Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pinteresting Monday - The Belle of the Ball

Sorry, I'm a little late with this post, but it was almost still Monday!   I found this poor beat up girl falling apart at the seams.

If it hadn't been for these wicked and ancient looking teeny spikes, her mirror would have fallen out long ago. Yikes! They were like a girdle, holding her in, but painful looking!

My Pinterest inspiration for this project came from two pins.  I've been wanting to do a Anthropologie type mirror like this ever since I saw it.  This is Flamigo Toes knock-off.  So I guess mine would be a knock-off of a knock-off.  A knock-knock off?

I also love this shabbilicious pin board by Kerryanne of Shabby Art Boutique.  

The first order of business was to clean her up, then glue and clamp every seam.  Amazing what a little wood glue will do! Firm up that foundation girlfriend, and the rest is cosmetics.

Next up? I gave this girl a white wash of gesso, wiping some of it back off before it dried. There were hints of gold that I wanted to expose.  Remnants of her former glory.  She's already starting to feel like the Belle of the Ball.

Now to address her bottom half.  The mirror was already delightfully aged!  Someone had taped the poor lady in place with duct tape and packing tape.  When I removed it, some of the silvering came off with it.  Perfect!  I took pieces of duck tape to several places around the rest of the edges to pull some more off.

After rummaging through my stash of fabric scraps, I found a bit of this.  

Just the thing!  I wanted to place the flowers in the largest spots, so they would show through the front of the mirror.  I cut sections of fabric out and strategically placed them around the edges.  We wouldn't want anyone peeking under this old girls bloomers!

Edit:  I forgot to mention that I used fabric Mod Podge here.  I did not cover the entire back of the mirror with fabric, but I did brush the Mod Podge over the entire back in case it would effect the front of the mirror.  That way any effect would be even.  I have not seen any effect from it however.

Finally she was all dressed and ready for the ball.  People gasped when she entered the room.  Could it be?  Was it she?  The grand dame of yesteryear had risen again from the moth balls.

Here's a close-up of the aging of the mirror.  Isn't it fantastic?


She danced long into the night...

Until next time keep craftin' and smilin'!

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  1. She is the Belle of the ball Deborah! Oh I love, love, love this piece :) I will be back tomorrow to party with you, missed last week, it was crazy, but back to normal now. Have a wonderful day!

    xo, Tanya

  2. Your mirror is soooo darling!! I love the little section up above with the chicken wire and the mirror part is beautiful! Great job! (and thanks so much for the link!!)

  3. You are so cute! Love the mirror and your fun post!

  4. Oh my! Isn't she lovely, isn't she wonderful, isn't she precious!!!!
    Your mirror makes me sing that Stevie Wonder song now...lol


  5. Wow! That really looks awesome! I've never seen this technique before but I'm so glad I did now! Love the chicken wire on the top too. Gorgeous!

  6. Joining you from Timewashed, your make over was beautiful! Di

  7. This is such an amazing re-do. Thanks for sharing the how-to. Now I just need to find such a lovely piece! Blessings, Patti

  8. Interesting transformation ... did you glue the fabric to the back of the mirror in the open places or cover the entire mirror with fabric?
    Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.

  9. What a cute makeover you gave her! She is amazing!

  10. Hi, I love it. I think it is beautiful and creative...Connie

  11. Oh, wow! So fabulous! You just used Gesso as the finish on the frame? I love it! Found you through My Repurposed Life's Catch as Catch Can 118...

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C

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  13. Love the flowers of the fabric peeking through. Very beautiful transformation.

  14. What an inspiration, she looks amazing! I have a mirror like this that I need to dig out and get to work on. Just fabulous!

  15. Looks so beautiful! Nice work. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

  16. Deborah, she is a belle. Simply darlin dear! Love the wash of gesso and the fabric peeking through. Your girdle statement made me smile from ear to ear. So happy to have you share with Share Your Cup. Hope to see you often!

  17. Love it! You did a great job with her! The aging is awesome! So glad you linked up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what goods you bring next week! Hope you have a great weekend! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof


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