Two years ago, I started my blog as a way to document DIY projects that my husband and I were doing in our 1968 home.
Being a stay-at-home mom, our budget is limited, so I have learned to decorate my home with very little money. I’ve learned quickly that things do not have to be expensive to be beautiful!
For example, I scored this beautiful antique vanity mirror (laying on my kitchen table) at Goodwill for only $7.50!
It was a beautiful solid wood and boy was it heavy!!
I have a certain painting technique that I use on all my furniture pieces, but this time I wanted to try something a little different.
This mirror was going to be used in my guest house, and I have been wanted to add a little bit of the color blue in the sitting area.
So I decided to give Miss Mustard Seed’s painting technique a try. However, I used Valspar products instead because I have a Lowe’s close to my home.
I had them tint sample containers in Sherwin Williams Georgian Revival Blue and Behr’s Light French Gray.
Then I had them tint the glaze in Valspar’s Journey (6010-1). (Miss Mustard Seed tints her glaze with Behr’s Expresso Beans, but Lowe’s couldn’t match that one.)
After taping the mirror, I lightly sanded the wood with a sanding sponge. Next, I painted one coat of blue with a regular paintbrush.
(I left the lightsaber swords on the table for a touch of reality.) :)
And yes, I am painting in my kitchen. It’s been too cold lately to paint anywhere else.
After that dried, I painted a layer of french gray over the blue using a dry brush technique. (Not much paint on the brush.)
When that coat was dry, I used my sanding sponge to sand all the high parts of the wood.
Lastly, I brushed a layer of the tinted glaze on top making sure in got in all the groves and crevices. I coated the whole mirror with the glaze and then used a paper towel to wipe it off.
I used my Silhouette machine to add a famous quote by Henry Van Dyke with their Premium Frosted Vinyl.
It wasn’t easy adding the vinyl letters to the mirror, but I did my best. :)
I worked on this project until almost two o’clock in the morning, (for my guest post at Tatertots and Jello) and well, let’s just say, I was looking a little something like this…
Oh yeah…I felt exactly the way I looked in that picture!
The next day, it was time to take the mirror to the guest house.
Here it is!…
I really do love the way it turned out.
The quote reads:
Time is too slow for those who wait,
too swift for those who fear,
too long for those who grieve,
too short for those who rejoice,
but for those who love,
time is eternity.
The burlap covered chair in the picture below is also a Goodwill find. I got it for $6.50, and you can read about that makeover HERE.
A touch of spring makes everything look beautiful…
If you would like to take a tour of the rest of my guest house, click HERE.
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