Sunday, February 28, 2010

A MacKenzie-Childs inspired mirror

I love MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check designs, especially the pottery. The enamelware is also beautiful, but if I had my choice, and the money, I would buy all of the pieces in the pottery line. I love how the paint is dragged thru each individual check.
This bowl was the inspiration for this mirror transformation. I had an old maple mirror and I painted it white:
I made a pallette of creamy white, plum, green and banana acrylic paints and began to paint the individual white checks. And then I went back to paint the black checks. I have been to the M-C plant in Aurora, NY numerous times and this is how I remember them painting their checks...
And this is how it turned out:
I wanted a mirror by my front entry....and this is doing the trick!
I also like how the reflection of my dining area shows up in the mirror:
Now I need a taller lamp - Isn't it funny how one project leads into another???

Today I am linking up with Made It Mondays at the Persimmon Perch and Make it For Monday at Cottage Instincts and Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch

20 comments:

  1. Your mirror project came out very good and ties in so nicely with all your other pieces in your hall way and I love how it reflects the other rooms in your home - I try ot toake pics like that and cna never seem to gt them to come out right!

    Great job -

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  2. OK - that should read - I try to take pics like and can never - wow - I really messed that one up - sorry!

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  3. Love what you did here. I can't get enough for black and white...especially checks. I keep my McKenzie-Childs catalogs for inspiration. You did a great job on your mirror!

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  4. Patti you are SO talented! I love your blog and am so glad you stopped by mine. This is such an interesting vignette especially with the reflection of your dining room. Well done!

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  5. Love the mirror. You have a lot of patience and a steady hand!! I really like how everything coordinates in the front entry. I see that it even coordinates with a little lamp in the other room too (the one reflected in the mirror).
    Love the entryway table too!!
    Jane

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  6. loving your "new" mirror! and YES one project DOES always lead to another!

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  7. I am fwd this to my MC friend addicts. One of them just did a table..It came out great!
    I hope she posts it on her blog.
    Your mirror is wonderful!

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  8. ok, here is my address so u can send me that mirror! lol. Love it! mishelle

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  9. A girl after my own heart! I adore anything CC and most of MK-C things. It does become addictive, doesn't it? Your mirror is wonderful. I impressed that you painted it yourself. Great job!
    I've visited MK-C in Aurora several years ago. What a fabulous experience. I would love to return sometime.

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  10. That came out great! How cool that you painted it yourself, too. Love that Fancy Nancy black lampshade. A girl always needs a reason/excuse to shop/re-invent! LOL!

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  11. Your MacKenzie-Childs inspired mirror is a wonderful knock-off! You mastered the technique of dragging the color through the tiles. Beautifully done. I would love to have a mirror like that! Black and white- a big statement and a the best combo.
    Yvonne

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  12. Cute MC inspired paint job! You are the Queen of black and white check!

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  13. Very pretty, Patti! I like how you can see your dining room in the reflection, too! I love the black and white check.

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  14. You did a great job! I chuckled when you mentioned one project leads to another:)

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  15. Your make-over is wonderful.

    I'm in LOVE with that original bowl, though!

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  16. Yay another black and white lover. So glad I stopped by.

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  17. I'm having such a 'Duh!' moment from your post. I have the same rooster mat as in your 1st pic. So I read your post, admire how cute the frame turned out and was going to tell you so. But then it just hit me - black & white! That's what my house needs to be updated. You've inspired me, believe me.
    Oh, and I do love your frame too. But thanks more for the inspiration!

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  18. Awesome! You did a great job. :)

    ~Liz

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  19. Love the mirror...don't think you need a taller lamp though. Just fold down your table top because it dwarfs the entire foyer/recessed area. Put the lamp on the right side so the cord is not draggin across the entire of the table and interupt the flow. Then stack a few more books to make the lamp taller if need be. Hope this helps :D

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