Saturday, September 25, 2010

My $5 Craigslist Mirror Revamp

About 3-4 weeks ago I went online on Craigslist to find pieces of furniture and things to update and decorate our home with.  I didn't really have a plan or an idea of what I wanted to buy, so I pretty much looked at anything. One post in the furniture section was by a second hand store called New to You, they had advertised different things and said to check out their site since there were more pictures of the items they had for sale.  I went to their site and saw an awesome, okay I thought it was awesome, mirror for only $35.  I had been wanting a large mirror, didn't have a specific place for it, just knew I wanted one.  So I called and asked them to hold it for me till the next day. 

I drove clear across town to go look at and purchase the mirror.  When I got there I realized the mirror was much, much larger than what I had anticipated.  And it was also extremely HEAVY.  I was kind of hesitant about buying it because after looking at it and trying to pick it up I really had NO idea where the heck I could put it in our house. But I didn't think I could ever find another mirror that size for that price. So I went ahead and bought it. 

This is it. It is way bigger in person and way heavier than any mirror should be.  It's old, from the 70's they said.  I thought it was perfect.  I imagine painting it black, a brown-bronze,or maybe an antique white?  Any suggestions?
 On the way out of their little warehouse type space I spotted a beat up looking silver oval shaped mirror.  The guy caught me looking at it and said I could have it for $5.  FIVE BUCKS??? Really?  I picked it up and noticed it used to be a medicine cabinet door.  Didn't know how I was going to hang it, but for $5 I couldn't pass it up.  And I could have sworn I took a before picture of it, but for the life of me I can't find it.  So you'll just have to imagine a dirty silver mirror that needed some lovin'.  We cleaned the mirror with Windex and scrubbed the frame as well.  Some kind of dark metallic type paint came off the frame when cleaning it, it looked like whoever had it before us had tried to antique it, but did a poor job.  We then unscrewed the mirror's backing and pulled the mirror out from the frame.  I was glad it came out because I didn't think I was going to be able to tape off the mirror and paint it that way. 

I went ahead and primered the mirror with my favorite gray spray primer from Rust-oleum. (I have tried Valspar's primer in white and it doesn't cover the same way as Rust-oleum's.  Maybe it's just me.)

I had a difficult time deciding on what color to paint it since it was going in Rian's room, so I painted small sections of the mirror with different colors.  I finally decided on white. 

Justin helped me put the mirror back together and then he added picture hanging wire to the back of it.  And then we hung it in Rian's room over her crib. 

 I love the way it came out, especially since it was purchased for only $5!