Mighty Mirror Makeover
Yeah! I love it! I hope you do too…
Let’s recap…Yesterday I showed you this awesome mirror that I bought at Restore. It needed some help!
Remember that I told you the center pieces of the mirror were turning black. I decided to work with the imperfections, instead of replacing those mirrored pieces. I wanted to do something with paint. I googled and went to Pinterest to gather ideas. I found a great idea over at Design Sponge. Check out her tutorial and then see my take on it…
This pillow was my inspiration.
First I had to gather some supplies: primer, paint, clear contact paper, Exacto knife and brushes. The frame was plastic, so I used my Valspar Plastic Primer that was left over from my wicker settee makeover. The paint I chose for the frame was Krylon Classic Gray.
Krylon has the best spray paint nozzle, ever!! Easy to use!
I started the job with a coat of paint. Normally, I would just cover and tape off the mirror, but I needed to do a little extra with the small sections, so I removed the back and the mirrored pieces. That way, I could spray paint the frame quickly and easily.
This is the first coat. Remember…two light coats are better than one heavy one.
While the frame was drying, I began on the small sections of the mirror that were turning black.
Enter the contact paper, Exacto knife, extra paint and brushes…
First I covered each piece with clear contact paper and then cut a design with the Exacto knife. (It will not scratch the mirror.) I did not draw it out. I chose to do it freehand. You could definitely draw a design on the contact paper, so that you would know exactly where to cut. I tend to like the “hand painted, on a whim” sort of look.
You then peel off the pieces of contact paper that you cut, giving you the areas of the mirror you wish to paint. I used my Krylon Classic Gray.
Before it’s dry, peel off the contact paper.
At this point, I used some leftover ceiling paint that I had, to paint the rest of the design. It’s an off-white color. Again, I did it freehand, pulling the design idea from the pillow shown above. It basically consisted of “dotting” the paint on the branches. Then a few lines drawn to form smaller branches.
I think it turned out so cute! I actually like the “black” on the mirror pieces, with the design. It’s almost as if it was intentional.
Here it is in it’s final resting place…
I threw on a few pillows from my sofa and a few from my bed. I think I’ll make a run to HomeGoods tomorrow and look for some amazing pillows with some gray in them. Don’t you like how the “inspirational pillow” bounces off of the design on the mirror?!?!
I was a little worried about the paint coming off easily, because I did not use “glass paint,” but I cleaned the mirror this morning and the paint looks great. We’ll see how it wears.
No worries, because I can always do a re-do. All I would have to do is scrape the paint off with a razor blade and start over! The designs could be endless!
So, what do you think? Let me know?
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