Mirror mirror

After spray painting my rusty lantern, I moved on to another spray painting project in my continued attempt to clean out my garage. I got this metal framed mirror/shelf a few months ago at a garage sale for $2. 

Obviously someone tried to paint it in the past, but used a paintbrush so there were brush strokes all over it. 

I decided to keep it white for now so it can go in any room. I used a Rustoleum white semi-gloss spray paint. (A word to the wise, you may think you’re saving money with the dollar cans of spray paint, but unless you’re painting something the same color, you’ll need multiple cans to get any coverage at all. With the $3 or $4 spray paint you’ll get better coverage, less dripping, and you may be able to do a few small  projects.)

First I cut out some notecards in the shape of the mirror and slid them in between the metal frame and the mirror to protect it from the paint. Then I covered the middle with newspaper and tape.

Once the mirror was protected, I sprayed it in 3 thin coats, allowing it to dry completely between each coat. The key with spray paint is keeping each coat really thin so you don’t get drips or pooling. After leaving it in the garage to dry completely for a couple of days, I brought it inside. Here is the finished product!

I love how clean and bright it looks now. I’m still not sure where I want to put it, but with the shelf I thought it could either go by the door to the garage for keys and things or in my closet to hold miscellaneous accessories. The total cost of this project was $2 for the mirror and maybe another $2 or $3 for the spray paint (I still have quite a bit left in the can).  Not bad for under $5! And it’s one less thing in my overstuffed garage!

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4 Responses to Mirror mirror

  1. ashleigh dean June 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    That is adorable!! I love the flowers on the little shelf. Oh, and the tips on spray painting are RIGHT ON. In my living room we have a collage of frames that we spray painted white. I bought the cheap stuff and some of them were really difficult to get the paint to stay on and look right.

    • Simple House Expressions June 19, 2012 at 12:17 am #

      Thanks, Ashleigh! I love them, too. Guess who put that bouquet together? That’s right, my amazingly talented husband. 🙂

      I learned that from experience, too. I was spray painting a lamp and after using two whole cans of white paint I bought Krylon and covered with just a few coats. Oops! Won’t do that again!

      -Arielle

  2. PAM September 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    HI, I SAW ON YOUR BLOG THAT YOU PAINTED WITH CHALK PAINT, AND USED SOME DARK WAX BY ANNIE SLOAN. I AM TRYING TO FIND SOME WAX OTHER THEN HER’S , CAN’T BRING MYSELF TO PAY THAT FOR WAX. DID YOU EVERY FIND ANY OR MAKE ANY YOURSELF? I WAS THINKING ABOUT GETTING JOHNSON PASTE WAX AND ADDING A STAIN TO IT, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

    THANKS FOR YOU TIME
    PAM

    • Simple House Expressions September 14, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      Hi Pam! I never could find a different dark wax, so I just bought hers. Have to say, though, while I loved the result, it was a pain to use! I just recently bought SC Johnson Paste Wax (could only find it at Home Depot in the cleaning supplies section, not paint section) and I really like it! It’s cheap at around $7, and it buffs to a very smooth finish. I definitely think it’s soft enough that you could mix in a bit of stain to make your own dark wax (unlike Minwax). I would definitely try that method first, especially since the AS dark wax isn’t particularly easy to work with! I’ve also heard good things about using a dark shoe polish, but I’ve never tried that method myself. Good luck and happy waxing!

      -Arielle