Thursday, June 5, 2014

Transform a Frame from New to Antique

Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
When my darling bride-to-be friend asked if I could help her antique her large, new silver mirror for her wedding, I was thrilled to take on the challenge! She needed the mirror frame to look gold and aged -- its purpose to provide the reception's seating chart via beautiful calligraphy and compliment the gold, neutral, and blush pink tones of her wedding. In under two hours, we transformed her mirror from new to antique. So let's begin!

New to Old; Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
My friend brought over this large, silver mirror to my home. Completely new, out of the box.

New Frame to Old; Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
I love the simplicity of the mirror, with beveled glass, straight lines, and pretty scroll detail.

Preparation with tape; Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
Our first step was to tape the edges with blue painter's tape...

Preparing the frame with tape; Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
...and enjoy the reflection of the trees.

Preparing the frame with newspaper; Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
Next, we covered the mirror with two layers of newspaper and taped it down.

Paint the frame with dark color; Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
Now for the paint! In order to bring texture and life to the piece, we sprayed a light mist of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint over the entire frame. This dark layer underneath would give the gold a richer color than if we had simply painted gold over the silver frame.

Paint the frame with gold; Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
After the oil-rubbed bronze had dried, we spray-painted gold over the entire piece. We kept spraying until the ultimate gold color had been reached.

Paint the frame detail with dark color; Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
In detail, here is the layer of oil-rubbed bronze paint over the new silver frame (above)...

Paint the frame detail with gold; Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
...and here is the layer of gold over the oil-rubbed bronze (above).

Scratch the wood to create texture; Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
To add surface texture, we scratched the frame with sandpaper. This allowed the some of the edges to appear worn with age as the oil-rubbed bronze came through the gold.

Paint in lowlights; Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
To enrich the gold color and provide lowlights, I scrubbed a rich dark brown acrylic paint into the crevices of the frame with a paper towel. This gave the frame a nice depth.

Paint in highlights; Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
For highlights, I painted a light gold arcylic paint in random streaks across the flat surface. The result was a lime-wash appearance you would get in old, calcified wood.

Gold Mirror for a Wedding Reception; Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
And voila! A frame from new to antique! Paired with some of my household items in neutral and blush pink tones, this set-up gave us a idea of what her mirror would look like at the wedding.

We left the mirrored surface untouched as a pristine mirror would provide for easier reading of the seating chart.

Mirror detail for a Wedding Reception; Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest

Mirror and Frame for a Wedding Reception; Transform a Frame from New to Antique; Nora's Nest
Can't wait for my friend's wedding and to see our mirror masterpiece in action :)

Thanks for visiting Nora's Nest, and come again soon!


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