Hello lovelies, and welcome back!! I’ve got a fun mirrored wall shelf to share with you today!
This mass-produced piece was $6.50 at the thrift store:
I knew it could be so cute, even with just a new paint job, but I did a little bit more than that to it.
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I noticed on closer inspection that it had these velvetish disks covering over the screw holes:
That is a sure sign of quality right there!
I removed those disks and filled the areas with Dixie Mud instead:
After letting it dry for several hours, I sanded the area smooth with 220 grit sandpaper.
I had sanded this piece a bit all over because I had planned to use Silk mineral paint which needs a little something to grip onto, but I ended up going with Chalk Mineral Paint instead.
You can also see in that photo above that I removed the mirror to paint:
Then I vacuumed up any dust and cleaned all over with White Lightning, avoiding the areas where I added the Mud since it is water soluble. Normally, I would clean first, but I was so darned excited to fill those holes!
BOSS for bleed through
Because I had sanded down below the original finish where I filled with the Mud, I decided to run out to the garage the night before I planned to paint and add a coat of BOSS just in case to prevent any possible bleed through. (That is where the reddish tannins bleed through your paint, resulting in random pink splotches.)
BOSS works best if you allow it to dry overnight, and I usually only need one coat.
This is a newer piece, so had I not sanded, there would be little risk of bleed through.
Finally, the fun part!
I’m always excited when I can get to painting!
For the plans I had for this piece, I wanted a white background, but I went with Fluff this time instead:
I love Fluff, but I have been using Cotton a lot more lately. Cotton is a bright white, while Fluff is more of what I like to describe as “Vintage White”.
I used it on our bedroom furniture HERE.
What I love most about it is that it usually covers in just two coats, while Cotton takes three coats.
I also flipped it over and painted the back, including the groove that will be reflected in the mirror where the mirror sits:
Once the second coat was dry, I sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth everything out and distress ever so slightly.
Add the mirror back
I decided to add the mirror back before getting to the next step.
I’m only showing this part to share that since the backing was ugly before, I used matte Mod Podge to added this cute patterned Kraft paper to that back panel before adding it back to the mirror:
It just makes the back look nicer!
This backing was stapled in place previously, so I used my staple gun to secure it the same way.
Adding a Transfer
Then, I pulled out the sheet I had left of this Blossom Flight transfer:
I wanted to put the mirror back in place so that I could take the transfer right onto the mirror…
To cut the transfer nice and even to fit in the corner, I enlisted the help of my rotary cutter set:
I first discovered this set when I was a quilter WAY back when. This rotary cutter can actually cut though several layers of fabric! It made light work of cutting all those quilting squares, but I use it ALL the time still for paper, transfers, etc!
I continued adding pieces here and there.
To fit the narrow space I had to work with, I had to get creative with how I cut the pattern apart…
Once I was happy with the transfer placement (It’s so easy to keep going and going!), I sealed with Clear Coat in Satin using my mini brush this time to get into those inside corners more easily than the blue sponge would allow:
This mirrored wall shelf has a totally different look now!
I wasn’t sure how the transfer would do on the mirror, but I like it!
It will need to be cleaned with care, but if the mirror portion ever gets messed up, the transfer can always be scraped away from the mirror with a razor blade, so the pattern is just on the frame.
This would be great in an entry for leashes, keys, and to give yourself one last mirror check to make sure that cupcake you swallowed whole while your kids weren’t looking didn’t leave any frosting on the side of your face.
I swapped out the original wooden pegs for these glass knobs that came off of another piece:
Pin it to save for later!
That is another one done woo hoo!!
See any of these projects I’ve completed so far at the links below:
Rolling Buffet Makeover
Painted Antique Side Table
Pretty in Blue Box Makeover
A Great way to Repurpose a Chair
Painting the Smalls #20 (Six mini makeovers!)
White Painted Desk with Transfer
In shop news, Dixie Belle has a released several brand new decoupage papers, and they are all available in my Etsy Shop now! They are all each one large sheet measuring 23″ X 33″.
Ancient Marrakesh/Woodland Nursery
Lovely Sonnet/Late Aurora
Blooming Iris/Sunflower Sunset
I had originally planned to replace the mirror on today’s makeover with one of these pretty scenes, but mirrors sell so well that I hated to ditch the mirror. I hope to get to use these on something soon!
Dixie Belle has also released a product called Dixie Shine. It is applied with Stick with Me glue and burnished to your surface much like a transfer to give your piece a gold leaf effect without the mess of traditional gold leafing.
It comes in Gold, Silver, and Copper, and I can’t wait to play with it!
Dixie Shine/Stick with Me glue
Today’s makeover was a fun one and ended up in a different place than I originally planned, but that is how makeovers go sometimes!
I hope you enjoyed it!
I’ll be back on Thursday with a piece that I brought home from my booth to revive. Here is how it started:
UPDATE: See makeover #2 for this piece HERE now!
See ya then!
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Mary Kaiser says
Oh my, I LOVE this piece so much! WOW!! It is so beautiful. I love the design going onto the mirror! What a beauty that turned out to be!
I’m so glad you like it, Mary! Thank you! I’m glad I switched directions on this one! XOXO
D. Moore says
What a lovely piece. Your talent knows no bounds. I love your creative endeavors. I look forward to each of your emails in my inbox. Thank you for sharing your creative insight with us.
Aww thank you! I appreciate that SO much!! XOXO
Jackie C says
I am in ❤️ LOVE ❤️ with this piece! I bet it flies out of your booth! One of my favorite transfers. Love the way you ran it onto the mirror. It’s beautiful Christy.
Yay! Thank you, Jackie! I hope it sells quickly!! XOXO
That is SO cute! Wow. What a difference!
Thank you so much, Cyndi! XOXO
Karen Moore says
This is so cute. Love the transfer!
Thank you, Karen! XOXO
Abbe Kemack says
Thanks so much, Abbe! XOXO
And boom! Just like that the ugly duckling becomes a beautiful swan. Love the transformation turned out on this piece! It was so ugly and dark. Amazing!
Thank you so much, Cecilia! I love to paint away that dark and masculine look lol! XOXO
Janice Holt says
So many people put too much of the transfers on a piece but not you. This is just the right amount and the vines look so pretty going onto the mirror. Good idea and great job as usual.
Aww thank you, Janice! It is hard to stop lol…I just want to keep adding and adding ha ha! Have a great day! XOXO
Denise Cox says
It’s absolutely lovely and sure to sell in a jiffy! If I lived close by, I’d pick it up in a heartbeat!
Aww thank you, Denise! I hope so! XOXO
I Love It
Thank you, Gin! XOXO
Oh how fun! I love when you use a transfer like that. You are so creative – and inspirational.
Please try the Dixie Shine on something soon. Shiny! 🙂
Thank you, Sheila! I appreciate that so much! I will…can’t wait to use it! XOXO
Georgia Perkins says
Awe, Christy, I hope you know how talented you are. I long for the vision that artists like you have. My mom had vision, my sister has it, my brother is an artist, but I do good just to get a piece painted. I was born late in life (surprise!) and I always joke that God poured out all that talent on others in my family thinking He was done and then oops!, let Me scramble to see what I can do for this little surprise package. I say all this just to say, you are blessed to be able to create and reap the satisfaction of a beautiful finished product. I have the desire, just not the vision. I am superbly blessed, I just admire your particular abilities and talents. Have a blessed and creative day!
Aww your kind words mean so much, Georgia, thank you! And you were blessed with a kind heart for sure! XOXO
Cheryl Atkinson says
Hi Christy! Love the transfer on this shelf. Looks so much better!
Thanks so much, Cheryl! Have a great day! XOXO
Love the white, the knobs, the birds, the branches! So Spring-y!
Truly one of your prettiest transformations! 🤍🤍
Thank you, Peggy! Maybe I’m secretly wishing for Spring ha ha! XOXO
Ellen James says
This is outstanding! I love how you reimagine these pieces!
Thank you so much, Ellen!! XOXO
I don’t know how you do it, but this is another success! Cute, cute piece!
Aww thank you!! XOXO
Jen Hamill says
That is just gorgeous.
At first I thought, yeah that’s not gonna work.
But, WOW, that turned out amazingly!
Thanks for all your brilliant ideas.
Ha ha I think that at the start of a project sometimes too! Thanks, Jen! XOXO
Marcie Lovett says
Hard to believe it’s the same mirror, Christy! So bright and beautiful now, I bet someone snaps it up quickly.
Thanks, Marcie! I hope so! XOXO
Denise Zdziennicki says
This is BETTER than much better! Day and night transformation. I love what that transfer added! XOXO
Thank you so much, my friend! And I got to finish up a transfer…the best ha ha! I have so many half-used ones lol. Have a great week! XOXO
Wowza! Its absolutely beautiful now, Christy. Wonderful transformation to this piece that badly needed a makeover! As other said too, I’m sure that will fly out of the booth! Thanks for inspiring us once again!
Thank you, Mary!! I hope so! Have a great week! XOXO
Carroll Xavier says
Love it! Amazing what a makeover can accomplish on a very blah piece 🙂 Especially love your use of the transfer…it’ll look fab in your booth and I’m sure it’ll sell fast!
Thank you so much, Carroll! Yes…paint and transfers can work miracles lol! XOXO
What a perfect transformation, especially suited (like you suggested) for the last sneak peek before leaving the home. A pretty small trinket dish to hold a last minute lipstick, too.
Thanks, Robin! Absolutely! XOXO
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
That is so pretty, I mean, I can’t even! lol SO much better! 🙂 xoxo
Aww thank you, my beautiful friend! XOXO
Just when I think your things can’t get any more beautiful you post this! I love it so much! And I’m buying that transfer!!!
Aww yay!! I appreciate that so much, Connie! This is such a gorgeous transfer to play with!! XOXO
Debra Hubbs says
And she did it again lol. Beautiful, perfect, love it so much!
Aww thank you so much, my friend! XOXO
Michele M. says
OH. MY. GOSH! That is a fabulous re-do!~ WOW WOW WOW! I absolutely love it. You are so talented it makes my head spin! Well done, Christy!!
You are the sweetest always, Michele! Thank you so much!! XOXO
This piece couldn’t have turned out any more perfect.
I am in love with every aspect. That transfer is to die for! ❤️ Well done you!
I’m so thrilled you love it, Virginia! Thank you so much! XOXO
Rose Lefebvre says
Thank you, Rose! XOXO
Just awesome! I love it. I can’t imagine being able to do anything like this with something I have being but I wish it did. Lovely.
Aww thank you, Josee! XOXO