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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Aaaaaah, I love it!

  This last week I found exactly what I wanted above my bed, if you remember from a previous post I was having problems with the color of my bed and the color of the tins that I had above the bed.  It just happened that I had seen these at Anthropologie.  I love old things so of course I loved this mirror arrangement, it only cost $698!  I did not want to spend that type of money on some old mirrors, but low and behold on Studio 5 this last week, I happened to be home and saw this episode, Wow! That is what I wanted to do! Click on it if you want to watch how it was done there, or I will tell you how I did my version.
Aren't these mirrors great!

I happened into one of my favorite stores this week (Taipan)l and they  had these frames and mirrors for 50% off! I was able to get all of these for $12.00!  If you notice some of them are not mirrors but I will show you what I did with them.

I had some Strip eze in my paint shed and I took the mirrors and glass out of the frames and put the Strip eze on the back of the mirrors.  You don't have to wait very long and the paint starts to come off. I used a razor blade to take off the big majority of it. (Don't you love the surgical drapes and x-ray sponges that I used for this project?) I work in the OR and when something is not used it is thrown away, (it costs more to re sterilize it than it does to get a new one, crazy huh!) Well, I  love to bring the drapes and sponges and towels home to use for my painting projects.

I did notice depending on the quality of the mirror that some of the paint was harder to take off.

I really had to scrape on some of them to get it off.  There is another layer of paint under some of the mirrors.

I tried to find a mirror that was the size of the long skinny frame but was unable to find one and I suppose I could have gone to a glass store and have them cut one for me, but I just decided to sponge silver paint on the one side of the glass.

I then painted some crackle medium onto the bare frames, sorry I didn't get a picture of this part. After the paint was dry, I brushed on some different colors of lighter paint, since most of the frames were dark to start out with and I wanted lighter colors in my room.

I then found some scrapbook paper to put behind the mirrors and glass. Just parts of the pattern will show through so I chose some with different patterns.

I ended up cracking one of the smaller pieces of glass trying to get it back in the frame so I made a stop at one of my other favorite stores, Divine Inspiration,(DI) and found a cheap mirror for $1 that was exactly the size that I needed. I had run out of my Strip eze paint remover so I took some fine sandpaper and sanded off the paint on the back.  This was actually quite easy and seemed faster than the paint remover, but it was a cheap mirror!

After getting all of the mirrors back in the frames I made an arrangement on the floor of how I wanted them on my wall.

Here they are on my wall and I love how they turned out!!

Here is a close up so you can see the pattern of the paper peaking through the mirror.

Here is another pattern.

and another.

I am going to paint this wall an accent color and will take them down and patch the holes that I made making them fit perfectly, shhhh, don't tell Mr. Jones I made more holes in the wall!

I am wanting to paint the wall  a similar color to the front pillow.

It even made me like the color of the bed.

This room already has tons of mirrors in it but I love the way these turned out.  I might have to call my bedroom the room of mirrors!


While I was at the DI I also found this metal thing to hang the jewelry that I had everywhere. Of course it was only $1!

I probably need another one but for right now it works just fine, and I doubt I will find another like it there.
Here is some of the paint colors I'm trying to decide which will look best.
What do you think?

It was a great week!  Hope you all have a great week as well!

The DIY Show Off


Shawn said...

Great idea and when the wall is painted the accent color it is going to be fantastic!

WobiSobi said...

Wow These are so awesome. I love how they turned out!! Beautiful..

Unknown said...

As always, looks good. I am thinking of painting our bedroom a blue color like that as well! It will look very good.

Unknown said...

I saw this episode by Vintage Revivals on Studio 5 too and have thought about making some since I loved them so much. Your arrangement is beautiful!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Your mirrors came out beautifully! Love the paper peeking out! They look vintage and wonderful, what a good job.

Unknown said...

The mirrors look wonderful, I need you to come to my house and help me with a few projects, you are too good!

Maggie @ Vittles and Bits said...

This looks so cute, I love it!

Candice said...

That looks really nice! I want to try that myself. I'm here from Blue Cricket design.

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Very nice project...I love the look of an old mirror and these look so pretty!!!!

Catherine said...

Wow! I love it! I love the distressed romantic without being frilly. Found you via 733. :)

Unknown said...

I love this. THe patterned paper peaking out is so neat! As far as the pain color I like the blue in the middle on the paint chip. I think it would be fabulous!

Archaeologist said...

Love how it turned out, thanks for sharing!

Megan Gunyan said...

That is so cool! I love those mirrors--I want to try that method! I'll have to wait until it's above zero, though! I love the blue color choices, so calming and peaceful. Great job!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Great idea...Yours look sbetter than Anthro's!!

Unknown said...

I'm a brand new follower! You have a fantastic blog. I'm so glad I'm a new follower, can't wait to see what other great posts you have. I love these frames.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh these look totally amazing--and your room is exquisite!!!

Unknown said...

LOVE this! How neat.

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...


What a great idea!
And I am so going to copy you!
I have just become your latest follower!!
I'll "like" you too on Facebook!

So amazing! I love it!
Stop by and say hi!

Alison Agnew said...

They turned out great...what a chic and inexpensive idea!

Thanks for linking up to Fridays Unfolded!

Jess ( said...

What a great tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing.

April Emery said...

you are so clever to think to do that. i would have never thought of this. beautiful idea!

visiting from the Stuff and Nonsense link-up

AllieMakes! said...

LOVELY! Love the mirrors! I think the Gulf Winds swatch would be AWESOME!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

Lovely idea, the paper peeking through is a perfect touch - they look great!

P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog :)

Anonymous said...

wow great job! it looks amazing and so creative. i love that mirror at anthro, and yours looks just as good. hope you are enjoying it!

Robin said...

I'm over the moon about this technique!!!
I'll be featuring it on Wednesday's All Things Inspired! Love love love it and can't wait to try it! You're a wonder!!!

Sweet European Dreams said...

when I saw "Anthropologie" on your link, I knew I had to check it out. AWESOME job - these are really beautiful and WAY less $$$ than @ the Anthro store. Congrats! -diane

Angie Holden said...

WOW!! This is amazing!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Doesn't it make you wonder who actually pays the ridiculous retail prices of some of these wonderful items? Most of us get such satisfaction from DIY, we wouldn't buy it, even if we could afford it. Great job, Donene!

Thanks for linking to the party. And be sure to enter the giveaway, if you haven't already.

Happy Valentine's Day!
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Jen said...

You are so talented! I love this, especially at your price! Thanks for sharing at Fantastic Friday. I hope that you will join us again next week!


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