Hi Everyone! Happy Thrifted-Thursday!
With it being Thursday and I just happen to have an awesome thrift store find that I’m incorporating into my powder room, let’s just say it’s Thrifted Thursday and I’m going to show you how to easily refinish a framed mirror! Using my two faves- Gray and white of course!
I have a tendency to go into thrift stores, allow something to catch my eye and my inner monologue just takes over,
“Come on, you could make this so pretty if you bought it. Just do it. You better buy it, someone else is going to. Probably that lady over there with the set of porcelain geese in her cart… Or that guy eyeing up that exercise bike…”
There is always an exercise bike, isn’t there?
Yes, this really happens in my head. It’s a weird place to be, you probably should just keep it to our casual visits here On Bliss Street.
So anyway, when I spied this mirror, I knew it had to be mine. Why not? Honestly, I can’t remember how much I paid for it because I bought it probably a year ago and let it rent out a space in my garage for that long, but I can tell you that if I bought it at a thrift store, I would never have paid more that $10 for it. So, I’m going to make this a freebie on my budget. Everyone like freebies.
Here is what it looked like in all it’s glory when I saw it, calling to me from behind a wrought iron canopy bed…
Now that the powder room remodel is in full tilt, I knew this sweet girl just had to be in it. That orangey-gold though, sheesh…
I can’t pay $30 for a little can of paint! That is like 10% of my entire powder room budget! I’ve tried to make my own from about a dozen different recipes that I found all over Pinterest, but non really do it for me… None of them are like the videos where you get to just paint it on and then wipe it off with a cloth until it’s all worn and antique looking. I haven’t found a home-made recipe that is comparable… Or maybe I’m just a bad cook.
So, in the true spirit of On Bliss Street, I just used what I had. I’ll outline my process for you…mind you it was an experiment. I didn’t know how it would turn out, but I LOVE it!
Paint a thick coat of white paint all over the texture. I used Olympic One Paint plus Primer, off the shelf white. It’s the red label at Lowes. As you can see, I left the sides because this was just an experiment. Once I was all done, I swear, I painted the sides
When I say “thick” I mean it…
Now, go get a snack or two. Throw in a load of laundry, take a nap, whatever you have to do to let the paint dry.
Using a sponge brush, I brushed on some gray latex paint called “Weathered Tin.” Just a cheap off brand that I had mixed years ago at Farm & Fleet. I brushed about a 6 inch section, then I wiped it with my fingers sort of like I was rubbing in lotion. Here’s what happened…
I was able to wipe the gray off of the areas that I wanted to stay white! Just like the Chalk Paint Tutorials I’ve watched so many times! The trick is to brush on with the sponge then quickly wipe off with your fingers, I mean like immediately, if you give the gray any time to dry, it takes the white off with it.
Your going to have to play with it a little to see what I mean, but the outcome is really beautiful. It’s almost like those techniques where you spray paint the frame then apply gesso over it. Only this is cheaper and it takes about 5 minutes, except for the drying time of course.
You can see where on the top of the texture it looks worn. Like there have been layers of paint worn down over the years. Love it.
I did exactly the same thing for the smooth areas. Only for them, I painted about a 3-4 inch stretch and then spread it toward the unpainted areas with my fingers. It achieved that same effect.
Here’s the finished product on the wall. I cut off the rest of the room because it’s a surprise. Duh. You have to wait!
Projects to come!
- Vanity made from a single board rescued from a dumpster.
- An epic place to hide the extra toilet paper.
- A ridiculously creative way to make-over and upgrade a boring, brass, hollywood light fixture.
Then the reveal of my awesome $300 Powder Room Transformation!
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