Hello lovelies!! I’m so glad ya’ll enjoyed seeing the unveiling of my brand new Summer 2021 Haul of treasures! I have a lot in this one too! I haven’t counted them, but maybe even more than the last if that’s possible!
I’m starting this haul of makeovers off with a piece that was the perfect Trash-to-Treasure candidate, this mirror harp I paid a whole dollar for:
On the final day of treasure hunting for this haul, I came upon a barn sale at the end of a dirt road that had loads of furniture pieces and parts, and this mirror harp was one of the several things I picked up. And for only a dollar…yes, please! Had I not had three pallets of tile supplies in our garage for the kitchen tile install next week, I surely would have come home with more from that sale!
This is the piece that sits atop a dresser or dressing table and holds a mirror that swivels up and down. As soon as I spied it against a pile of what really looked like garbage, I knew what I could do with it.
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**Be on the lookout for my friends’ trash-to-treasure makeovers at the bottom of this post! **
a good cleaning
I started this makeover with a good cleaning since this piece was pretty dirty. I mixed up a tiny batch of White Lightning to clean it.
I used a TBSP scooper ( I include one with each White Lightning purchase) to measure. The instructions say to mix two TBSP with a gallon of warm water, but I rarely need that much. I usually mix one TBSP with a half gallon of warm water for furniture pieces, but for this I halved that, so half a TBSP mixed with a quart of warm water…using my tub that is already marked to help with the measuring!
Then, wearing gloves, I cleaned the harp with a sponge. I changed out my water for clean water and gave it another wipe down to rinse.
Turning this mirror harp into a shelf
I knew that if I flipped the harp upside-down, it would make for a fantastic base for a shelf.
I had a piece of primed wood in the garage in my scraps stash that I cut to the length I wanted, just a couple of inches longer than the harp on either side:
I attached the top to the harp by first marking where I wanted to attach the top. Then, I drilled a very shallow hole that was just a hair larger than the heads of the screws I planned to use:
Then I laid the shelf against the harp and pre-drilled holes just a tad smaller than the screws to prevent splitting and to make it easier to drive the screws in.
I attached the top with wood screws:
They countersunk just slightly thanks to the first shallow holes I drilled. I filled in the holes on top with White Dixie Mud:
It does a fantastic job. The key is to overfill and then giving it ample dry time before sanding. I usually use brown Dixie Mud for all my projects, but if you’re painting over it anyway, it doesn’t really matter.
It is really user friendly! You just mix equal parts of the two bottles included in the kit, and then pour it into your mould right away:
It takes about 15 minutes or so to solidify, and then you can pull it right out of the mold. It will be warm and pliable at first, but will harden quickly. To soften again to fit around curved areas, place it on a paper towel in the microwave for about 15 seconds.
I made a few and added them using wood glue…
The center flower mould came from this pack of moulds.
It makes a lovely, soft gray!
I gave it two coats and then painted the decorative pieces with a small brush using Cotton.
I sanded lightly all over using 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge.
For hanging, I added D-ring hardware to the back, and this simple trash-to-treasure project was complete!
Not too shabby for a $1 harp, eh?
It could almost pass for a mini mantle and would be fun to decorate for the holidays!
This wall is in my office and it is stone veneer. You can see more on it HERE.
I love the little bit of embellishment…
I hope you enjoyed seeing what this piece that would probably have been headed for the trash could become!
My talented girls still have four more fun makeovers for you today!
See all my Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday makeovers in one place HERE!
And that is piece number one done!!
I’ll be back on Thursday with this set of lamps I found at the same barn sale!
UPDATE: These lamps are done and look so much more sophisticated now! See them HERE!
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