Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Do it Yourself: A Mirror Makeover

An easy weekend project is to remake a mirror you already have by antiquing it with spray paint. I remade this mirror in less than an hour.

The items you'll need: a mirror of any size, paint of choice, small paintbrush, spray bottle filled with water, and Mirror Paint by Krylon - although this is near impossible to find. I settled for Metallic spray paint by Krylon which I picked up at Michaels.

First, paint the frame of the mirror and let it dry. Once completely dry either cover the frame with newspaper or blue painter's tape to protect it from getting spray painted.

Then, fill a clean spray bottle with water and lightly spray the mirror from about 1 and 1/2 feet above the mirror until you feel it is sufficiently spotted with water. Try to spray some areas with a heavier concentration of water to make it look more haphazard. Spraying the water beforehand will give the mirror more texture and keep the finish from looking flat.

Finally, begin spray painting the mirror from about the same height of 1 and 1/2 feet so that the color doesn't end up too concentrated in any one place. The goal is to mist the mirror with spray paint until it is completely covered so that it looks like it has been sitting in someone's attic for a while. It is a good idea to practice spray painting on some newspaper first so you can get a feel for it. Once your finished, let the mirror dry lying down so it doesn't drip.

I don't have a before picture but imagine an ugly, brown, unfinished wood frame. You can find frames at thrift stores or garage sales for nearly nothing. The other items I believed were less than $10.00 total. I love the way this simple mirror now matches my personal style and new home.

Have fun!


I want to see your Mirror Makeovers! Send your photos to HurryHomeHoney@gmail.com

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