mirror mirror on the wall

1st August 2012

Remember how I painted that chevron ceiling in my entryway back in the winter? Well, I was all revved up to make other changes to the hallway, but then 6 months passed and nothing had happened. Whoops.

Here is a really early picture of the entry-way, pre-painted ceiling. See that small mirror on the left? Well, I had always known it was too small but hadn’t found a replacement….

… until I stumbled upon a thrift store find. This big ornate frame was sitting at my local thrift shop, just dying to be painted. I had actually picked it up months ago, but it had been sitting in my garage (see? I told you I got lazy on this hallway makeover!). Anyway, I finally got it out, dusted it off, and got to work. It was a little sad to take out the artwork (clearly a personal masterpiece by someone out there), but the floral still life just wasn’t my bag.

I wanted something aqua or minty to tie in with my blue living room. Y’all know I have hoards of paint (I always grab those mis-tints at the hardware store!), so I got out my aquas. The one on the far right was a little too bright, the spray paints weren’t quite right (too green, too blue), so I went with that minty one in the bottom left.

My painting spot? The backyard (on a sunny day with no rain in the forecast!).

I put on two coats and had to make sure to really get it into all the nooks and crannies.

Then I grabbed the measurements and went out to my local mirror guy to get a piece cut. My mirror dude is from a local framing/mirror/glass shop that has been around forever. If you don’t know of anyone if your area, ask around at the arts/framing stores and they’ll probably be able to steer you in the right direction.

It was recommended that I use clear silicone to secure the mirror, so I grabbed a small tube for $4.

I was pretty liberal with the silicone, just to make sure the mirror was really stuck in there. The silicone can be a little stinky, so make sure to do this in a well ventilated area.

And here is the finished product. I don’t have too many “after” photos since there is a part 2 to this makeover, but you can get the idea.

And because it was pretty tricky to take a photo of this mirror without actually being seen IN the mirror, you’ll get a peak at my dorky self.

The budget breakdown?

  • Thrift store frame: $10
  • Paint: $0 (already owned, but was originally $3 for the mis-tint)
  • Piece of mirror: $17
  • Silicone: $4

TOTAL: $31

Not bad for a big frame full of character. Stay tuned to see the second part of this little hallway makeover.

Any of you folks DIY’d a mirror lately? Or a favourite thrift store find? Anyone else as aqua/mint obsessed as I am? I know I can’t be the only one.

  • http://www.realtyqueento.com RealtyqueenTO

    Looks great!

  • http://primitiveandproper.blogspot.com cassie

    LOVE the color on that frame- it looks perfect! i pinned it! :)

    • gemma

      thanks cassie!! :)


  • http://www.stardust-decorstyle.blogspot.com Olga@StardustDecorStyle

    Ι think it’s great! Lovely color pic!

  • http://www.lipstikevents.blogspot.com Nicole

    It’s gorgeous, I love the colour!

    • gemma

      Thansk Nicole!! Definitely a favourite of mine too :)


  • http://firstdayofrest.blogspot.com Danielle

    Nice job! Looks really great :)

    • gemma

      Thanks Danielle!!


  • http://house-pretty.blogspot.com Amelia @ House Pretty Blog

    Great idea and I love the colour! I just discovered a great ornate frame last night while tidying up our basement storage room – I didn’t even know we owned it! This could be just the transformation for it…

    • gemma

      Ooooh, don’t you love it when that happens!?


  • http://notahousebutahome.blogspot.com Emily-Jane @ Not A House, But A Home

    Nice DIY! Btw, I’m pretty sure my parents own that exact same frame, except with a picture of us as young kids in it :P

    • gemma

      Ha ha hilarious!! Nicer than my still life :)


  • http://www.how2home.wordpress.com how2home

    I am so jealous right now!!! I’m looking for an ornate frame to do my grandma’s 85th birthday and I want to use it as a seating chart. Having such a hard time looking for a nice and reasonable price one in Toronto. This is such an amazing find! I like the new color you put on and you look gorgeous in the pic!

  • http://www.modernjanedesign.blogspot.com modern jane

    Love the mirror color. What a great mis-tint! It looks great with the shelf and the ceiling.. just read those posts too:)

    • gemma

      Thanks!! Yeah I snagged that mis-tint as soon as I laid eyes on it.. such a good find!


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