I have been very inspired by the shabby chic trend after discovering Pinterest last year. I just love the idea of taking something old or vintage and sprucing it up to give it a new life. When I was at a local flea market last weekend, I could not resist buying a vintage gold mirror. It was only $15 which is pretty much a steal for a decent sized mirror. I have been hunting for a somewhat ornate and cheap mirror for a while, so I was thrilled to find this one:
This is not a great picture, because it was taken while the mirror was still in my trunk. But can't you just see the potential?
Naturally, I wanted to give this mirror a shabby chic makeover. I have been inspired by many of the ornate mirrors that I have seen on Pinterest such as this gorgeous one:
So, I went to Walmart, and I purchased a bottle of Apple Barrel gloss craft paint in Deep Purple for about $3. The painting process was definitely a long one! It took about 30mins for each coat to dry, and I ended up having to apply at least 5 coats to cover up the gold. At first, I thought I had ruined the mirror, because the paint was just going on in streaks—it was barley covering the gold. But, the more coats I applied; the better it began to look. The details took the longest to cover, but it was worth all of the effort. I just love the finished product:
I recently got engaged, and I will be moving into an apartment with my fiancé very soon. I cannot wait to make this mirror a centerpiece in our bedroom! This project was definitely worth my $18.
Thanks for reading! Here are some links to things I discussed throughout this blog:
1. Blue ornate mirror featured from Pinterest: Celebrating Everyday Life
2. Follow me on my Pinterest: OwlEnthusiast