Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Coo-Coo's NEST???

OR Coo-Coo-COOL!!?? Help me decide!

I had this dark wood mirror in my garage and it was seriously in need of a makeover. A bit boring and blah for me...nothin' a little paint couldn't fix. My little helper and I got right to work to fancy this bad-boy up!

I had a vision for this mirror, and my vision was stripes. BUT, I totally went about this the WRONG way and it was quite a frustrating project. For some reason, I figured I would just paint one color stripe first, wait for it to dry, and then paint the other color stripe. Umm. NO. Lesson learned. Next time, I will spray paint the whole thing the base color first, and then add the stripes after. DUH. (I painted the white stripes first with a brush, and then after 2 days of drying, I taped over them so I could spray the remaining stripes gold. Unfortunately, after I taped it off and sprayed the gold, my painters tape pulled up all the white paint I had already painted. BUMMER).
I carefully went back over the white with a brush, and touched up the areas that the tape pulled up. I think it turned out ok in the end. Thoughts??
This mirror now lives in no-man's land aka my bedroom, so not that many people will even see it. But, like anything in my home, I wanted it to be pretty!
The up-close shot is a little bit unforgiving, but I still think I like it.
This mirror is 2 parts shabby and one part chic (hopefully enough chic to keep you reading this blog - ha ha).


  1. ok, honestly, i like it. i think it looks really cool. but here is a thought- you could glaze it and make it not so stark with the white and gold. i think that might make you feel better? just a light glaze- nothing too dark, like maybe just minwax golden oak?
    and your little helper in the mirror is adorable! :)

  2. I really love it. I would've never thought to stripe a patterned mirror. Great vision and you totally pulled it off, despite the paint peeling off.

  3. That is totally not what I thought you were going to do with that mirror! But I think it's definitely chic! And I'm sorry you had to learn your how-to-paint-stripes lesson the hard way :(

  4. Love!!!!!! Awesome job! I have a similar mirror, but it's leather. It needs a makeover. Hmmmmm.

  5. I really love it! I thought it was chartreuse when I first saw the picture...but even knowing it's gold I still love it. And I think what Cassie said about the glaze is a great idea if you aren't sure. I would never have thought to do stripes, awesome job!

  6. stripes can be a pain! i usually have to just paint over them because I'm not very patient, but yours turned out great! I love the gold and white!!

  7. it is VERY important For your room to feel pretty! It looks Great : )


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