Recognize this mirror?
No? How ’bout now?
As you may recall, it cost me $12.99 plus tax at my local Salvation Army. I lugged it home (that baby is solid wood and heavy), painted it black and distressed it. Mr. Native Texan hung it by the front door for me. While I would prefer to find a really cool floor length mirror for this space, I’m satisfied with this one for 13 bucks and some paint.
Now I can check out my coat/scarf combos without dashing back and forth to another room! (The coat closet faces the mirror).
NOTE: I learned something in the process of painting this mirror. While I do recommend protecting the mirror with paper of some kind, I do NOT recommend leaving the paper there while the paint dries. I slid the paper into the tiny space between the mirror and the frame, and when the paint dried, the paper remained stuck to the frame inside those cracks. I worked hard to scrape all the paper out, but there are still a few spots of paper stuck to the inside of the frame. It’s not a huge deal, especially because not many people will even see this mirror (we rarely use our front door). But I can see the spots and strips of paper reflected in the very outer edges of the mirror, and it bugs me. 🙂
Moral of the story: if you ever paint a mirror, do protect the surface, but be sure to remove the paper (or tape) before your paint dries. You can always clean spots of paint off a mirror, but removing dried on paper from a tiny crack is nearly impossible (and may risk shattering the mirror).
Here it is again, the finished product. Overall, I’m pleased with the results. Decorating with junk, woo hoo!
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