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Thrift store mirror make-over


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



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.


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)

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.


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.


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.


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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!

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!









Thermafoil Cabinet makeovers

I found that I could easily remove the vinyl coating on the thermafoil cabinets by putting the blow dryer on it.  click here for my YouTube demonstration link   I used the highest temperature setting. After a few moments the vinyl separated and I was able to peal it off by hand. The painter’s heat gun was too hot.  It started reactivating the old glue on the cabinets and causing it to gum up. I used my blow dryer.  It “lifted” the vinyl without gumming the glue.   I literally did this in minutes…Easy-peasy.
Only the doors of the cabinets were vinyl coated and needed refinishing.  I didn’t mind the interior look of my white cabinets and decided to repaint only the outside of my cabinets and leave the interiors the same.  There was a bit of glue residue on the doors but the chalk paint that I used was Shabby Paints brand and it adhered well.   I painted my cabinets 4 months ago and they still look beautiful.


There was a bit of glue residue on the doors but the chalk paint that I used was Shabby Paints brand and it adhered well. You only need two coats of paint to achieve beautiful coverage. I first painted mine white and then sealed them with clear Vax.  When I put black Re-Vax over the white, it changed the color to this beautiful gray color.

I painted my cabinets 4 months ago.  They hold up well and still look beautiful!





After you paint the clear sealer over your color, you can apply Re-Vax to change the look.

I first painted mine white and then sealed them with clear Vax.  When I put black Re-Vax over the white, it changed the color to this beautiful gray color. I was able to maneuver the black Re-Vax around to give my cabinets the look of real wood grain even though they are only MDF.





This is a before and after photo of my kitchen cabinet makeover.


Sofa table gets whimsical

Two coats of Shabby Paints chalk paint covers nicely

After lightly sanding the whole piece (the manufacture of the paint said that it was not necessary but I do it to reassure adhesion ) , I applied two coats of Shabby Paints.  I used Marine Blue on the top and Cali Taupe on the bottom. I love this chalk paint because I only had to wait 30 minutes of drying time between each coat. I recommend that you use one of the round chalk paint brushes to apply the paint because it holds the paint better glides on smoother.  I put a giant tablespoon of paint on a paper plate and worked off of the paper plate.  This kept me from drying out the jar of paint.  Wet your brush before you start painting.  The paint will glide on and go further.


After the two coast were dry,   I taped off the whole top with painters tape.  It was just a random pattern. Nothing fancy and no measuring for me. I then painted the exposed patches different colors (Cali Taupe, Vintage Glass, and Snow white) I pealed off the painters tape immediately to reveal my pattern. I lightly sanded the top to get it smooth and then I  distressed my whole piece.  I sanded the edges and some surfaces to reveal the wood underneath.
I finished the piece by applying one coat of clear Vax (Shabby paint brand sealer) and 30 minutes later I applied a coat of black ReVax .  You can use two coats of the clear but I wanted my piece to have an older, antiqued appearance So I used the Revax for the second coat.  You apply this with a wet sponge…easy peasy!  Can you believe that I finished this all in a day.  Its why I love Shabby Paints!