Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Before and After: Gold Mirror Redone

I have a gold-framed mirror that I got very cheap inexpensively at Walmart many, many, many years ago. I thought that before I decide to get rid of it, that I might try painting it, like so many thrifty sites I come across.

So, here's the small, cheap mirror:

So I got some spray paint in black, with black spray paint primer and, after carefully covering up the mirror, and adding some swirly rubons (the scrapbooking type) in the corners, I finished with this:

For my first attempt, it's okay, but really, I have to say it wasn't my fault. You see ... I did this on a hot Saturday afternoon, and let it sit outside while it dried. Might have worked for a normal wood mirror, but this one seemed to be cheap laminate over particle board. Unfortunately, the wetted laminate, combined with the heat, warped the laminate and caused it to bubble in places (mostly the corners). Prior to that (but after painting it), the mirror looked really nice! Ah, well, lesson learned. Oh, another lesson learned: wear a mask of some sort. Even though I was outside and well ventilated, later I was blowing bits of black paint out of my nose. Gross!

Anyway, we'll see how long I can live with it before I get rid of it. It serves its purpose for now -- it's across the sliding glass door in the dining area. I told Brian I can probably wait until we move again before I decide on getting another mirror.

And, I'm linking this to:


Allison @ House of Hepworths June 8, 2010 at 3:26 PM  

Wow, that looks 100x better! Great job. I also love the little detail you put in the corners.

Charles Gramlich June 9, 2010 at 1:42 AM  

Quite pretty!

Christine June 12, 2010 at 2:42 PM  

Very well done! ^_^

Sarah Sunshine June 13, 2010 at 10:27 PM  

sooo cute!

this is totally inspiring me to get on some projects at home i have wanted to do so badly!!

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