Thrift Shop Shakedown #4 and a Mirror Makeover

Awesome friends, I am so excited to bring ya’ll another episode of my video series with my blogging bestie, Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule: Thrift Shop Shakedown #4!

As you know, we love thrifting, but it’s even more fun when we can take you with us!! In this video, we take you thrift shopping with us to pick out something for each of us to make over.

Today we are also sharing what we did with the items we found!

But first, enjoy the video of our shopping trip:

If you don’t see the video or have trouble viewing it, you can see it on YouTube HERE!

We laughed a lot that day!

I found a few things on that trip:

You probably remember that funky lattice tote I already shared. I picked it up for 99¢. If you missed it, you can see that makeover HERE.

But today I am making over this mirror you saw us find in the video:

This isn’t something I would normally have brought home, but it was a fun challenge for our video. It was also only $4.25!

I decided to sand it down and give it a whitewash treatment:

Mirror whitewashed from

Not too bad now, huh?

I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products l love. 

Whitewashed coastal mirror from

It had kind of a beachy vibe before in a very colorful sort of way, but now it is more my coastal style.

It almost reminds me of driftwood.

Whitewashed coastal mirror from

To get this look, I first used my rotary sander and 150 grit sandpaper to sand away the rainbow of colors.

Sanding away paint using a rotary sander.

This would have been a great candidate for citristrip, but I was impatient. (You can also see I removed the mirror before I got started.)

Then I used my shop vac to clear away any dust from sanding.

To age the surface a bit in preparation for white washing, I applied Varathane weathered wood accelerator with a cloth…

Varathane weather accelerator makes a great base for white washing

I only did one coat. Then I watered down some of my Bit of Sugar by Behr flat paint (not made into chalk paint this time)…

Water down your paint to create a whitewash effect

And applied it liberally with a brush:

Then I quickly went behind that with a dry cloth to remove most of the paint:

How to whitewash

I dragged the cloth across the surface from edge to edge in long even strokes. I worked in sections and continued to add paint, and remove with my cloth until I got a look I liked. (You will want to wear gloves for this and the stain so you don’t make a mess of your fingers.)

Whitewashed coastal mirror from

I sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax and called it a day!

Whitewashed coastal mirror from

Summer flowers and pumpkins? Sure, why not…it’s still in the mid 80’s around here! Speaking of pumpkins, do you remember these cuties I shared not too long ago?

DIY fabric pumpkins

You can find the super easy tutorial for those HERE.

Whitewashed coastal mirror from

I hoped you enjoyed our video and this simple makeover!

Mirror whitewashed from

This is what Nancy found to make over on our shopping trip:

Hop on over and visit her HERE to see what she did with it! 

If you missed our last thrifting video, you can see that HERE!

I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing this table…it was the best deal I ever got at a thrift Store!

UPDATE: See it HERE now! 😀



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  1. Much better 🙂

  2. Mary Kaiser says

    You two are so fun! I would love to go to your thrift store, they have so much furniture. I love how your mirror turned out and Nancy’s sign is amazing also. I just love it when you two get together, its such a hoot!!

    • Thanks, Mary! We have a good time together for sure, and of course it is fun to share it with ya’ll! Our stores do have a lot of furniture, but sometimes very pricey! XOXO

  3. Christina in SW FL says

    So fun virtual shopping with you and Nancy. 🙂
    The porthole type mirror turned out beautiful. If it goes into your shop, I know it will sell quickly.

  4. Christine DiTrinco Prowak says

    Hi Christy, I’m wondering about doing this paint method so it’s food safe. I’d like to do it on a new, unfinished wood round to use as a serving tray? Would sealing it with wax be all i need to do? Thanks!

  5. Michele Branham says

    Love it!

  6. That looks SO much better! And styled so pretty.. who would’ve ever thought it started like it did! So much fun shopping that day! xo

    • Thanks!! Yes that was a super fun day! Looking forward to seeing what we get done on Wednesday! XOXO

  7. lesley opheim says

    LOVE your lamps..they look like pumpkins too

  8. I would love to go with you two… the chaperone with wine ????????.Thanks for letting go along.

  9. Ilene Goodenough says

    How do you decide weather to use chalk paint or spray paint?
    I just got a metal cherub lamp and it was gold and I thought it would
    Look great in a white distressed finish. I used chalk paint and it just
    Looks messy. I was wondering if I should have sprayed it. I noticed you use a spray
    On the metal hardware so I have concluded that maybe metal should be sprayed instead.

    • Hi Ilene! Your lamp will probably look better if you give it more coats, but yes I would probably use a spray on something with a lot of details. XO

  10. Constance Colvin says

    Christy! I can’t find the video?

  11. What a fabulously fresh new look! Love it!

  12. Mother Deer says

    Hi Christy, I had the same trouble with the video, both on your site and the Artsy Chick site. Where it says “enjoy the video,” there is no link. Nothing on her site either. I tried to get there from two different browsers, but neither could find it…nor could a search from the home page. Help?

  13. Such a simple but lovely fix, Christy! LOVE!

    I gotta see if Anika will be my thrifting buddy!

    • Thanks, Julie! Sometimes simple is good…it definitely doesn’t look like a rainbow donut anymore lol! XOXO

  14. I love the makeover! What did we do before paint??!! I love how paint, patience and creativity can totally transform a thrift store find! Have a great one!

  15. You are a total inspiration! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  16. Peggie Russo-Millard says

    Love what you did to it.

  17. It never ceases to amaze me what a difference paint can make! The mirror looks sooo nice.

  18. Cecilia from Georgia says

    Hi Christie! I love the mirror! We are just getting power after Michael went through and blasted our little town. I’m catching up on my blogs and didn’t realize how much I miss y’all when I don’t “check in”.

    • Thank you, Cecilia! I know you must be so thrilled to have your power back! A few years ago I lost mine for 11 days after a hurricane and it was crazy! Glad to hear from you and that you’re safe! XOXO