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Sunday, October 18, 2015

1960's Mirror Frames ... Mold It ... fix it !

Just look at this great old mirror frame. 

  Definitely 1960's 

I know because the mirror was dated 1965. 

They were likely on one of those wonderful, well made French Provincial triple dressers.  

I have a pair of these frames ... mirrors have been removed.

Solid oak ... typical painted - antiquing stain - with black specks and added resin trim for the style of that period.

But oops ... one is missing the bloom on one end ... 
Well, I can fix that !

I dug out this very old can of MOLD IT from my craft supplies.  
I was surprised it was still good. 
I don't know if this product is still being made.

Using the second frame where this part was good; I made a mold.  I got a little messy with too much on the side. Just easy to cut that off when it is set. I slid a plastic chopping sheet under it for protection.

I just kept painting 'mold-it' on until I felt it was thick enough ... let it dry and then peeled it off. Some of the paint on the bloom came off in the mold, but that did not matter.

I nestled the mold in a bed of un-sanded grout so it would hold its shape when I poured the casting material.
Flower,  fine sand or powder can be used too.

I used Plaster of Paris for the casting, but it was too soft and crumbly. 

 Next I used "Tough as Nails" powdered wood filler that you mix with water. It was perfect and made a very strong cast.

I was able to trim and sand it without breaking. 

Now this is a fairly small piece.

I just glued it on.  

I made several attempts to match the original color, but did not have very good luck.
Finally, I just dry brushed both pieces with some tan craft paint and then dry brushed white over that and the FIX was less noticeable. 


You will never guess what I did with these mirror frames.

Please come back to see ... Remodel of master bath ... part 2  (coming soon)

Check out these related blogs to see more of the master bath makeover. 

Remodel of master bath ... part 2  (coming soon)

Thanks for stopping by.
Audrey Z.

Linking to:  
Vintage Inspiration Party #210 
 Cozy Little House Tweak It Tuesday

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Amaze Me Monday #133Dwellings-the Heart of You Home

Linking to: Vintage Charm Linky Party #1 
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  1. Audrey, I am so impressed by this! I know absolutely nothing about casting and making molds, you did a fabulous job! Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up to our Vintage Charm Linky Party! Can't wait to see what else you have in store for us!xoKathleen

  2. Audrey, you HAVE been busy! You are a wealth of DIY knowledge and your projects always inspire! Thank you so much for sharing at Vintage Charm! Hugs, Cecilia

  3. Well you are one clever crafter.

  4. Hi! Your fix on the mirror frame looks great! No one will ever know you did that. That was a beautiful frame to find. You are so talented! Nancy

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  6. I have repaired very old picture frames in the past (many years ago) and sure wish I could have gotten my hands on this product! I will have to remember this! Love the frame!!

  7. Oh Audrey, you most definitely have my curiosity aroused now!!! I'll be sure to return to see what you have done....I know it's gonna be super no matter what!!!

  8. I never knew how to do this. Thanks, Audrey!

  9. I love this project TOO, Audrey! Wonderful restoration.

  10. This mirror is stunning, Audrey! I can't believe you made your own mold that is so cool. It's beautiful. Have an awesome day, CoCo


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