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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Vintage Turquoise Mirror and Sconces Redo

Hi, hope you all are having a great week!  It's a beautiful, warm and sunny day here at the chateau.  Looking at the calender, I have a feeling that we won't be having too many more days like this, so I'm enjoying it while I can!
If you visit here very often, you know how much I love mirrors!  You could say that I'm obsessed with them!
So when my picker friend called to say she'd spotted a large vintage Burwood mirror and matching candle sconces at a sale recently and asked if I'd be interested in them, I couldn't say "yes!" fast enough!
 Of course the set didn't start out looking this pretty!  Oh,no!  I sure wish that I hadn't been in such a hurry to paint them, as I neglected to take "before" shots of their not so lovely earth tone colors.  Remember when those colors were so popular, back in the 70's & early 80's?  This poor set was burnt orange, tan & gold (ugh!), and I could hardly wait to work a bit of magic on them!
 I knew right away that I wanted to paint them a vibrant and rich turquoise, so I mixed up a bunch of different shades that I happened to have, to create my own custom color!  Painting the set by hand proved to be even more work than I'd imagined!  All of those little nooks and crannies were quite labor intensive, to say the least!, But I am so happy with the end result!
After painting, I distressed a bit, then dry brushed with a little Ralph Lauren antiquing glaze, to add what I like to call "that aged over time look".
 Even though it was alot of work, I am thrilled with the end result!  I've transformed quite a few Burwood, Syroco and other vintage mirrors over the past few years, but I've never seen any mirrors just like this one til now.  It is even prettier in person than my photos can capture!
 And here are the matching mirrored sconces.  They are quite large.  Love them!
 I've placed them all in my Etsy shop ('cause I just can't keep all of my creations, as much as I'd love to!), if you care to take a peek!
That's it for now, thanks so much for visiting!
Au Revoir!
I'm linking up with the following awesome parties:
Vintage Inspiration Friday
Feathered Nest Friday 
Shabbylicious Friday 
Passion Parade


Darlene said...

I just love the color you painted the mirror and scones. They look really nice. take care, Darlene

myric andreasen said...

oh! I didn't know you are already back! I bet you are missing Paris already.
Gorgeous mirrors! My linky party is up! Hope you could come by and link-up :)


Kim K. said...

Fabulous color. Your transformations are always magical. Stay warm and dry this weekend! The weather certainly has changed in the last 24 hours!

Gail said...

Oh yes ...beautiful sconces !! and lovely photos of flower market in your last post...I enjoyed "our" trip to France hihi !! Gail x

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

They are gorgeous pieces Donna. Lovely colour too. Thanks for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

Bente said...

Beautiful, Donna. I missed your post under here. What gorgeous photos. Love them all.

Wish you a beautiful weekend.


Little Miss Maggie said...

Wow, Donna, I have never seen anything like these either. Beautiful paint job. I love everthing about them.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

The mirror is stunning, Donna!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Beautiful Donna! I love the new color and the slightly aged effect. You gave them a new life!

Tete said...

Well, probably better off that you didn't take a before pic, because that color scheme sounds down right painful. No wonder you covered them right away! Pretty, but you always do good work.
How are you doing? Hope you are having some fall fun, like jumping in leaves and staring at the reflections in mud puddles.