Mirrored (Silver-Leafed) Cabinets

Remember this post? I found two vintage fretwork cabinets for a steal at Everything Goes in Staten Island a while back.


To sass them up a bit (and to give me some hidden storage), I silver leafed the inside of the existing glass panes.


The original wood (it was sort of a fruit wood?) was not so pretty and I knew I wanted to paint it out. While I actually really liked the contrast of the dark color of the wood against the silver-leafed glass, we don't always have the best sun light in our apartment, so I needed to go lighter with the color. I also needed something in the cool color family to balance out the gold tones of our yellow striped rug.


I ended up painting the cabinets a pale icy blue (Benjamin Moore's White Ice OC-58), but I think I'm going to change the color this week -- more on that later.


I love how the panes look kind of like antiqued glass now. You can see very blurry but not true reflections, which makes me happy to know I won't have to actually watch myself when I'm parked in front of ridiculous reality shows (or when I'm doing my Tracy DVD's! Yikes). Huge upside.

Another upside is that fingerprints are a total non-issue here like they would be with traditional mirror panes. I can't see any of the Evie-sized smudges at all.


P.S. Do you see a little sneak peek of the navy buffalo check I'm considering for our dining chairs?

76 comments:

Pudel-design said...

Oh I love that new look of the cabinet!
Looks really pretty!;)
Lovely greetings...

http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/

meenal @ maison marigold said...

I liked the contrast better with the wood..would like to see what color you plan to change it to next..I'm totally inspired to silver-leaf the glass doors of one of my cabinets! keep us posted of the next development..do check out my post on a gorgeous destination today when you have a moment! xx meenal

Design Blooms said...

Im liking the direction..are you going darker?

My Crafty Home-Life said...

Yes! I remember that piece and have been checking back to see the "after". I love it. I used your silver-leaf demo on a china cabinet. Your great!

Liz @ MaisonTwenty3 said...

Looks a-mazing! love the pattern of the wood.

Ava said...

GREAT job Jenny! I've been waiting to see how this comes out so I could try it on a buffet. LOVE that it looks like antique mirror. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

Looks great. I can't wait to see more!

things that sparkle said...

It turned out absolutely gorgeous!

Marissa Waddell said...

I love the pale blue! It has such great lines, I'm sure any color would look good. The honeycomb mirror looks great, too!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

i love the before and after! what a chic piece. xoxo jcd:: enter to win my jewelry giveaway !!

bemusedblonde said...

very cool transformation!!! i love your blog by the way ;)

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

I love the silver leaf. It never ceases to amaze me the ideas that people come up with. Nice.

Kellie said...

It looks awesome! I love the silver leaf. Great idea and great transformation!

Anonymous said...

Woooohoooo! Before and after day is my favorite day on LGN!!

LOOKS AMAZING!! I bet they bring so much light into your space! Lovely!

Thanks for sharing!

patty said...

Brilliant! You have such a good eye.

Lisa said...

All your projects turn out so well!

DomesticJenny said...

Love the cabinet! The silver leafed doors are a brilliant idea!

Jessica Langdelle said...

Oh, Jenny. It's all so gorgeous! I love the rug with it. You're right that it needed a cooler toned paint to balance the gold rug. It's really pretty.

And I LOVE the silver leafing idea!

Megan said...

Love it - so glad that you painted it!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh yay! I've been excited to see these photos! Looks lovely and totally doable from a DIY perspective (though I never would have thought of that myself!)

Love your blog Jenny!

Brandi said...

These cabinets were such an amazing find! The color looks really pretty. The fabric on your dining chairs was the first thing I noticed lol! I'm a sucker for upholstery!

Stephanie said...

that is so gorgeous.. i am very jealous of that find!!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, I love it! But why are you changing the color again? I think it's lovely! That thing must have been a beast to paint! Save yourself the time and just enjoy it's current state of beauty!

Love all your projects. Your blog is my favorite.

hugs
Brooki

Cherie said...

ah, I see a glimpse of the honeycombed mirror you just got from Pier 1 --

love the texture it adds to your space!

casey at loft and cottage said...

That cabinet is absolutely awesome. Love the silver leafing--yes it does look like antique mirror!

Cori said...

Wow Jenny!! I love it!!
You inspired me to try something similiar...but when I did the silver leaf I couldn't get it to overlap to look right.
I love yours, though!!!!

lemondropdreams said...

I do remember the original post and eerily enough was thinking about it late, late, late, last night! I'm considering doing that to our tv console. I HATE seeing all the junk inside.

Lisa http://housedressingblog.blogspot.com/ said...

What a great idea! I love it, really really really love it!
I have an off the wall question about re-doing furniture... do you sand it and paint it indoors or do you have a crew of really stong men to haul it to the garage or patio and back so that you can work on it?
I ask this because I have some items that I want to sand and paint, but I can't move this kinda stuff alone and was wondering how everybody else handles this sort of situation.

Jenny at LGN said...

Hi Lisa - I don't sand thing before I paint them usually - unless the surface is uneven. And I don't most of my painting inside. Low VOC paint helps there.

xx

Sandy said...

Please don't change the color...I love it and the color really compliments the silver leaf glass doors. I think it is just stunning.

Elizabeth said...

WOW!!! You have such a fantastic talent! Love the cabinets!

Cat said...

Wow, you have some serious talent and a huge dollop of patience! Your cabinet turned out gorge :) xx Cat

afalasco said...

where is the striped rug from?

Rebecca Gibbs @ gibbgabb said...

love how the cabinet turned out! and yay for buffalo check!

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

The cabinet is gorgeous! I never would have thought to silver-leaf mirror. It's such a great look :-)

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kcinteriors said...

This was such fun to see a sneak peak into your home. I love the cabinet and your ABC rug looks phenomenal. Can't wait to see more!

michelle @ Forma Living said...

Love the cabinet! I wonder if it would be possible to get the silver leaf to look even more antique and patchy somehow for a project I am working on. Thanks for the great inspiration!

Newburgh Restoration said...

They look great, and totally like your inspiration pictures!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

I love the look! Great idea silver leafing the panes. I have done a dresser and a lamp but not that! Don't you hate it when you think you a colour will look great and then after all that work, you don't like it? I had that this week as well while painting my bathroom.

Wonder what colour you ended up with?

Katie @ covestreetblog said...

You're Amazing, with possibly the best taste ever!

Karena said...

Adore the cabinet, Jenny fabulous job!!

I do have a Giveaway from The Zhush I know you will love!

xoxo
Karena
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Julip Made said...

Oh Jenny, the transformation is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

hollyo said...

cool cabinet! And I love the rug. Where did you find it??

lizziefitz said...

Looks like a page out of Domino Magazine! Love the direction, can't wait for the whole room reveal!

Greer Carlson said...

Wow, the cabinet looks FANTASTIC!!!! I'm obessed :)

pillingfamily said...

looks amaze! as always. glad to see i'm not the only one hanging on to my vhs tapes! :)

Ashley said...

As always, Jenny, you never cease to amaze us with your vision. This is a beautiful piece!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I LOVE it!!!!!!

MrsKBJ said...

Pretty! I have been waiting to see the "after" of this!! Love it!
xo
kelly

grant + brittany said...

i love the silver leaf detail, it adds so much and any time there is some metallic involved... i'm a huge fan.

Jill said...

The cabinet is fabulous. The Buffalo Check on the chairs-I DIE!!! Will take the room over the top :) Great ideas, as ALWAYS!

Angeline said...

Love the silver leafing and the paint color on the cabinet...and the buffalo check on the chairs would be so great!

Anonymous said...

GORGEOUS!!! So Domino/Lonny!

Joi said...

This is so beyond lovely I can't even stand it!!! Great job, Jenny!

Rachael @ Roco Rennie said...

Amazing - you have a true talent and so inspiring. Thanks for sharing - I love these themed posts. x

CinnamonInk said...

That is SO beautiful! I have been waiting for the redo! Love it!

Alyssa said...

I've been waiting and waiting to see what magic you'd come up with to transform that cabinet. The silver leaf looks just great with it, and I also like the complementary icy color (what will you come up with to replace it??) Thank you for sharing this excellent idea, Jenny! I hope I can find a good furniture specimen at my thrift stores to try out the silver leaf.

Also... would silver leaf be a good way to repair an old mirror that is tarnishing from the back side or is there a better product for that?

Anna said...

Wow - I have considering the exact same check in black for my dining chairs for the last few weeks. Great minds think alike?

Hilary Dow-Ward said...

Oh I am so glad to see these. I have been wondering for weeeeeks what you were doing with them. I have to admit that I was full of covetousness when I saw them! They look beautiful! Also love your Pier 1 honeycomb mirror. What a great touch above the tv, I like that it is horizontal instead of vertical.

wheezer said...

The cabinet is absolutely beautiful, but I have a comment about the handprints... I have a wall of french doors to lead out to a 3-season porch that we just converted to an office/den. As I was cleaning out the space, I found a baby handprint from my daughter who is now 13 years old. I will never clean that pane of glass, I just treasure the tiny print so!

Katie said...

Such a great transformation!

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Danielle {freshquince} said...

One word...STUNNING!

Houndstooth and Nail said...

I love the way it looks now, I wouldn't repaint it again. It looks wonderful! :) The leafing was the best idea!

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

I love buffalo check!!! How great in navy!

your cabinet is stunning...please tell me you're going to give us the deets on silver leafing?! I've been dying to gold leaf the back of my secretary!

Anonymous said...

Lovely! Do tell more about the Tracy Anderson method tapes. I have the dvds too but recently got pregnant so havent really worried about working out. Are they working for you?

pve design said...

are you going greener or bluer....a peacock blue would be classy.
pve

Grace Happens said...

the cabinets look amazing! i have buffalo check in every single room in our house. i love it! can't wait to see the room evolve. xoxo grace

Aubrey {All Things Bright and Beautiful} said...

That couldn't be more gorgeous (or practical) with the silver leafing!!! Love how it turned out, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited to see if you paint it a different color! I hope we get to see more pictures of your apartment soon! (c;

Blue Fruit said...

How extraordinary! I have to say I loved the cabinet as it was when you found it, then loved it with the silver leaf glass & timber, then loved it with the pale blue paint!

So I can't wait to see the final version ~ as all the steps have been quite wonderful.

Anonymous said...

I've looked everywhere but can't find a mirror like that honeycomb one from Pier 1. Does anyone have any affordable suggestions?

Thanks!
Annie

Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

I saw these somewhere else in the blog world but can't remember where! good job! they look great!

Rina said...

Gorgeous!

Lizzie said...

Hey Jenny,
Do you have any experience silver-leafing directly to wood? I am sure with the proper finish underneath (sanded w/ 100 grit) it would stick? I've got a similar armoire that I want to do this with. I'd love to know your thoughts! Thanks,
Lizzie Welsh
lockelizzielocke@gmail.com

Jenny at LGN said...

Hi Lizzie! The leaf would definitely work right on the wood (well, on the size/glue on top of the wood). I usually like to paint out the background dark though so there is some contrast.

xx

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