Hello friends! I'm super late posting my thrift report this week due to the holiday. As wonderful as long weekends are (I'm not really complaining here, honest), they really can throw your schedule off, can't they?
First of all, I'm both sad and relieved to report that I didn't end up buying the blue velvet sofa and chairs I posted about Friday. I was so torn...I just don't have the space, yet they were just AMAZING. I ended up procrastinating about making a decision until Sunday, and when I finally looked at Craigslist again, the post had been deleted. Although I'm a little disappointed, I'm also relieved, which probably means I REALLY didn't need them in my life. (But still...*sigh!*)
Never fear, though. I've found another way to incorporate some of the gorgeous peacock blue into my never-ending living room makeover.
Some of you may recall that I have a serious thing for old mirrors. When I spotted this guy at Goodwill, I knew I had to bring it home:
It reminded me so much of this Bunny Williams mirror I had pinned (and drooled over) a while back:
I didn't like the icky brown faux paint treatment, but for a price of $14.99, I knew I could give it a little facelift! And it's a really substantial mirror -- over 40" tall and weights about 20 lbs!
I planned to use an oil-based enamel to give it a nice, glossy, laquered look. Rustoleum is usually my go-to brand in these situations, but their royal blue was a bit too bright for this project. You can't really get oil-based paints tinted, but you can mix them yourself (combining green and yellow until you have the perfect blue, for example). I was just lazy in this case. Instead, I spotted this Ace Hardware version in a pretty color called Harbor Blue on a supply run:
I taped off the mirror and went to town. Oil paint is unforgiving, so I definitely recommend spending some time on the taping process, using high quality painter's tape, and breaking out the latex gloves for the actual painting.
Two coats and 48 hours [oil paint also takes a LONG time to dry!] later, here's the result:
I'm completely loving it! It looks very high-end, and I'm pretty sure no one would guess I spent a grand total of $18 (including paint) on it!
But best of all, it brings some of that lovely blue into my new living room. I can't wait to show it to you in the finished room sometime soon!
Hope you all have found some thrifty treasures of your own this week!
Linking up here:
A Living Space
Apron Thrift Girl
The Dedicated House
The Cottage Market
Ivy and Elephants
Mod Vintage Life
Knick of Time