Upcycling An Old Mirror With Nail Polish
After sanding your frame, lay down some newspaper or bags to protect your table from any spills. Also mask off any areas near edge of the frame.
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I used chalk paint just for this corner, but black polish would work too
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To marble areas, I used an acrylic pour technique. Pop some polish into a plastic shot cup, add a little white polish & stir slightly with a brush
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Pour the mix onto the frame slowly then use an air puffer to push areas of the marble around until you’re happy with the look
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You can also use a small brush to help move the marble polish around, I just had a play until I was happy with the result above
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Repeat this technique with different colours on different areas of the frame
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Apply polish to any area of the frame & while it’s wet, using a brush burnish on some gold leaf to add some texture
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To create a terrazzo effect, apply 3 random nail polishes to a thin strip of plastic, allow them to fully dry, then cut the pieces into small chunks
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Apply a block of paint or polish then while it’s wet apply the terrazzo chunks randomly with a brush
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Continue to go around the frame filling in areas with random colours to add texture. I really made use of my air puffer & a gold metallic polish
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I used random marble blobs to divide different sections up making sure some of them clashed
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I also used some neon nail pigment to add a pop of colour in the upper right corner - which I applied over a wet layer of nail polish using a brush
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I even added some random black blobs as I really liked the contrast. Just keep going until you are happy with the results
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When you’re happy with it, allow it to dry for a couple of days, then apply a clear coat of matte or glossy Mod Podge to seal in the design
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Finally just hang it up & enjoy your colourful new feature mirror
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Masking Tape
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Any Mirror With A Wooden/MDF Frame
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