Thursday, September 30, 2010

Old Mirror Transformation

It's already Thursday and I feel like I've spent the last 3 days going in circles.  I had such high hopes for diving into my projects out in the garage and then maybe having some time left over for jewelry repurposing.  I had to let some of my goodies from Saturday's city wide garage sale take a number and get in line with all the other projects.  Don't we all want to give our new found treasures priority?

I've also spent many hours buried in piles of paperwork and research this week.  Gulp....Mr. MST is retiring in 2 weeks, but that's another post blog.  So much to think about, especially medical insurance choices, taxes,  Medicare and Medicare supplements, etc, etc.  So, when I grow up and retire (yeah, right), I'll be an expert.

Time for a little garage therapy........

I've been hauling this mirror around forever.   I was ready to just give it away if someone had asked me my best price; you can't argue with free.  Enough is enough!  Time for a makeover!  I decided to take out the mirror, paint the frame black, and put in a burlap covered cork board. 
It just wasn't meant to be. 

 When I removed the heavy back board, the whole frame fell apart.  Oops.  I just didn't want to spend the time gluing it all back together.

 I salvaged what I could.  I went to my handy dandy embossed wallpaper box and cut out two little circles.  I just licked them like a stamp and slapped them on.  This stuff is great to use in painted furniture refinishing projects.  It comes in all kinds of different patterns and is so easy to work with. 

This is what I ended up with.  I painted it white, roughed it up a bit, then rubbed it down with some brown acrylic paint mixed with a little water.  I attached a hook on the back because I thought it would look nice hanging over a door or window.

A vintage rhinestone button adds just a little sparkle.

One project out of the way is a start.  It's been really warm here the last few days, so maybe I'll just stay inside and work on some jewelry.  Sounds like a plan to me:)

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