P.S. for those of you who use special techniques and like things done "just so", you probably ought to look away now. I pretty much made everything up as I went along. I'm no pro... but it looks dang good.
Here are the before shots :
They were nasty/ boring. Here are the deets on the mirror:
I really haven't been in love with my decor lately, mostly because it's either black or beige. That mirror is one of the first things I bought for my house, and I love it... just not the color. I've been working on brightening up my colors and decided to paint it white. I considered antiquing it, but after it was painted it was perfect.
Step One : I simply covered the mirror with paper and masking tape, and primed.
As you can see, I already primed it... sort of. I found this really pretty white paint in my parents garage and decided to just slap it on and see if it could look antique-y. It basically looked like crap. I was feeling pretty distraught, and then it hit me to just leave it a solid white. Which brings me to Step Two.
Step Two: Spray painting
There were a lot of spots where the paint brush couldn't get, so I hustled over to Home Depot, and grabbed me a can of Krylon. I really love this brand because it covers well, and dries super fast. (As pretty much everything does in the blazes of Arizona.)
Krylon Fusion in white
All spray painted! Grand Finale coming up!
Alright, on to the next. The table. I found her at the Antique Marketplace in Chandler, which is a dream and I could spend days in there if not for the smell of old people. Anyway, I decided I wanted her to be light gray with some fun antique-y accents. Whoever had it before must have been a freak. There was literally like 8 coats of paint on it, some glaze, and another coat of paint for good measure. Then, the took a bronze paint pen and colored in the fun edges and corners. So, I enlisted the help of my husband to sand... and sand he did!
It took about an hour to get to that point, and I was getting impatient. Then LIGHTBULB! I did a test spot and painted a corner gray. I sanded over that and got this result :
I was so excited with the way it looked! The gray just lightly dusted the white paint and I'm in love with the way it looks like it's peeling away from the wood. DREAM! So we spray painted the rest of it with Krylon Fusion in River Rock, and let it dry over night just to be safe.
Then we sanded off the rest and she was PERFECT! The second sanding process didn't take long at all. The gray paint came off very easily so I was able to be creative and pick the spots I wanted sanded off. Seriously, so cute.
And this is how both look in my bedroom! I think it looks AMAZING!
(Do you love how you can see me taking the pic in with my iPhone?! I can't find my digital camera or else the pics would be a million times better.)
Mirror : Spray Paint - about $5, mirror - free since I already had it, but roughly $25 when I bought it
Total Cost : About $5 since I already had the mirror, otherwise around $30, depending on where you find your piece.
Table : Table - $39 at Antique Marketplace, Spray paint $5, knobs - about $6 on sale at Anthropologie
Total Cost : About $50
Table Decor : Coke-A-Cola bottle - about $2 (originally part of my lunch, Mexican Coke is the best FYI), White vase - $1 at thrift store, decorative bowl - $14 on sale at Anthropologie
Total Cost: $17
Not too shabby, eh? I'm obsessed. Start sending in your CRAFTLCICOUS ideas and get featured!