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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Promise is a Promise

A promise is a promise, and quite frankly, I'm pretty excited to share the beautiful job my sweet Savannah did on this mirror, all while I was at the office!
First, she carefully taped newspaper over all of the exposed mirror, 
sliding it under the ornate carvings for full coverage.
 Then she hauled the beast outside onto a table we'd set up with sawhorses and leftover plywood...
...and started spraying it with several light coats of Rustoleum Satin Aqua.
 Doesn't this just pop?
Check out those gorgeous carved details. 
lI got home and did a little quality assurance touch up here and there...
...and then it was time to remove the newspaper and tape!
We used a little razor action on any paint that had made it past Savannah's barriers.
And we debated whether or not to white wash over the aqua for a more subtle effect.
But looking over those curvy details I just knew.
This mirror isn't a subtle piece, which is why I loved it in the first place. 
 
It's an attention grabber. It commands the room. And for what I have planned for that wall, she's going to be perfect.

And I just LOVE how unexpected she is.
Don't you?
 
Baby Wells approves.

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35 comments:

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Wow!!! It is absolutely amazing.What a transformation. I really love it. Great job, love the color and the detail of the carvings.

Becky aka. Bettie Rocker said...

I love that color blue!
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Life in Rehab said...

Well thank you, ladies! I'm just too pleased with how it all came out.

mle said...

That is absolutely fantastic!! Love that your daughter took the bull by the horns and got that done - you've taught her well!! : )

Mel said...

It really is quite beautiful. That was very sweet of Savannah to do all of that work for you, and I bet she is totally proud of it.

Life in Rehab said...

My little girl is something else alright. Thank you for the compliment, mlw.

And Mel...she's beaming, and wants in on the next project I have going too!

Aubrey said...

gorgeous!

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Oh yeah!! Perfect!!! It is beautiful! And we cat people know that if the cat approves...it's all good!

Lou Cinda :)

Debbie said...

WOWZA what great project here...you have a little creative soul on your hands! Love the color, and you are right, this piece is a show stopper:) Thanks for joining in on the party. I must be blind or still not get it...but where do you show or say you link up to parties? I do not see anything? LOL!!~

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

WOW!! I love that mirror and I adore the color that you chose for it!!
Perfect!!

Debbie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, it is beautiful, I really like it, I see why you liked up with Debbie Doos, you girls are not afraid of color!

Olive Cooper said...

Yayness! It is lovely. ~olive

Sandy said...

Nice that you were able to get the paper under the carvings.. the mirror is just amazing!
Love how you have it displayed with the 'green' lamps!
Nice job!
Sandy
thewondersofdoing@blogspot.com

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

Just visiting from debbiedoos party! Wow, what a beautiful mirror. She did a great job and I like where it is hanging! Your cat is funny too!

Life in Rehab said...

Thanks Bonnie, and pop by anytime!

Charlotte said...

Beautiful! I have started looking at 'ugly' things in a different way now.

Susan said...

Love the mirror!! Tourqouise is really in now. But it would not match in my house currently.

Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

Our projects are so very similar! Great minds think alike!

Yours turned out so well- I love it!

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Lori Nitty Gritty Pretty said...

I love the color! What a great piece. You guys did a faboosh job. Love your blog!

Becky@whatslifewithoutwhimsy said...

That is definitely a mirror that commands attention I LOVE it! the blue is perfect!

Ginger said...

What an improvement! That mirror went from tacky to terrific!

Julie said...

That is definitely a unique & gorgeous statement piece!

BLJ Graves Studio said...

Wow! That looks fabulous! I have a very similiar large gold mirror, and I have been trying to decide what color to paint it. Still undecided at this point, but I love your aqua color. :-)

Its A Blog Party said...

That looks too cute!
Thanks for linking up!
~Liz

Infarrantly Creative said...

That is beautiful. The lines, the curves, the color! I can't get over it. I want one!

Shaunna said...

Great job! I love that you were bold enough to hang her as is! I just painted a huge antique mirror like this for my bathroom...fun, right? Visting from CSI...love your new mirror! -shaunna :)

Kim said...

I love these redos when I see them, but I'd be scared to do it myself. It looks fabulous.

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

THAT is a tremendous mirror!

Kara's Korner said...

It's a great color accent...I love it!!

Great job!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

I love it!!!! Scrolly mirrors are my favorite especially in this color. Great job!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Oh I forgot to mention that I love your blog header photo. Classic! :)

Jennifer said...

Love the mirror. Makes me want to go spray paint everything I own. Good job on your project.
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gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

beautiful! It's hard to snap a photo of a mirror! :)
gail

Nancy said...

wow, that is so pretty, I love all the details and the color is perfect! Saw you over at CSI, good luck!