Maybe I’m a Glazed
Unfortunately this post does not contain Paul McCartney songs. (Or was it Wings?). Or donuts.
Sidebar: My college roommate does not like donuts. Can you believe that? I mean, they’re not my FAVORITE thing in the world or anything. And ya know, most days I’d gobble up my Greek yogurt and gladly turn down a donut. But a hot, glazed Krispy Kreme? Or the unsung donut hero, the Cruller? Every once in awhile, sign me up.
But like I said. This post isn’t about donuts. It’s about Glaze! Faux fininshing glaze.
My blogstar friend, Kristen, is a master glazer and I’ve been dying to try my hand at it. On something that I can’t screw up. Well, let me rephrase that. On something that if I *do* screw it up, it won’t matter.
Enter this $3.53 mirror from Goodwill.
It’s pretty as-is. It’s also old with this cool label from a framer at the Carlyle Hotel. Schmancy. But, it doesn’t really go with a lot in my house. Okay maybe that’s not 100% true. I just am trying to justify animal testing with this puppy. Er, guinea pig.
I wanted to tone down the red somewhat. So, I made a mixture of approximately equal parts glaze and paint. I used some Ooops! paint I got at The Home Depot for fitty cent, mixing a little gray and a little blue-green. Also? I think it’s fun to incorporate exclamation marks within words. Like Yahoo! or P!nk.
Then I taped off the mirror part with a page from an old catalog in case I got messy. (I always get messy. I’m a broad strokes kinda gal, unfortunately.) This reminded me that I need to resume my running career. It’s always something, right? I also sanded some of the red paint off and distressed the edges a bit.
I used a small, cheapie paintbrush I got from a little decorative brush pack at Michael’s. I painted the mixture on.
Then I wiped it off immediately with a paper towel. ACTION SHOT! You can see the paintbrush resting on the tupperware of paint + glaze. It’s like a watercolor set paintbrush.
I have the hands of a pudgy eighth grader.
And this is what it looked like afterwards. Toned down, and much more in the weathered gray world than the gold and red one.
I was not sold either, don’t worry. Un poco fugly.
But then I found a spot for it in our kitchen, next to the most expensive piece of sculpture we own, our Kitchen Aid mixer. (At least now it can look at itself and how pretty it is.) As for the mirror…I… think I like it? I do like the muted colors and the hints of red and gold still coming through. Totally different look than where we started.
I spy my scarf on the floor in the dining room.
With this new addition, maybe one day I can watch myself make donuts. Mmm….donuts.
Anyway, this was a fun baby project to try my hand at glazing. I think next time I would like to start with a lighter/whiter surface to get a more accurate feel for how it changes the look. This piece already had a lot going on—gold, red, natural wood from where I sanded.
Have you played with glazing? Or does it just bring to mind awful 90s rag rolling faux finish techniques?
Viva la Cruller!