Thursday, October 24, 2013

One Room Challenge Week Four

Welcome to Week Four of Calling it Home's One Room Challenge! I'm delighted to be a part of Linda's Linking Party. To get caught up on my powder room makeover, here are links to the past three weeks:
This was a dreaded week for me... the week of the DIY! You may recall, I got a fantastic deal on this mirror from Craigslist, but I'm not fond of the crackly gold finish... 
 
 
 
I wanted to gold leaf it. But after reading this gold leaf DIY post over at Little Green Notebook, and then this post at vmac+cheese, I quickly realized that with all of the carvings and detail of this mirror, traditional gold leaf was not the answer for my DIY.   

So I found this Sophisticated Finishes Gold Metallic Surfacer from Michaels, thinking it was a liquid leaf. But unfortunately, it left my mirror with a dull/matte gold finish, and I want more of a metallic/gold leaf finish.
 
 
Next I tried Rust-Oleum's Specialty Metallic spray paint, reviewed and named the best gold spray paint by this blogger.  I think this just might just do the trick.

 
It is a close match to the gold plate of our Sherle Wagner cherub faucet... but not exact.

 
I might try this "Classic Gold Liquid Leaf" from Hobby Lobby... Or leave it as-is. What do you think?  Third time's a charm?

Stay tuned for the finishing touches over the next two weeks, and don't forget to check in on other Linking Party participants as well as the 20 ORC participants.

24 comments:

  1. Gorgeous mirror. I kind of love it just like it is!!

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  2. I think it looks fab as-is, but you need to be happy with it! CanNOT wait to see the final reveal!

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  3. So pretty - I think it turned out great!
    -Shelley

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  4. Your a DIY genius! It looks great. Trust your instincts if it needs to be enhanced, as you see the big picture. I'm still drooling over every single thing you've done in this bathroom.
    Sharon
    @novaraway

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  5. Oh I am so envious, there is just nothing like that to be found here unless you spend £1000.
    Are you a interior designer?

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  6. Your mirror is gorgeous. I absolutely love cherubs. Your entire bathroom is really incredible. You are doing a great job!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  7. It's hard to tell from the picture. I guess it depends if you want it to look brand new or a bit aged? You will know if it is right. Great mirror.

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  8. I actually like Martha Stewarts. liquid gold leaf, and I also like the gold leaf rub from Michaels which turns shiny when buffed out! But I have to say from this end the mirror looks really good!!
    I bet it works well with faucet too!
    Karolyn

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  9. I used liquid leaf on my mirror this week, and it wasn't bad. The finish honestly isn't all that different than your Rustoleum finish, though. The liquid leaf definitely doesn't have the depth of real gold leaf, but it's pretty.

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  10. Personally, I love the metallic you used. I think it enhances just enough!

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  11. I think it is looking good but if you think it needs a little something more - than go for it! Can not wait to see this powder room in all its glory!

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  12. I think it looks great just the way it is - but you are the one who has to live with it. If it isn't the right gold for you then paint it again. Looking forward to seeing the final reveal.

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  13. That is such a great mirror and your second try is a much better look than the first. Give the other liquid gold a chance if you still want to. If it doesn't look good, you can always cover it back up with the spray paint. Good luck!

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  14. I like it as is!! Maybe add a little bit of gold leaf here and there...just to add a bit of texture? not sure if that would look good. The mirror is beautiful!

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  15. OMG This is AMAZING. I love it! That mirror is to die for.......what a jewel box of a room you are creating!

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  16. I like Albertina's suggestion. I think a little bit here and there is all you need!

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  17. Love it! I'm going to copy you and do this to a cool mirror I bought at a garage sale.

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  18. I love love LOOOVE this piece. All the details.
    Summer-Raye

    www.southernmrsfit.com

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  19. I agree with Albertina. I think mottled and aged is the way to go rather than brand new gold. The entire space is fabulous, Andrea!

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  20. i am loving it....
    the mirror reminds me of a 'louis soloman' mirror i used once.
    gorgeous.

    :)

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  21. Its hard to tell from the pictures, but I think either option will look good. You know what you are doing. :)

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  22. I am inclined to say don't mess with a good thing ... I think it looks amazing!! xo

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