Mirror, Mirror On the Wall

Over the weekend, I hit up one of our local thrift stores (inspired by this challenge over at Young House Love) and managed to score these two beautiful pieces of ‘Thrift Store Score’ for a grand total of $14.67!

Thrift Store SCORE!

Thrift Store SCORE!

I knew right away that both pieces would be the perfect addition to Audrey’s ever-evolving room (which basically means that I change sh*t a lot). I also knew exactly what I wanted to do with them (kinda…) and got started on both projects immediately since I knew they wouldn’t take me too long to complete. Wow, apparently I ‘knew’ a lot – that’s a change.

“Mirror, Mirror, on the wall. Who’s the fairest of them all?”

Not you, my fair Thrift Store find. The mirror was a chunky wooden frame with a fancy gold inner frame – please, suppress your ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhs’. Here’s a close-up of the awe-inspiring beauty – the only thing really awe-inspiring in this picture is the PRICE:

Wood. Gold. Sweeeet.

Wood. Gold. Sweeeet.

Anyone else seen like A MILLION posts on Pinterest where people have used vaseline to get a distressed-antiquey-shabby look when painting? (And yes, I know they’re called ‘pins’, but saying ‘pins on Pinterest’ just seems weird) I wanted this type of look for the mirror, so I decided to give it a go. Enter a giant jar o’ vaseline (bow-chicka-bow-wow…I couldn’t help myself) and my new love of spray paint. Don’t worry, I’ve tempered my spray-painting excitement since my first project (I think).

Note: I took the mirror out of the frame to make painting easier.

I wasn’t too particular with my vaseline application – I just applied it with my fingers to areas where I thought normal wear-and-tear would occur, plus a few extra areas for good measure. After a coat of Krylon Primer, I applied two coats of the same Pistachio Krylon spray-paint that I used for the base of the Footstool Make-Over.

At this point, I added more vaseline to different areas because I wanted the green to show through in some areas, as well as the original wood. Fast-forward: Five coats of Rustoleum Painter’s Touch in Gloss White. After the spray-paint was dry, I just used a paper towel to wipe away all the vaseline. You’ll be able to tell where you applied it because it will appear kind of bubbly. And that’s it. Finito.

Frame Facelift

Oooooh. Aaaaahhhh.

I was so excited with how it turned out that I couldn’t wait to take a picture of it! So, I took down a picture in our kitchen to hang it up and admire it from afar…siiiggghhh. I was so tempted to just leave it hanging there in all its freshly painted glory. I (eventually) put the mirror back into the frame, and hung it in its permanent place of honour.



Sorry for the crummy quality of this last pic, I took it with my phone earlier today. I would go rush and take a picture with my camera to upload right now for you all to see, but my kid is sleeping. Don’t ever wake a sleeping baby. Ever. Even when you’re tempted to take a better picture for your blog. Hmph.


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