Saturday, September 28, 2013

My Mirror Makeover!

My Mirror Makeover

I was tempted to donate this older mirror to Goodwill when we moved into the farm. Luckily, my mom-in-law had the great idea to re-purpose this hanging mirror into a coffee table or ottoman tray! I have to give credit for this project to her; thanks for the idea, Momma D!

 Do It Yourself

What you'll need:
Painter's Tape



Minwax Polycrylic 
You can use Minwax paste or Johnson's wax, but for this project I used Minwax Polycrylic.

I am using "oops" paint for most of my projects. You find this reduced price paint at local hardware stores, Walmart, anyplace that mixes paint! It is usually just at a reduced price because the color didn't get mixed quite right. If you don't have to have a specific color, then you can find your project paint for a FRACTION of the price! 



Tape off and cover the mirror with the newspaper.  

Be careful to get your tape all the way to the edge for a clean paint job.

Putting in a little prep work goes a long way. Taking the time to tape off the mirror and lightly sanding the wood makes a world of difference. You'll notice that after the first coat you'll probably need at least two coats of paint to make your project look polished. I ended up using three coats of paint on this project and then let the piece dry before flipping it over to do the back. 

 Again, painters tape is awesome. 

I didn't want to paint the entire bottom because the mirror was only held in with cardboard material. So, I taped off around the bottom so that I could quickly and easily paint the back edge. It took a couple of coats on the bottom edge too, even though it will be less visible than the top. 

Protective Finish

I used Minwax Polycrylic on this project. It's important to wait a few days for the paint to completely dry. It is dry to the touch quickly but before you brush on a finish you'll need to wait for the paint to cure. I used a couple of coats of Minwax Polycrylic on this piece because I like that it has a low odor, water clean up, and, well, that's the finish I had on hand.


And Ta-Da! 


I love how this turned out! The mirrored surface adds depth and I love the reflection of my glass bowl on the tray!

So glad my mom-in-law 
saved this piece from the giveaway pile! 
Thanks again for your inspiration!

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