Spray and Stain
The mirror that came with the house in the master bathroom was nice and big and really ornate looking. The only thing I didn't like about it was the nasty dingy color it was. I'm not a big fan of gold to begin with, but then add grime and dirt in the crevices of gold... and you've got a mirror of yuck. I decided to spray paint it white and add a dark stain over it. I was inspired by this Pinterest post/picture:
I'm glad I did! When I first detached the mirror and spray painted it, the pure white paint made it look very plastic-y, as you can see below.
An improvement over the dark gold, but not what I had in mind. So I used Martha Stewart Living Metallic Glaze in black coffee, dabbed it on the dried pure white mirror frame using a cheap-o foam brush and rubbed it in/off with a rag. A messy process, but I didn't use much glaze (have plenty left over for other projects) so it dried fairly quickly.
I love how the glaze made the detail in the frame pop without making it look dirty or dingy.
All in all, I think the new and improved mirror is a great addition to the nautical bathroom!