Total Basset Case: Mirror Mirror

Oct 18, 2011

Mirror Mirror

For a while now I have been wanting something for our stair well.
The space is a bit of a challenge because it is very wide and tall.
I finally decided that I wanted a mirror for that space but I couldn't find one that I loved. 

And then one day I was thrifting and came across one that I did love 
and the best part...
it was $3!!
$3. Can you believe it?!
I quickly snagged it up.
I knew it would need a little bit of work but for $3 there was no way I could pass it up!

I knew I was going to spray paint  but I wasn't sure what to do about the brass part. 
I immediately tweeted Kate of Censational Girl (the spray paint queen) to get her advice.
She suggested sanding and priming the metal part in order for the spray paint to adhere.

I took her advice and got to sanding (with some help, of course).
Truth time: I laid that blanket down in our living room so I could watch Real Housewives while I was sanding...

I made sure the metal was very roughed up and buffed out the nicked parts of the wood. 
After sanding Floyd and I took the mirror outside to prime it. 
I taped newspaper onto the mirror portion to make sure it stayed clean.

I let the primer dry a bit.  (Probably not long enough...I got impatient).
I then used some brown spray paint we had in the garage and gave it a couple of coats.
And ta da! Here it is in the stairwell!
 
Floyd approves of the new addition.

I really like the way it turned out!
And for $3 it really can't be beat!

6 comments:

Elyssa said...

Turned out great! I love the chunky frame on the mirror! What a find!

I also like the new blog look. The header is cute!

Bethany said...

The mirror looks great!

Miranda said...

wow it looks awesome...nice new addition!

lori said...

what a find! $3 is amazing... i need to get to thrifting myself.

natasha {schue love} said...

You did a great job! Looks wonderful there! :)

Amy said...

I love this... are those empty frames in the mirror backgroud? that's a great idea! ps.. i love the real housewives....