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I’m pretty sure most everyone has a wall mirror in their home.
If you don’t, I’m equally sure you can easily find one at a thrift store.
That’s where I found this one.
I’m slowly working my way through decorating the house that we bought last spring, and one thing I still had on my list was a few wall mirrors.
So I did what any good thrifty shopper would do, and added it to my thrift shopping list.
Of course, I knew that would mean some DIY would likely be in order.
All the better!
Since we’re talking about upcycles this month, it’s a great time to introduce you to the $8 wall mirror that got a little paint and distress treatment.
I tried a new-to-me technique with this one, and if it’s new to you, I hope you’ll give it a try on something too because it’s simple, yet dramatic.
Let’s get Painting!
Before getting started, grab a roll of tape and mask off the mirror. Unless you’re not messy.
But I’m messy. 🙂
I used Martha Stewart’s vintage chalk finish craft paints, and can I just say – I’m totally hooked on this stuff? I’ve used Tilled Soil for a few projects before this one and decided it would be a good choice again.
What I really love about it is that I didn’t have to prep the frame at all. Just mask and paint!
How great is that when you’re squeezing a project in between the business of getting ready to go out-of-town?
I’ll tell you – it’s awesome!
I just love that milky chocolate color, don’t you?
Now I want a candy bar…
On to the Next Step
After the Tilled Soil was dry, I added a couple of coats of Linen, right on top.
Now you can’t see that yummy chocolatey paint anymore.
But, just wait…
Using a sanding sponge, you can go over the top layer and reveal bits of the chocolatey brown beneath!
I worked on it for a while with varying pressure, allowing some areas to be slightly distressed, and others more fully distressed.
When I was happy with how it looked, I gave it a good coat of clear wax, and my $8 thrift store wall mirror was upcycled!
The Wall Mirror Reveal
I hope you’re seeing that upcycled projects can be really simple – usually, just an update for the finish is all that you need.
No more Plain Jane for this wall mirror!