Hello amazing friends! Are ya’ll ready to see what else I salvaged from that pile of thrift store goodies?
Today I’m sharing how I repurposed this picture:
It was marked down twice to $4.98. The frame was wood and had lovely detailing on it, so in the cart it went. Now when I said I repurposed the picture, I fibbed a bit because I don’t think there is much hope for the actual picture, but I was able to reuse the frame in an awesome way.
I was working in my shop (aka the garage) last week when I happened to notice that this mirror I found back before Halloween was pretty close the size of my beautiful new frame:
This mirror was inside a larger more beautiful frame and I scored it for $10. Except it wasn’t really a score because the larger frame started crumbling apart at the lightest touch. Because I am drawn to all things gold and shiny, I must have blocked out that detail as I ran to the check out to purchase it.
I did reuse that crumbling piece however, in our Halloween display.
So the rest of this mirror has been sitting right where it was when I originally took it apart…
I removed the outer frame and went to try it out in my new frame, crossing my fingers that it would be a match, but of course it was not to be as the frame was too large:
Or was it?
Enter this beauty:
I decided to stop in at the thrift store closest to our house to see if they had a frame that I could cut down and use to fill that gap. I knew using a frame would have the channel in the back that I needed to insert the mirror into, and for $2.50, this was the answer.
I cut the frame down to fit using my miter saw:
Then I used wood glue and clamps to reattach the two corners:
These were my Dad’s clamps that he passed along to me when he stopped woodworking. I feel like I’m channeling his wood working skills whenever I use them!
I painted both frames in Bit of Sugar by Behr, made into DIY chalk paint (Recipe HERE):
About an hour later, I used a damp washcloth to wet distress the raised detail:
Often when you take sandpaper to these frames, the sandpaper takes away too much and instead of seeing the beautiful wood beneath, you get a funky white color. Wet distressing fixes that, however you only have a short window after paitning your final coat to be able to easily remove paint this way, about an hour is ideal. I waxed both frames with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax to seal.
Then I used straight nails at an angle to attach the gold mirror to the smaller frame from the backside.
I used these brackets I already had on hand to attach the smaller frame and mirror to the larger frame:
I had no clue how I was going to attach them so this worked out great.
Then I used pretty paper from Hobby Lobby and Matte Mod Podge to make the back pretty also:
I used the original hanging hardware that was on the frame and that was that.
Now I have a brand new mirror:
I decided to keep the gold on the original mirror since that is what drew me to it in the first place.
Plus it matches the other frames in my dining room:
This is going in my office across the hall though.
I am so thrilled that I was able to use that gold mirror after all.
Layering the frames gives this piece even more dimension.
One more piece down! Woohoo! There’s not much left…almost time to go shopping again!
If you missed any, you can catch up below:
I’ll be back on Thursday with the other larger drawer:
And yes that is the very same before drawer picture, but different drawer after I promise!
UPDATE: Lucky you…no need to wait! See what became of this drawer HERE now!
See ya then, friends! 😀
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