Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Repurposed Thrift Store Mirror


I found this great mirror the other day at a thrift store for $6.99.  I loved the shape and the design, but I wasn't crazy about the gold color.  But, that's what spray paint is for, right?  


So, I masked off the mirror and began to paint.  I started with an aqua color, then added in some lime green.  I already liked the effect of the two-tone paint, but my family room has a lot of dark chocolate brown decor and I wanted it to fit right in.  So... 



After it was dry, I painted over the top with a walnut colored gel stain—making sure to get it in all the little crevices.  Then I took a dry rag and wiped off the excess stain.  Note: The following picture is before I wiped it off! 


It now hangs in my family room and I love it!





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20 comments:

  1. I love it! It looks great and will fit right in with your living color scheme!

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  2. I love it! I looks great! I thought it was a "bronzey" color until I saw it from a different angle. Great job!

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  3. Love the layered paint effect.. great idea!!!

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  4. Great piece - well the after piece! It is a wonder what paint and stain can do. I love the colors you chose, I never thought to use aqua and lime together. I might have to copy that sometime

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  5. Love this! What a great method!! I am visiting from Someday Crafts and I am a new follower!! Hope you have a great week and I see you around soon!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  6. wow the effect is stunning! Great refashion project!

    love,mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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  7. I love it! I am soooooo jealous! I've been looking for a mirror like this and haven't had any luck.

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  8. Love it!

    you are so creative and i love how you see the good in things

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  9. That looks amazing! I'm adding this to my pinterest so my sister, who has frames she wants to do this exact thing to, can see your fabulous results.

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  10. Oh WOW, that is just fantastic, I think you've turned it from junky to fabulous!!!

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  11. Your mirror turned out great. What can't a can of spray paint fix? I'm your newest follower.

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  12. What a great find, Susan! I am remaking some frames right now myself, but it never occurred to me to use more than one color. I am not very stain savvy; what kind did you use?

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  13. The frame is gorgeous! What a brilliant way of combining paint colors and stain. So much to learn..

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  14. Fantastic mirror! I've been hunting for mirrors at all of our local thrift stores and haven't found any that can compare to this one! Found you via Dittle Dattle and have become your newest follower. Pop on over for a visit if you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn
    http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com

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  15. All I can say is WOW! This is amazing. Your transformation beyond did this $7 thirft store mirror justice! You've definitely inspired me.

    I just wanted to let you know that I've featured you today on Sew Woodsy. Hope to see you tomorrow at another edition of What's Up Wednesdays!

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  16. that is so beautiful. I love the colors. love the texture. thanks for sharing.
    I just started a link party on my blog today and I'd be honored if you had time to link this up! http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/2011/08/t-time-21-and-link-up.html

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  17. Beautiful effect! Thanks for sharing the technique!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  18. Awesome! I love it. Did you do a small area at a time with the brown stain?

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  19. thank you so very much for taking the time to link up to my party! It was my first one and I'm just honored that people actually joined up. I'd be just tickled pink to see you join up again today! Have a lovely day, Maria http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/

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Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate the feedback and always look forward to reading what you have to say! Susan

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