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Thursday 1 December 2022

Frenchic "Hornblower" Mirror Frame Transformation

I've been doing another paint job using the Frenchic paint called "Hornblower" which is a dark almost navy blue colour.  This time transforming the frame of a mirror.

I placed a successful bid at my local auction house (it's actually where I used to work), on a lot called "Various Gilt Mirrors", in the photograph I could only see two, on collection there were actually five in the lot, so I was spoilt for choice which one to use.  

I decided on one that was the ideal size to be hung above the fire surround, but it did have an awful gold gilt colour to the frame, which I knew had to be worked on.
 I painted three coats of Frenchic "Hornblower" on to the frame and it looked so much better, however I was concerned that it looked a bit solid looking!

I delved into my crafting stash and found a little pot of Cosmic Shimmer Platinum coloured gilding wax.  On the back of the frame I tried a small area and it looked great, so using my finger I gently rubbed the wax over the decorative embossed detail of the frame and also along the surface of the raised dots.  I'm really happy with the way it now looks.  The mirror is now hanging above the fire place in the front room.

P.S.  Apologies if you are looking at the odd flooring in the front room through the mirror.  We are waiting for the carpet to be fitted and delivered.  I have my fingers crossed that it will be tomorrow


  1. The mirror frame looks stunning

  2. This is such a super makeover the of the mirror frame and certainly derserves a place over the fireplace Sam and a wonderful idea to add the touch of Platinum wax over the raised areas which really brings it to life. x