Friday, October 23, 2009

Mirror, mirror on the wall (before and after)

A few weeks ago I shared this mirror I found at a garage sale for $5.



What I like about it is that it's an antique...meaning it's heavy duty with a real wood backing. This sucker probably weights at least 20 lbs.

However, I don't really need another plain old mirror. I wanted to jazz it up a bit.

I started with this F that I printed out from my computer. F being the first letter of my last name, though I guess it can stand for anything really, like friend, fabulous, freak... Then I cut it out with an X-acto knife.



I used a combination of redline and painter's tape to make frames around the monogram. I would have liked to have done something a little fancier, but I wanted this to be as quick and painless as possible, so straight lines it was.



After a few coats of Valspar Frosting spray, this is what I got.



Who knew it would be so difficult taking a picture of a mirror? The middle square is slightly tilted. Which really irritates me because I measured and measured again before spraying. Eh...I'm still fairly pleased with how it came out.

But since it's so heavy, hubs had to hang it with some sort of special toggle bolt. And he said he's not moving this thing EVER. So I guess it's here to stay. ha!

26 comments:

Aimee "Roo" said...

That looks great!

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Great idea and it turned out wonderful! We still need to get together sometime. Let me know if you want to have lunch one weekend with Jennifer. She has a little one so we need to plan a little in advance but I would love to see ya.

jenie said...

that's really good ;)well, hope you can visit soon too...


heartQUAKES
life 'round meNyou
earthy me
at a blink

Ally0005 said...

What a cute idea!!!!

Chrissie Grace said...

I love this! I want to try it!

Shannon said...

Very pretty! I love that. It looks like an old hotel lobby mirror. Great job!!

Sunny said...

Looks good! I love the font you used - Your F is pretty!

Candy Allen said...

This turned out awesome GariAnn, and I...OH...NO! You've been BOO'D and the JUNK SOPHISTICATOR is on the loose! Visit my blog to see what's next...

Dina said...

You are so creative. I love it!

Carrie said...

o it looks so good!

Great job

Kelli said...

Cute!

Lucky in Love said...

What a fabulous way to recreate that mirror! Love it :)

Debilou~Mississippi Mama said...

Oh i love this,, that spray is much better to work with than etching cream with pretty much the same result..

A Little Of A Lot said...

Love it

Ruth Ann said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! I've always wanted to try this, but never have! Have a fabulous weekend!

jenjen said...

Pretty! What a great project!

XOOX
Jen

Reid said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! I'm a sucker for a monogram and love this idea!!!

Kimmy @ my beautifully blessed life said...

Great idea!!! Monograms are my favorite and I have a mirror this would be perfect on!! Thanks for sharing!!

Astrid said...

I really love how that turned out!

Angie said...

This turned out great! Love the size and font you used.

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Wow! Girl, way too cool!! What a way to jazz up a mirror. I never would have thought of that.

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

love it! what a thrifty fix up!
gail

kiakai/Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

The mirror turned out awsome! What a great idea! I love fixing up mirrors. I noticed you're vegetarian and an animal lover. I love the little gadgets along the side of your blog. Do you mind if I put them on mine too? I also have an animal blog. Nobody ever goes there though. I've only posted a couple of times. You can click my puppy pic to see it if you'd like. I can't wait to start volunteering at our local animal adoption shelter. Thank you for helping and caring about animals.
Kelly :)

Janean said...

what a great idea and job!!! sometimes we don't mirrors to just be...well...mirrors. wonderful solution.

nowealthbutlife said...

That is great! I love seeing what others do with garage sale finds & this is especially creative.

Beach Vintage said...

Love this. I think it looks really great. The "F" could stand for more than your name - like FABULOUS!