I had scooped up this large mirror last year with the Arthur Unamoff swivel chair and the pieces for the Wine Rack. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with it, so I had to live with it for awhile to take it in and imagine different scenarios. At first, I originally had in mind to paint it (either silver or white), but I didn’t want to get stuck with doing the same thing over and over again.
So I decided to sand it down completely and cross my fingers that the wood underneath was in good shape. After hand sanding for an hour, I pulled out my handy palm sander once more, and carefully continued stripping off the dark chipping varnish – until it was beautifully bare…
Even though there are two different types of wood used on this frame (which is why someone stained it in the first place), I liked the look of this two-tone frame. It had mid-century modern feel, and I especially loved the look of the wood on the sides.
After a thorough wipe down with water and paper towels, I applied two coats of MinWax Polycrylic Protective Clear Finish (gloss), allowing two hours of dry time between coats.
Now… the mirror seems brighter and more fresh. A beautiful addition to my living room!