I am getting ready for a yard sale, in fact I was supposed to have it last month but we had torrential rains and so I still have a house full of things I don't really need - read too many cups and saucers that don't match!
Another thing I have is this awful oval mirror with a plastic frame. Honestly, I wouldn't have given it a second glance except that the kids took all of the mirrors from my room and so I made myself a bet. I would give it one last shot and try to up-cycle this sad sack of a mirror and if I don't like it, then I can still sell it at the yard sale. Now let's see how I intend to save the plastic mirror from the clutches of the yard sale.
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The truth is, this mirror was a yellowish color before. You know the bad kind of yellow from too much exposure to the elements. Or maybe it was always meant to be this way. Whatever the truth is, I did not like it one bit. If you look at the photo below you can instantly see what a difference a coat of white paint makes.
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What I Used:
The Americana Chalky Finish paint in Everlasting took all that yellow away and laid the foundation for what was to come next!
The How To:
I ended up adding a second coat of the Americana chalky finish paint, because I wanted to have a clean canvas for the next step. You see, I was going to try and add depth to this plastic and also highlight all those curves and swirls.
Using the White Everlasting chalky paint as a base, I mixed some of the Raw Sienna in and came up with this lighter color, a peach, which I softly brushed onto the "rope" you see below.
I also mixed the Neutral Gray into the Everlasting chalky finish paint to come up with this soft gray which I then applied to the 5 rope pieces going around the oval of the mirror.
Finally using the Raw Sienna mixture I painted over the scallops and the framed piece which was right next to the actual glass, on the right side of the image below.
I kept on repeating this process over and over with a dry brush technique. That means that I would apply a little bit of paint to the brush and then dab it onto a paper towel, leaving just a tiny bit of paint on the brush to be applied to the mirror.
You can still see lots of the white peeking out from underneath the brushstrokes.
The final step was to take the metallic black and thin it out with water. This created a sort of glaze. I painted this onto the 5 ropes you see below which are vertical.
And here they are on the top of the oval. It's starting to look very shabby chic!
The final step was to thin out the metallic black even more and brush the whole frame with it. Again, using it as a glaze. Normally when using chalky finish paint I'd need to add a top coat to seal it in. But in this case I used the acrylic paints as sealants.
And now I have a new mirror!
Is it shabby chic? Does it look vintage? I don't know what to call it. You can see the drop cloth pleated curtains that I made a few months ago, reflected in the mirror.
Oh and the object next to the oval mirror, on the right, is the farmhouse chippy mirror I refinished a few months ago. The actual mirror has fallen off - talk about Murphy's Law, after all that work - but I will find a way to glue it back on.
The oval frame has a very soft look with lots of shimmer.
And it's certainly a much more robust frame that really shows off all those twists, turns and scallops.
See how the grey blends into the sienna. I randomly brushed the watered-down grey on top of the scallops.
Now you might be wondering why I chose these two colors and not something else. This room seems to be coming along slowly and the grey and peach are the predominant colors so far.
I'll be showing you more of the furniture as we go on. Or maybe I'll even be brave and make a mood board. I've never made one before. Any advice on how to do it?
And lest we forget what a boring yellow plastic frame it had been before...
Will this be my new mirror for the bedroom? Or should I demand that the kids give me back the old one that they confiscated?
And that is how I am going to save a plastic mirror from the yard sale!
Ok now I need an honest opinion here. Should I keep this plastic oval mirror, or should I sell it at the yard sale?
And while we're at it, do you want to see a mood board for this grey and peach bedroom?
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I'm Mary and I recently moved to New York from beautiful Greece. I like to re-purpose and up-cycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece and New York.
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