It was nearly three years ago when I purchased a can of ‘merlot’ colored paint from Kelly Moore. Since then it has sat in my garage waiting to be used. Every year I had every intention to finally do the ‘wall frame’ project I had in mind when I bought it. But something always comes up. When a can of paint is left unused, the hue needs to be professionally mixed. So I would visit the Kelly Moore store every year that it sat unused to have them perform this task.
One day in the late Fall, when I was sick with the flu and bored from resting on my bed, was when I decided that operation wall frame will be underway. Incidentally, this project is all about adding some pizzazz to three vintage wall mirrors in my hallway. I love these pieces. It had a beveled mirror design set in a rustic dark copper color with specs of aged bronze nickel frame. I spotted them in an antique shop eight years ago and although my first home had a country-style vibe, I just had to get them!
When we moved into our second home I knew exactly where I wanted to place these mirrors. Unfortunately, the hallway wall was long so the mirrors appeared small and too-wide apart from each other. Fortunately I had a quick design fix in mind to offset this issue, hence the ‘operation wall frame’ idea.
The first thing I had to do was gather my equipment, which comprise of two ladders, my Kelly Moore paint, mixing sticks, floor plastic cover, and nylon paint brushes.
Then, without moving the mirrors, I drew a rectangular pattern five inches from the frames. After completing all three outlines, I transferred a small portion of the merlot-colored paint into an empty small can and started using the biggest brush to cover the larger areas. When it came to following the pencil-marked outline, I used a much smaller brush. I do not use painter’s tape since I am pretty adept at following the lines (my childhood years of attending oil painting classes paid off!).
Adding a wall frame using paint created an ‘artistic-gallery’ style vibe to the mirror frames. Now the hallway doesn’t appear bland. The mixture of the eggshell-white wall with the burgundy painted frame, and the rustic style of the mirrors worked well together. Whether one views it straight on or at an angle, a spark of interest is created, which I was hoping to achieve.
But don’t think for a moment I am done with this hallway wall. There are still a couple of more things I need to do and once I am done I can share this with you on another post. The only hint I will give is that there must be a continuity of hues between this wall and the adjacent library, which walls I painted awhile back with a combination of light khaki-mocha and dark copper-brown colors. You could say if I quit my day job I could qualify as an interior wall painter (ha ha!).