Awesome friends, I’m so happy you stopped by today! It’s Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday and my friends and I have five trashy makeovers in all to share with you! Be on the lookout for their makeovers at the bottom!
My project piece for today is this oak mirror that I scored for only $5 at a barn sale a couple of months back:
The lady who was having the sale had lots of misfit parts, including table legs, lonely mirrors like this one here, and even this mirror harp that cost me a whole dollar! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I could have spent an hour looking through all that she was trying to purge!
I started by removing the mirror from the harp. It got a good cleaning with White Lightning, and then I gave it a coat of white BOSS just to prevent any possible issues with bleed-through. Sometimes, antique oak can cause bleed through issues.
I had originally started to paint this white and gave it a coat of Cotton:
Then I decided to switch gears and go with Vintage Duck Egg Blue instead.
I painted both the mirror harp and a piece of primed 1×6 in the Vintage Duck Egg.
Can you see where this is going??
It’s going to be a shelf! (I’ve made a lot of shelves lately!!)
To attach the new shelf (the 1×6). I drilled a shallow hole a bit wider than my wood screws:
Then I swapped out my drill bit for a smaller bit to drill a pilot hole for the screw. That makes it easier to drive the screw in and prevents the wood from splitting.
I then drilled the screw in place:
Once I had attached the new shelf on either side, I filled the hole with white Dixie Mud:
I brought my shelf inside the house to allow it to completely dry overnight since rain prolongs dry time, and this is what was going on outside while I was working!
The next morning, I sanded the Mud smooth with 220 grit sandpaper and hit the whole shelf while I was at it, getting the raised parts a bit harder. I touched up the paint where I had filled the holes and painted the back, and it was ready to be sealed!
Seal and Protect
Then I buffed it off with a clean, soft cloth.
D-ring hanging hardware was added to the back and this shelf was complete!
But wait! I actually redid the mirror this time too!!
Look what I found when I started to remove the backing:
Cool, no? I thought it might be super old, but it was from 1980…still over 40 years old!
How about this headline:
And check out those mortgage rates! Wha??
I decided to ditch the mirror that was in it. It was super heavy and quite discolored in places as well, so I replaced with a chalkboard that I made from hardboard that I purchased at the Home Depot.
I just traced around the mirror and cut along the lines with my Ryobi Jigsaw:
Check out more details on how I make my chalkboards HERE.
Ready to get to the after of this project??
Here is how this abandoned oak mirror looks now!
Now it makes a sweet set that can totally stand on its own without the need of a dresser!
Those gorgeous details on older pieces get me every time…
And I like the white peeking through!
How about that pretty detail I added to the top of the chalkbaord? Adding that piece to the top of the frame gave it a pretty decorative detail of its own:
You can see how truly simple they are to make HERE.
I attached it to the mirror using E6000 glue.
Don’t forget to see what my friends are sharing today as well!
I hope you enjoyed this makeover! It’s the fourth shelf I’ve created from this haul ha ha! Hey…they’re functional!
See any you might have missed at the links below:
How to Paint Nicotine Stained Furniture (Trestle Table)
We’re taking Jack back to college next weekend, and he has an apartment this time, so we have some shopping to do and precious moments to enjoy before then. With that, I will be taking a short break from creating new content. However, you can’t get rid of me that easily! I’ll still be showing up in your inbox with awesome thrifty makeovers I’ll be pulling from the archives, so stay tuned for some makeovers you might not have seen before! 🙂
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