Posts Tagged ‘mirror’


make me pretty – crazy alley mirror

June 12, 2014

I found this mirror in the alley one day when I was walking our pug frankie. The mirror was broken but I thought the frame was pretty great. And it was plastic, so even though it is very large, it doesn’t weigh a lot. So I removed the mirror and used it to trace a pattern before I threw it away. I had a scrap of plywood  and I cut it to fit inside. This is kind of a big deal because I usually get someone to cut this kind of thing for me. But I got a jigsaw and did it myself. It was actually really easy and I am so happy to be able to cut things out by myself now.

I painted the plywood with a couple of coats of chalkboard paint and spray painted the frame. Then I put it all back together and there you go – super cute chalkboard!

You can find it at Orange!






make me pretty – quick mirror re-do

January 10, 2014

This mirror was originally part of a dresser, it still had the hardware attached. It ways a ton, with that thick old bevelled mirror. I cleaned it off and gave it two coats of chalk paint then distressed it and covered it in clear wax. I cleaned about 100 years if dirt off the mirror and now she is looking pretty sparkly.







make me pretty – vintage mirror

February 23, 2012

I stumbled across this pretty mirror at the thrift store and couldn’t believe it was only $12! It was so coming home with me! Some misguided person had painted it with horrible thick, gloppy, high gloss beige paint and then added even worse blue and green highlight colors. This was not a job for sandpaper alone. I had to bust out stripper. I scraped and I brushed with a wire brush and then I decided to just leave it. I love the weathered look – paint layers, natural wood. I also put a light blue glaze over it – just to add another layer.

Here is the before:

And after:

I found this cool stamp on the back of the mirrors. This mirror was made two years after our house was built – super cool!

Sorry these aren’t the prettiest picture. It is really hard to take a picture of a mirror (can you see me in the first picture?) and the mirror is in my basement so there is no natural light!


make me pretty – spray paint power

March 23, 2011

I am not very good with spray paint – I get drips and light spots and setting up the drop cloth outside, or in the garage, is just a pain in the butt. Sometimes, though, it is just the right tool for the job. Here are three projects I recently completed that really wanted to be spray painted.

I found these cute plastic vintage frames at the thrift shop. I loved their shape but wasn’t really into the fake wood brown color.

But wouldn’t they be cute painted yellow? Especially against my gray living room walls with some black and white pictures of my cuties!

I want to spray paint everything yellow but I decided to branch out and try a pretty turquoise color on this ornate gold mirror.

After Frankie the Pug gave these bamboo plant pots his approval I spray painted them yellow on the outside and blue on the inside. After adding a couple pretty plants my yard is looking pretty happy!

If you decide to get crazy with the spray paint be patient and do several light coats. Also, wear a mask. That stuff is so stinky, even outside! But once you do one project I guarantee you are going to start looking for more stuff to paint. I could make that yellow, and that yellow, and that yellow!