Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Everything Gold is New Again

Believe it or not, I'm putting the finishing touches on our main bath face lift.  This project has dragged on for WAY too long.  We have replaced all the gold faucets and fixtures.  These main components have been done for a few weeks, but lately I've been working on the tchotchkes fun part!

I had this old gold frame that was kinda dated but had pretty carvings and details.

I decided to go all Miss Mustard Seed  and do some dry brushing over it.  I even busted out some buffing wax that I've probably had for 7 or 8 years.

Alas, I have none of the coveted but expensive chalk paint MMS uses, so I had to use leftover primer to cover the gold.  Then I bought two shades of grey craft paint: Folk Art Steel Gray (right) and Anita's 11043 Grey (left).  Total cost = $2.50.

I dry brushed the lighter grey on first, then followed up with a mixture of the two greys together.  I just hit the highlights on the carvings.  (Is it bothering you that I spell grey with an "e"?   Because it's bothering spell-check.)

After about 10 minutes, I rubbed on some neutral wax with a lint-free cloth to bring out a nice patina.

Still Glaze-y After All of These Years

After it dried, I buffed it to a subtle sheen.  I decided not to distress the finish because I like it as is.  Here's the finished product with an art print that I have had forever and still love.  I am a bunny fan.  See them?

I figure I did a decent job because my husband commented on how great it looked.  When does that ever happen?!

It's ready to hang in my "new" bathroom!  Photos coming soon!  Really!

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bythebrookdesigns said...


Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Love the frame. Can't wait to see the pictures of the finished room.

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Ooooh the frame looks totally different it. I love it! You did a great job re-making it.

Brandy J. said...

I just found your blog and am your newest follower. I LOVE what you've done with this frame. It looks fabulous!

KB and Whitesnake said...

Looking good.

WhyCuzICan said...

Very nice and the pix in the frame really appreciates having a nice frame at last (I can tell)

Smiles from Illinois
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Tammy said...

That looks gorgeous! Love it. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Wow! I love how this frame turned out. Doesn't it look so expensive and french now? Great transformation. You didn't need any chalk paint. Thanks so much for linking up at Mod Mix Monday!