I found this great mirror at Goodwill for $1.00 last week. I think it is the perfect size and shape for my dining room. It had a poorly done coat of metallic silver spray paint that was very bumpy.
I gave it a light sanding just to remove the bumps.
Part of the reason that I was able to get the mirror for a $1.00 when it was originally marked for $4.00, was that it had a crack in one of the sections. I just added some wood filler that I had on hand and sanded it down. It looks good as new.
I've been wanting to try using silver leaf for some time. I once bought a side table at Ikea (before my thrifting days) with the intention of silver leafing it. After buying the supplies and the table, it would have been like a $250.00 project. I returned the supplies, disassembled the table, and returned it. Especially not knowing how to do it, I didn't want to take the risk. I figured this mirror was small enough.
So I applied the silver leaf adhesive and as per the instructions let it sit for 45 minutes or until tacky. I then applied the sheets of silver and used a small brush to rub it in.
Edit to post: I've gotten some really great ideas today. Feel free to give me any ideas. I love reading your comments.
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