guys think about our "new" yellow mirror? I'm sure if people get their hands on this, they'll strip it down and complain about the hack paint job (varnish seepage, faux glaze , brush strokes galore) the crazy previous owner did.

But lucky you, or me, this will be forever ours!

Next in line, the matching foyer table.
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30 comments

  1. I love the new yellow mirror, you did an amazing job with it. Don't worry about ruining its value. You have to do what makes you happy!

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  2. Beautiful! Yellow is such a fun, happy color.

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  3. Thanks Van and Nikki! Yes, this mirror definitely makes me happy.. :)

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  4. I love that yellow! i am so in the mood for those bright colors!

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  5. I absolutely love it!! It is perfect against that wall (it also doesn't help that I love anything yellow). But really, it looks awesome.

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  6. Thanks! I'm really loving yellow these day.. case in point: upstairs bath!

    :D

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  7. Thanks! I didn't actually notice it that much before since we're so used to it. But now, I love it. I really really do!

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  8. Looks like mine!!! YAY for yellow ornate mirrors!
    http://ordyandjoon.blogspot.com/2010/11/meet-stella.html

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  9. Love those stripes, Elle. Your renovations makes me more excited to moved out and start decorating our new home. And you painted the mirror! I hope to find mirror with similar design from local wood furniture makers here.

    By the way, i love the new layout. I am adding you on my blog roll. Keep us posted on your great inspiring renovations.

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  10. Joon, wow your mirror looks fabulous! I would love a full=length one!

    Tara, I'm jealous of you! I would love to have my very own house to decorate.. :) I also wish I can find more affordable mirrors like these here, it's quite difficult! God luck on your new house. :)

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  11. Love the stripes, love love the mirror:)

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  12. Beautiful mirror before and after (but prettier after). Very fab. And people told me the same thing when I spray painted an antique jewelry cabinet and ripped out the vintage velvet inside. Pffft what do they know! It was so ugly before that I couldn't stand it. The after is in this post: http://teenytinydesign.blogspot.com/2011/01/few-of-my-favorite-things.html.

    -Cassie
    teenytinydesign.blogspot.com

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  13. Love it! It looks gorgeous in yellow!

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  14. Wow! This is such a beauty! Great job :)

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  15. Thanks everyone!

    Cassie, your jewelry cabinet looks great!

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  16. I love the yellow mirror. The mirror has such good lines - good find.

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  17. I LOVE this mirror! It would be so pretty on my blue garden shed. ;) I found a plastic, gold oval one at a garage last summer & spray painted it dark pink for my daughter's room. If I ever find another one, I'm making it yellow & guess where it's going?

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  18. Love it! I have been craving new color, getting tired of all the white, grey and neutrals. We need some pop!

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  19. What a great color, and the mirrow is awesome!

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  20. Nice! Wood is way overrated ;-) I love what you did with that traditional mirror!

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  21. I can't believe you painted on the narra wood, but I'm glad you did! Mas maganda na siya, Inday :)

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  22. Hi there~ Wow that is such a change! Looks amazing- thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  23. I love it! Yellow is one of my favorite colors, it's such a happy color. This mirror is awesome!

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  24. Oh I LOVE this!!! I even love the wall color with it!!! Very AWESOME!!!

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  25. Thanks everyone! I love how cheery this color is! :)

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  26. This is an awesome post, I would really love it if you linked this up to Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage as well! Have a nice Week! Mary :O)

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  27. I love, love, love your mirror and little table. They look so amazing in yellow. I want to be mad that you painted that wood, but it just looks so good!

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  28. We have a very,very similar mirror in our house!!! Though the mirror has to be replaced because one can barely see his/her reflection in it. I hope I can be able to do what you did. Great job! :)

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  29. @Michi easy to replace the mirror.. just bring the old mirror to any glass/mirror shop so they can trace and cut the exact same size. :) good luck!

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Thanks for dropping by. I'd love to hear what you think! :)

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