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Thrift store mirror make-over

 

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I picked up these mirrors at a thrift store for five dollars each.

 

 

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They were heavy and the frames appeared solid and in great shape.  For ten dollars , I was ready to risk refinishing them.  I thought they would be beautiful above my double vanity in my master bath.  Diamonds in the ruff.

 

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The mirror frames had ornate carvings that I thought were plastered.  Much to my surprise, they were solid wood.  I had to get through a layer of cream, gold and burnt orange paint to find the wood.

1. My first mistake was not covering the mirror glass.

2. My second mistake was not covering my face with a mask.  (Old paint can contain lead paint)

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After sanding a bit, and I thought that I was being very careful not to touch the glass, I saw that I was bumping the glass mirror.  This caused scratches in the mirror!!  So, I taped around the edges with some painter’s tape.

3. My third mistake was not covering the WHOLE mirror.

 

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I was planning on painting these frames but I loved the distressed look that was slowly being revealed.  I sprayed on cleaner and went to work with a toothbrush to thoroughly clean all the crevices and remove the loose paint particles.

 

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I was happy with the looks of the mirror.  I sanded some areas down to expose the wood while leaving other areas with various colors still showing.  To seal the frames I put on two coats of clear finish coat.

RANT:

verb (used without object) to speak or declaim extravagantly or violently; talk in a wild or vehement way; rave:

See all my scratches around the edges of the mirror? Ugghh, I felt so stupid and angry at myself.  I knew this mirror would have to go to Over The Mountain Glass to be repaired because those bitty scratches would drive me crazy.  This bargain of mine was going to cost me after all, and all because of my lack of foresight. Oh, I thought I was safe by covering my other mirror with tape.  Remember mistake number 3?  When I was sanding with the rotary sander I actually bumped the mirror BEYOND the tape.  Both mirrors had to be replaced.  This was a $130.oo mistake.  By the way, the original mirrors were in almost perfect condition when I got them. JEEEZZE-O-Man was I sick!

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I had the mirrors replaced in the frames that I refinished because those small scratches would drive me CRAZY. (my husband was real happy about that)   I was certain that they would look beautiful above my cabinets that I had just refinished. (see my tutorial on how I refinished ALL of my Thermafoil /vinyl cabinets both in the kitchen and my bathrooms) This project was not without it’s disappointments’ however,  I love this shabby chic look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sofa table updated in an afternoon, really

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The sofa table was really shiny so I decided to lightly sand the whole thing.  The shabby paints that I use usually stick to everything but I wanted to make sure that I had a good surface for it to adhere to.  Shabby Paints.comstep2sofatable

 

I painted the whole top with Marine Blue and the legs with Cali Taupe.  Shabby Paints dry fast.  It dried within 30 minutes! REALLY…so I recoated it 30 minutes later.

 

 

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I randomly taped off the whole top with 3M, safe-release tape that I bought at Lowe’s.  I then used various colors of Shabby Paints to fill in on the top to make my patterns.  I always peal away the tape immediately after painting to reveal my design. I sanded off some of the paints to reveal some of the wood underneath and give it a distressed look.
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I applied one coat of clear Sabby Paint Vax sealer.  I waited an hour to dry and applied a coat of Re-Vax in black to give it an antiqued appearance. (yes, that is my unmade bed in the background.  Don’t judge me!