Give The Look Of Patina Gold (with paint!)

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It’s SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look today.

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

Hey there my beautiful friends!!

Round…what round is it?? Round 6 of the thrifty haul makeover.

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

I have now completed 5 thrifty finds out of my last thrifting trip.

If you missed any of those makeovers, you can see them right here:

And you guessed it! Today I’m sharing the $6 mirror makeover.
Did the arrow give it away?? ;)

Give The Look Of Gold Patina (with paint!!)

Here it is “before”…

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

Not terrible at all and a steal for $6, right? Yep!

You could take it home and use it just as-is because it’s in great shape.
But if you want to take it a step further to match your decor or make it more to your liking, you can simply paint it.

I did a really, really simple paint effect to create a gold patina look…with paint only.

 

First I cleaned the frame well, then I sealed up each crack in the corner where the pieces meet with caulk (linked above) so they won’t show up once painted.

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

Then I taped a paper bag to the center of the mirror and around the edges to protect it from the paint.
Next, I used one of my favorite gold spray paints (linked above in the materials list box) to add a base color to the frame.

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

Once that was dry, I used a color similar to my old favorite “Duck Egg Blue” by Rustoleum (also linked above) to paint over top of the gold
It’s a great color and much cheaper than what I used to use.

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

I only did one coat because I didn’t really want it that thick in coverage. (but it covers well anyway)

Once that was mostly dry, I took a damp paper towel and wiped all the raised areas to remove some of the paint.
Then I used a dry paper towel to wipe over the top of those areas to remove the haze left behind, etc.

Now, this will really only work well with a “chalky” type of paint as it will come back off easier with a damp cloth than other paints, such as latex, etc.
You would likely have to sand if you use that type of paint.
I didn’t want to sand because I didn’t want to remove the gold paint OR remove the shine of the finish of the gold paint underneath.
Wiping with a damp paper towel instead of distressing with sandpaper keeps it completely intact.

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

Plus I like the look of this better than sanding for this particular effect.

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

Pretty simple!

Want to see some of these projects in “live” time? Hop on over and follow along with me on INSTAGRAM. I’m always sharing in my stories as I’m doing projects, finding new furniture, fun finds….just all the day to day behind the scenes. 

Lastly, I gave it one coat of poly (linked above in the box).
Want more ideas for sealing chalk paint? Check out this post here >>> The 5 Top Ways To Seal Chalk Paint

And then hung it up here where my other painted and updated mirror usually hangs.

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

My hydrangea and roses are doing pretty well still. (from last week’s posts)

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

Looks pretty nice here.

But it won’t stay.
But it could. ;)
No, but I hope it finds a nice new home to go live in. It’s ready for some re-loving.

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

Some “up close” shots…

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

All that detail that I don’t think really stood out before.

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

And I just adore this effect…and these colors together.

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

You might remember I did something similar to a small, dark (burgundy-ish) vase/urn recently.
You can check out that makeover here >>> Old Metal Makeover With Faux Patina Finish

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

That reflection…those colors, blue and gold. I’m such a sucker for them! #allthehearts

It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

Want to see even more “gold patina” style makeovers?

I have videos in each post showing how to create the finishes below:

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It's SO simple to add the look of gold patina to just about anything with these two things!!! This $6 thrift store mirror got a brand new look! artsychicksrule.com #goldpatina #patinafinish #mirrormakeover

So like I always say…you absolutely can decorate your home on a budget.
Yes, it might not be as quickly done as if you bought everything retail, but it can be done.
Honestly, it’s really amazing what you can save when you think about it. And by save I mean money and saving things from going to the dump too!

If you missed any of the rest of this haul’s makeovers, you can see them all right here:

This one got a brand new look! Come back on by to see what I did to it!

Another Way To Create A Weathered Wood Finish artsychicksrule.com

UPDATE!! See it now, here!

Have a wonderful week!

xoxo

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39 Comments

  1. Can you tell me the color of the wall in this picture? I have been looking for that color of blue for a long time!

    1. Hi Patti, of course! It is Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams and is a lovely color! You can read more about it in this post >>> here. Yes, I wrote an entire post about it! :)

  2. Nancy, I love me some white but I think you are converting me to the potential, and beauty, of the duck egg blue color here. Holy smokes! Gorgeous!! Any time I see silver (the mirror), blue and gold it reminds me of the song Silver, Blue and Gold by Bad Company. :) Classic, gentle rock!
    What? No Ryder in the photos? :)
    Enjoy and have a great rest of the week!

    1. Haha!! No Ryder! He was at the vet getting a bath and nail trim when I took the photos. :) And yes, duck egg blue will lure you in for sure. It’s one of my favorites. And yes, great song!!! Have a wonderful week, Christina! xoxo

    1. Thank you, Tara!! And oh my gosh, I didn’t even catch that I didn’t tell what I used even when I proofread. BUT I have edited the post with what I used (caulk) and even linked it in the gray “Materials list” box so you know exactly which one I used with photo etc. Thanks for bringing that to my attention! :) xo

      1. Thank you for your quick reply. I will now get busy painting some mirrors I have meaning to get to for awhile. I always love your remakes!

  3. What a beautiful result! I dipped my toe into chalk painting a couple years ago, and now I’m ready to get back to it with the inspiration from your posts as I redecorate our living and dining rooms. Love your ideas, and I too am interested in what you used to fill the cracks in the corners of this mirror. Thanks so much for your time putting this together!

    1. Thank you so much, Deanne! So happy to hear you are jumping back in, that’s great! And what a wonderful way to redecorate your spaces. And yes, darn, I can’t believe I left that out! Sorry, it was regular paintable caulk! I have edited the post and linked it in the gray “Materials list” box so you know exactly which one I used with photo etc. :) xo

  4. VeryVery nice !
    That’s a great blue. ;)
    Thanks for sharing your gold patina process. I initially thought you may have dry brushed the gold. I will surely try your method !
    Beautiful results.
    p

  5. I like the gold showing through! So, the gold paint stuck to the mirror’s finish without coming off? I have started using some Rustoleum chalky paint in the can and spray and it goes on as well as the more popular brands. Good to know you are having success with it too. You’re knocking out the haul!! Good girl :)

    1. Me too! :) And oh yes, the gold spray paint…stuck great! I haven’t tried the Rustoleum chalky paint in a spray can yet…but I just bought some the other day! Looking forward to seeing how it goes. But I love the Rustoleum Chalk style paint (liquid). I agree, works as well as other brands! Happy weekend to you, Cecilia! xoxo

  6. WOW! Your timing is impeccable! It’s Beautiful!!
    I have a 70’s bathroom medicine cabinet that has wood scrolling (similar to your frame.
    It has 3 mirrored doors. I remodeled the bathroom with white 6″ tile and Abalone deco tile as a border which gives me many colors to choose from. I have stared at the mirror for months and couldn’t figure what to do with it, and you just answered my conundrum! Although I have 1 question, is the top coat hardy enough for bathroom abuse?

    1. Linda, your bathroom redo sounds lovely. I would love to see a pic or two. I have a strong weakness for anything abalone! ;)

    2. Thank you, Linda, and yay, that’s perfect! :) Yes, I think it would be. You could do two coats to be safe but it is the same topcoat I used in my laundry room (and guest bath) cabinet years ago and they are still perfect. xoxo

  7. Gorgeous!!! I think this would also have looked great with a silver and gold finish. I can’t believe you got it for $6. Incredible. Would love to live there and find such great deals.

      1. Thank you for identifying the exact paintable caulk that you used to seal the corner cracks. I am new to the DIY scene so this was a big help. Thanks again!

  8. Very pretty! I will give this colour combination a go. Gold Rush is my favourite gold spray paint!
    Thanks for sharing 💖

  9. Nancy, thank you for the easy, awesome painting trick! I thought I liked the before on this mirror but you showed otherwise. :) <3

    1. Thanks, Abbe! :) Yes, it wasn’t bad at all before. Someone who loved it as-is could’ve really had a steal at $6! It was in great, like-new, shape. xo

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