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How to revamp a wrought iron mirror

How to revamp an old wrought iron mirror - strip paint

How to revamp an old wrought iron mirror - apply paint

How to revamp an old wrought iron mirror - apply paint

How to revamp an old wrought iron mirror - apply paint with sponge

How to revamp an old wrought iron mirror - apply paint with sponge

Step 1. Disassemble the mirror
First of all we removed the mirror from its frame. This was easily done as it was held in the frame in a method similar to how a picture frame works. We then removed the metal trim that was used to frame the mirror from the wrought iron.

Step 2. Prepare the frame for new paint
We cleaned off the white paint from the decorative wrought iron with a wire brush first, and then used paint stripper for any remaining paint. To do this, apply the paint stripper with a paintbrush and wipe off with a cloth after the paint has bubbled. (Be sure to follow manufacturer's instructions - being especially careful to follow health and safety advice).

Step 3. Repaint the frame
Once the wrought iron had been cleaned off we repainted it. To help give us the look we wanted, namely an antique, aged look, we used three different paints: a metal Old Gold leaf paint, a dazzling metallic cooper paint (both these paints came from a craft store) and a Mint Green water-based paint that we bought from a paint store.

For the first coat we used the Old Gold leaf paint (following the manufacturer's instructions for drying) then we randomly brushed on the copper color until we got the look we wanted - namely an aged metallic metal. When this was dry, we poured on a little of the green paint and using a damp sponge, patted it all along the front edges of the frame to create the look of aged copper and brass. We think this method was a huge success!


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