Thrifting is a love of mine. When I was little my parents would take us antiquing, and to keep us from complaining the whole time they gave us each something to collect. I collected makeup compacts and searching out for a design or brand I had never seen was something I looked forward to. In high school and college I scoured antique and thrift stores for dresses, necklaces and any stand-out pieces I could find. Now that I have a home of my own, I love filling it with items that could use a second life. The hunt, finding one-of-a-kind things, making up their past life scenarios in my head, the savings: all things that draw me to second hand.
I picked up this mirror at our local Red Racks for $2. The on-trend aztec stuck out to me immediately. I knew a coat of paint could freshen it up and make it work in our home.
Yeah, those southwestern colors are a little too literal for my taste. The spray paint is from Michael’s. I have heard about this brand from two lovely bloggers (Whitney and Jenny) in the last week, and I was excited to hear they both had great results. The color choices are really nice, but I’ve always been leery to try it, as it seems geared toward florists.
I drew the color out of a picture we have hanging in our entry and the pillows in the living room, since the wall sits right in between them.
I’ve spray painted a few mirrors in my day, and I think I’ve finally found the trick. If you tape too close to the frame, you often end up with areas that don’t get any coverage on them. I like to leave about a 1/4″ on each side of the mirror exposed. This makes taping much faster and it ensures that every bit of the frame gets covered. You can quickly run a blade down the sides of the mirror once it is dry to remove the excess paint and you’re not stuck having to re-tape and paint because some of the frame didn’t get any coverage.
I am really happy with the color and the shape of the mirror in this space. For $2 and some spray paint, it will be no big deal when I’m so over aztec or feel the need for a fresh color.
Have you had any great finds lately? What have you done to make them your own?
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