Hello amazing friends! How are ya’ll hanging in there so far? We are trying to stay low around here. We just learned yesterday that Virginia schools will be out for the remainder of the year. That’s tough for my senior. Hoping they will consider a late graduation ceremony at least when this is all behind us. As for my fourth grader, he could not be more thrilled!
Before we get to today’s project, I wanted to announce the winners of my Craft Junk Giveaway. Congratulations to Jill and Karen! They have been notified and their boxes are on the way! I’m going to do another Dixie Belle Giveaway really soon, so if you didn’t win this time, look for that some time in April! Also, my Etsy shop is still open if you need any Dixie Belle supplies. As always, get free shipping on all orders over $50 with the code FREESHIP50!
Let’s get to today’s project!
I’m almost at the end of my Winter Thrift Store Haul, and today I’m sharing what I did with this huge mirror I picked up at the thrift store:
AND I have a super easy method of cheating a distressed look that I’m sharing as well!
I picked up this mirror while thrifting with my sister. It was $34.95 originally, but she got a military discount so we got it for $28. The finish is not my taste at all, but I loved all those details!
And then on the day I was photographing my Winter Haul, it was super windy and this mirror was blown over. Luckily, the mirror did not break, but the frame cracked:
Bummer! I wasn’t looking forward to fixing it, but it didn’t end up being too bad at all. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I removed the mirror and used E6000 glue to fix the frame. I also screwed a metal strip the back of the frame for extra strength.
Then I used Dixie Belle’s Mud in brown to fill in the crack:
When it was dry, I gave it a light sanding. Then I painted the frame in two coats of Dixie Belle’s Cotton:
As you can see I used a round brush to paint in those details. This is a Zibra brush, but any round brush will do. It just makes painting those details much easier. I used it on the straight areas of this frame as well.
I also turned it over and painted the back all around the inside edge of the frame so the mirror would reflect white instead of the original brown.
Looking better already!
How to Cheat to get a fantastic distressed finish!
When I tested a small area with sandpaper to see how this mirror would distress, I was getting a light tan/white color when I sanded. I was hoping the original dark brown would show through. That is usually the case for wood pieces, but not with pieces like this mirror.
So, instead of sanding, I dug out this block to give it a try. I just poured a little paint onto my block and then wiped most of it back off on the lip of the jar:
Then I hit the raised areas on my mirror:
I ran it along all the edges and anywhere I might see distressing if I were to sand, reapplying paint to my block as needed.
The effect is exactly what I wanted and it was so easy to do!
When I got the look I wanted, I waited for the paint to dry and then gave it a coat of Rustoleum clear spray to seal.
I love the Shabby Chic finished look of this mirror!
I don’t even remember the last time I used my distressing block it’s been so long, but I’m so glad I found it!
If you get an area that is too thick or that you just don’t like while using the block, you can just take a cloth with water on it and rub it away…just as long as you do it right away.
My sister thought this mirror was too much, but I knew it had potential. $28 is a steal for this beautiful mirror now!
When I stopped by my booth a few weeks ago, I had a customer ask me if I paint anything just white. I immediately thought of course I do! But actually, I haven’t in a while. When I do, it always sells quickly though so I guess I need to do a few more plain white pieces. They are usually my favorite!
I only have TWO more pieces left in my Winter haul! I didn’t quite make the Spring deadline, but I’m close!
If you missed any of these makeovers so far, you can see them below!
All that’s left is a tray and a desk! I’ll be back with my Furniture Fixer upper friends and this desk on Thursday!!
I appreciate every one of you, sweet friends!! Wishing you all good health!
UPDATE: No need to come back! This desk is done and you can see it HERE now!
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