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Saturday, October 31, 2009


Do you love toile? I always have and always will ~ it's timeless, it looks so beautiful with antiques and seems to tell a story. Mitzi of Mitzi's Collectibles Blog commented on my mirror post and had experimented with this same technique! Here's her post HERE on her altered mirrors.

She mentioned that she used oven cleaner to help remove the silver from the backs!!! I used paint stripper (outside of course) but I wanted a little more silvering removed so I tried the oven cleaner and it did remove more!! I had to use a razor blade just a little as well.

Plus Mitzi also mentioned that she used wallpaper behind as an accent to show through the clear glass. I thought about my collection of wallpaper and remembered this gorgeous ecru and cream toile that I had purchased to use on various projects.....well, I taped in a piece and I LOVE IT!!!!

Now I think this needs to hang in the new guest room, don't you??
Thank you so much Mitzi,
for inspiring me to achieve the look that I had in my mind ~

I hope you have a wonderful weekend my sweet friends,
hugs and love,


Barb said...

this is sooo awesome!!


The toile was the perfect finish!


Gorgeous mirror any way you do it and great buy for $5.00

Thanks Dawn and Mitzi!!

barbara jean

Anne~fiona and twig said...

This is the prettiest thing I've seen in ages! And the fact that it only cost $5 makes it that much more gorgeous to me. Kudos to Mitzi for her assistance. That's what I love about blogging, we all jump right in to help a sista out!
Love ya!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

That looks fantastic! You found the perfect wallpaper for that mirror! I think I have to watch out for old mirrors now ... Have a wonderful weekend, too! Hugs, Julia

Tracy Suzanne said...

Wow, isn't it so funny how things just end up falling together that look like they were designed for each other. Well that's just your good eye. I love toile too and these couldn't have been more perfect for each other! But I'm always amazed at what you do.
Hugs and Happy Hauntings...Tracy :)

Theresa said...

Your $5 mirror is gorgeous! Great technique! Have a blessed day!

The Rustic Victorian said...

K-E-W-L Miz D !!!!!

madrekarin said...

Dawn- That is beautiful! Your guest room will always be full with lovely things like this mirror in it. :)

Sheila R said...

Isn't it great to have blogging friends that are so helpful and supportive? Just love it!

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

Really pretty.

Happy Halloween.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That looks so pretty! I love toile! That's the great thing about blogging {that I've found} so many talented and helpful people like Mitzi.

Miss Sandy said...


I love the dreamy ethereal quality of the mirror and it will look divine in your guest room.


I love it and I never thought about doing that!
Happy Halloween (;

Rebecca said...

Hi Dawn
Very cool mirror!
Happy Halloween!

Laura said...

Hi Dawn,
This is such a creative and inspirational post! Your toile mirror is really unique and beautiful...I can't wait to try it!
Take care, Laura

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Dawn... The mirror is stuning....

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Dawn, your mirror looks absolutely stunning! The toile wallpaper is gorgeous and I adore the color! I will definitely have to try this. Many thanks to you and Mitze for sharing this technique!
Hugs, Carol Anne

Anji Johnston said...

I'm going to try this this weekend! It looks amazing!

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Dawn, I bought a new book at Joann's this week "Whisper Painting" by Suzy Eaton. It is a decorative Painting Techniques book. She gave all the instructions for making the mirror like yours. I have one in the garage that I am going to do after my next sale a week from today.
Your mirrord looks great, can't wait to try it.
Hugs, Pat

Anonymous said...

Dawn, I always feel so good when I visit here! This mirror is just so beautiful and soft and feminine! You DO work on some large, messy projects, girlfriend! ;-) But, oh, what results!

Hugs! Diane

Dorthe said...

Dawn, dear,
this looks realy beautifull, so feminine and delicate, it will look perfect on the wall in the guestroom.A big work with a wonderfull result.
Wishing you a wonderfull saturday evening dear friend.
Love and hugs ,Dorthe

P.s. did you get my mail from yesterday sweet?

Mitzi Curi said...

Dawn, I absolutely love your use of toile to complete your mirror project. Absolute perfection! I also want to thank you for linking to my little blog. I have a feeling I will be making some new friends thanks to your generosity! That's what blogging is all about!

Cheryl ~Zany-Mayd said...

Hi Dawn,

the mirror turned out Beautiful! Just was stopping by to Spread the word to You..... I drew your name out of the hat this morning.... You are the Lucky Winner of the Happy October # 2 Give-Away.... I will get the package out to You, this week....
Don't forget to stop back by & Enter "Happy Thanksgiving Give-Away" which Starts Today~

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Happiness is visiting the feathered nest. I love coming here dear. Thanks for scattering joy. Would you mind if I used the faery image on your sidebar or is it from your personal collection? Just let me know either way. I am sending you wishes and light.

stephanies cottage said...

ohhh i loved the first one too... but this look is my fav!!

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Where do you find time to make all these great things??? You are the Martha of the blog world! I love this idea but my problem might be that I actually really like the old worn I look so much better in them! lol

Artist Class said...

That mirror looks better every day...can't wait to see it tomorrow! LOL!!!

Katies Rose Cottage said...

Wowwww ! I just love love that ! I want to do one sooo bad !
Thank you for showing us ~


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