This guy right here...
For some reason it really bugged me that the mirror had a gold/bronze look to it (even though it doesn't show up so much in the photo), when the lamps and hardware looked like brushed nickel.
For some reason I thought it would look better if the mirror looked like the brushed nickel of the hardware.
Okay... Maybe a little part of me also just wanted to try out this spray paint that is supposed to look like hammered metal, too.
I took my mirror outside, taped on some newspaper to protect the mirror part, and sprayed the frame.
I liked how it looked outside. I just had so see if I still liked it when I hung it up.
So I took it upstairs and hung it up as soon as it dried...
Uhhh.... No. I didn't like it. Too bright and too shiny.... Maybe if I lived with it for a day or so I would change my mind...
Yeah, that didn't happen. Two days later I still didn't like it.
Time to try something else... Maybe if I attempt an antique type finish to tone it down.
I decided to try an experiment on the off chance it might turn into a "happy accident." I got the antiquing glaze that I used when I refinished my night stands, and attempted antiquing the mirror frame. I painted some on and used a dry cloth to wipe it off in hopes that it would stick in the "hammered metal" spots on the paint to tone the shine down.
Yep... That was a failure too. The paint was still too slick for the antiquing glaze to stick. It was worth a shot though.
Finally, I knew what I had to do. I had to go back to brown. Not the dark gold/bronze that it had been... just brown. I went and bought some glossy brown spray paint to match my dresser, sprayed the mirror frame, crossed my fingers, and let it dry.
It came out like this...
Ahhhh.... Finally, I think I got it right.
Moral of this story: You're not going to get it right the first time, every time. Take a chance and try a new solution (even if you're not sure if it will work), and keep trying until you find something you like. :)
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