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!
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:
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.
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.