Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mirror Makeover

Look at this...uh...not-quite-a-beauty of a mirror. I found her at my local second-hand store named Desert Industries. Well, she's not quite beautiful yet but she has a lot of potential. It has pink plastic laminate on the front and grey laminate on the outer edge with a little fake gold leafing on the inside that is flaking off ever so nicely.

It really doesn't look so bad in these pictures but it sure was not very pretty.

Here's the backside.

Enough of the "before" pictures, let's get onto the redo! Here are the supplies I used: Mod Podge and brush, Lacey Scrapbook Paper about 3 12x12 sheets, scissors, black spray paint, and screw driver.

First, I removed all the fake gold leafing from the edges.

It came off pretty easily, which was a bonus but then it revealed the blah grey edge.
This next part is where the fun comes in. I took the Lacey Scrapbook Paper and measured out how exactly I wanted it to be placed. The picture above is of my first section. I was able to get about 3 sections placed per I sheet of 12x12 scrapbook paper. (Did you get all of that?) AS you can see there are some spots where the paper hangs over and other places where the paper is missing-like the upper right corner of the piece that I just put on.

First I slapped the Mod Podge onto the frame, put the already cut out piece of paper on, and then put another coat of Mod Podge. I did the same thing around all the front of the mirror.
You can see that I am almost done. I'm sorry for not taking pictures of how I bridged the gaps between the sections of paper. My bad!

For those gaps I just trimmed some curly-q's off of my excess and placed them neatly where I felt there was too large of a gap. I had to keep reminding the perfectionist in me that minor gaps wouldn't be noticed once I spray painted the whole thing.

Here she is with all the Lacey Paper in place. It may look cute in the picture with the black paper on the pink, but again, it was not as pretty in person as it looks in the picture. You might be able to tell where the sections come together if you look close. Do you see how I just added extra swirls of paper to make it less gappy (that may not be a word).

Here she is in all her spray painted glory. You can't see all the detail until you get up close to it or catch it in a certain light, which is what I was going for.

I didn't want it to have a completely plain front.

Here you can see some more of the detail. I am very happy with the results and I think it looks great in my bedroom. You could also spray it down with magnetic spray paint before you paint it the color you want. Then you could add cute colorful magnets.

If you wanted to do something like this, go right ahead just link me to your pictures so that I can see how it turns out.

Please give credit where credit is due if/when you do this project
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9 comments:

Sarah said...

Lacey,
What an adorable mirror! It really turned out well! THanks for linking to my pillow with piping tutorial...you can do it!!

-Sarah from Create Studio
www.createstudio.blogspot.com

me and him said...

lacey i LOVE it! look at you! i went to the d.i. the other day and didn't see anything with such potential...you must have went right before me! you're forgivin. don't worry i'll give ya all the credit on this one!

Kyle and Kristi said...

Wow that looks so cute! I love the texture it gives the frame-way to be creative:)

Whit said...

Wow Lacey! I love it! Where are you hanging it?

Chad and Beth said...

Lace! It's awesome. I so love it. Now I want to go find something and do that to it! Where did you get that paper?

the mama monster said...

looks awesome. i have been on the hunt for a mirror at DI for ages and haven't quite found the right one. i will keep this idea in mind.

Martha said...

The mirror looks beautiful! I love it! Good Job! :)
Martha

Whitney said...

Lacey! I love this mirror!! It is SOO CUTE!

Larsen Party 24/7 said...

LOVE IT. putting the curly ques under the spray paint to make the texture is genius!