Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Thrift Report: Mirror Makeover

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:

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  1. It looks so gooooood! Love it..Love the blue...Love the idea. I'm off to goodwill for a hunt myself.

  2. I love it, Heather! It doesn't even look like the same mirror! You did a great job!

    1. Thanks, Anathalia...and it was such an easy project. My favorite kind! :)

  3. Score! Hope it takes away a little of the pain away from your blue sofa loss. ;)
    Looks great!

    1. Thanks, Tina! Nothing will really dull that pain completely (LOL) but it's definitely helping!

  4. AH-mazing! you continue to amaze me! your home is so glamourous. another great project.

    1. Thanks, Chrissy! That makes me reality it is soooo NOT glamorous. Right now, it's just a bit mess! ;)

  5. OH yes, two thumbs up. Great upgrade to that mirror!

  6. Good Evening Heather, This is a wonderful transformation. I love large mirrors and like you I have quite a few around the house.
    Oooh, I must have missed a post..... I need to go and found out about this blue sofa.
    Best wishes

  7. It totally looks high end and expensive! Nice job. It is very Emily Henderson!
    I'm bummed you didn't get the fab couches, but glad you didn't end up with something that would just clutter your home and brain.

  8. FANTASTIC Heather....I love it xx

  9. HEY!!! You totally rocked this mirror!! I so love it Heather!! Ok can you come over and help me with mine? Ha! I'm stuck!! Great work!!

  10. That is incredible! So beautiful. :)

  11. It looks just like your inspiration, dont you love that :) Great job too I really like the blue and gold together :)

  12. Very beautiful and love the color!

    Just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for sharing this on the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday Link and Hop.

    We hope to see you next week with another great project.
    BeBetsy Link and Hop

    Best to you,
    Sharon and Denise

  13. Heather it turned out beautiful!!! Enjoy it! Also, I can't wait to see what you do with your living room, I have no doubt it will turn out gorgeous.

  14. LOVE IT! Great makeover.

    That sofa/chair set was pretty great too. Don't you wish you had multiple living areas!?!!

  15. I'm so impressed with this transformation!! What a score on that mirror!


  16. Oh I LOVE the blue! It looks perfect :)


  17. The mirror looks fabulous! I like how the shape of mirror subtly echoes the print on your area rug (which is reflected in the mirror in the first photo). Thanks so much for visiting L'Heure Bleue At Home.

  18. Heather, your mirror looks amazing! I am in awe that you were able to see what a gem this find is! I can't wait to see the rest of your room!


  20. NICE flippin' work!!

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  21. LOVE what you did with the mirror, looks gorgeous in your home!

  22. ohh my gosh, that is darling. I am big believer in mirrors, and how they open up a space - and I have been scrounging the local goodwill for months.

    You know, where I live the Goodwill is really well maintained, and therefore, more expensive. It makes me miss the shady ones in california. Good, good, find my friend.

  23. What a beautiful transformation! Nice job :)


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