Phase 2 of my Goodwill mirror craft was placement. I’ll be honest, when I brought the mirror home, I had not a clue where I would put it! I was confident I could find a place though, and after a quick walk through our home, I found the perfect space above our fireplace in our formal living room! Don’t mind the photo from Beau’s 1st Birthday…I thought I took a photo before starting this project but was mistaken. You get the idea 😉
This room has been lacking something for me for some time. Everything in the room except the furniture and my accessories are hand-me-downs from the previous owner. I liked the previous owners DIY fireplace, but I always thought it lacked the formality that it needed to match our fancy furniture. Although I felt the two didn’t mesh so well, I never felt the need to change it…that is until I put my new mirror above the fireplace. The elegant mirror and the rustic fireplace just didn’t go together at all, and I knew something had to give and it wasn’t going to be my new mirror!
Patrick was a little nervous I was going too far when I mentioned I was redoing our fireplace, but I had a vision and I wasn’t going to stop until I achieved it! I used Ralph Lauren Metallic Paint for the job in color Gilt Bronze ME135. Let me just say, I’m in love with this paint!
The application video advised rolling, but I applied two coats of the paint by brush due to the intricacy of our fire place. Brushing worked just fine, but did leave some stubborn streak marks. Since the video suggested using the Ralph Lauren sponge roll on the final coat, I decided to cut off a piece of a sponge and apply the final coat with it…it worked like a charm! There are no streak marks, and the entire fireplace has a subtle hammered affect that makes it shine even brighter!
I’m officially obsessed with the the Ralph Lauren Metallic Paint and am so looking forward to painting with it again in the near future! I thought it would be a lot more difficult to work with, but it really was quite simple! I will admit, it takes a little longer to apply than a regular paint as you have to be mindful of streaking, but the extra time is totally worth the outcome! The video stressed to let coats sit at least 2 hours before applying another one…I let mine sit overnight. I think it turned out beautifully!
As shared before, the mirror renovation cost a total of $53.55. The Ralph Lauren Metallic Paint for the fireplace cost $21.48. Together, my project has cost $75.03…I think it looks a lot more rich than that!
Stay tuned for phase 3…a new all over paint color as I’ve never been a fan of this flat red paint! I’m so excited to continue this project and share it with y’all!
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