Trash to Treasure Mirror

July 29, 2013

I love taking something that people would normally consider no good and making something great out of it.  I have a habit of "collecting" things that I see potential in when I'm shopping...unfortunately this also means I have a "collection" of things waiting to be made into something!

I bought this mirror at Goodwill a few weeks ago.  It was originally a dressing mirror that would have been attached to a stand allowing it to tilt.  The stand must have been lost or broken, however, so all that was for sale was the mirror itself.  There was quite a bit of damage and scratches to the wood, but all that really adds to the charm once it is painted.

I've been painting a lot of things white lately (like my corkboard, pitcher, and spice rack) and had originally thought I'd paint this white as well.  White goes with everything, fits into practically any style of decor, and is easier to sell.  But then I realized how boring that is to continually see white projects on a blog.  I opted instead to paint the mirror this great light blue color.  I got this sample bottle of paint for free at Lowes from a coupon in a magazine and turned it into chalk paint.

I gave the mirror a good sanding because the finish was very smooth on the wood.  Chalk paint tends to adhere really well to surfaces like this, though, which is one of the reasons why I like working with it.

I rubbed candle wax over the edges to help the paint chip to distress it.  Then  I painted three coats of the blue paint.  The paint was sanded off the edges and then I coated the entire piece with a craft varnish.

I attached two D hooks onto the back so that the mirror can hang on the wall.

I left the metal hooks on the sides where it would have attached to the frame.

So, even though someone got rid of this mirror probably because it no longer served it's original purpose, I think it has turned out to be a great mirror to hang on the wall.  It is 3 1/2 feet tall, so it is big enough to make a statement.  What do you think?  You can visit my Etsy Shop if you'd like to purchase my mirror.  (Sorry, it is sold!)

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