Welcome!, this is my first DIY guide :)
Brushed wood is a technique to emphasize wood with a wire brush.
This way we remove the soft tissue, and the hard tissue is beautifully underlined.
That's the way I treated the mirror frame from the seat of the old broken stool.
The shelf was made from a thick piece of recycled wood - poplar with beautiful natural marbled pattern :).
The front of the shelf was painted with an acrylic paints. I love to use this pattern in my works. I emphasized the small loss in wood with golden paint.
The mirror frame has been waxed, a shelf painted with several layers of water-based varnish which emphasized the wood pattern and secured the painting.
What do you think about that? :)