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The title of this post couldn’t be more appropriate because I’m in Disney World with the fam this week.  It has been an amazing three days so far and we did meet the “fairest of them all” while having breakfast the Royal Castle (totally worth the arm and a leg that they charge for it btw.)  But don’t worry, I’m not talking about Snow White today, I’m going to give you the low down on my “New” dining room mirror!
I need to give you a little back story first.  Remember how I “stole” Eric’s tool box to make the Anthro Dresser?  Well, no worries, at the Liberty Thrift Store grand opening we bough him a new dresser  for our bedroom and his old one is the new “tool box.”   I stinkin’ don’t have a pic down here in Florida, but it’s awesome and I think will be very cool after some serious DIYing of course!
Well, the new dresser had this super scrolly, ornate mirror that I didn’t plan to use in our bedroom.  I was in the garage, near the new dresser and mirror and had a mini “Ah-ha!” moment.  The fancy frame was the perfect contrast with my super-simple frame wallpaper.  Score!! I consider this mirror FREE because it just came with the piece I bought.
So here she was… a real beauty eh? I told you she was totally all “Mirror Mirror on the Wall”…
Did I mention that this bad boy is huge and weighs like a million lbs?  Ok, not a cool mil, but seriously over 75 pounds! To demonstrate its size, I did the professional thing measured it got my 4yr old to lay down next to it.  (My poor kids have such a weird mom…Okay kids, go lay on the ground next to the thrift store mirror so mommy can take a picture)
So my first step after the official measurement, was to tape/paper off the entire glass surface.  I thought it was going to be a nightmare with all the curves, but amazingly, the paper slid perfectly under the edge.  Eric couldn’t understand why I was freaking out with excitement about how easy it would be!
I did some ripping and angling, but it was still done in about 5 minutes.  I used 8×11 scrap paper on all the edges and then a piece of craft paper down the middle.  Easy Peasy.
I took it to the garage and used black satin spraypaint.  This is the perfect opportunity to bring up some major beef I have… What in the world is up with Valspar’s NEW spraypaint cans?  They’re awful! They spray all over the place, and are just plain terrible.  Have you tried them?  Are Jess and I alone in our hatred?  I adore Valspar paint, so I’m bummed and hoping they change this new can A-sap! Anyhow… crazy rant complete…
After two coats, she was all ready for my dining room wall! I did wait a while for the paint to dry because I didn’t want paint getting on my wallpaper.
I love the contrast in the fancy lines of the mirror and the simple, almost childlike lines of the wallpaper.  It makes me chuckle a little bit.
I still have some serious accessorizing to do when I get home, but for now these recycled items will do just fine.  Slowly, but surely this room is going to come together!
What do you think of my “Free” thrift store mirror?  
PS- Don’t forget to check out our upcoming Nate Show Episode This Thursday, December 1st!

The comments +

  1. oh wow – that mirror is just amazing – and perfect against the wallpaper.
    the room is looking really lovely.
    c x.

  2. So pretty! I have a mirror I’ve been thinking of spray painting gold. This tutorial came right on time.

    ~Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One

  3. I love how this room is turning out. That chest is just delicious in yellow. Must steal idea 🙂

  4. I HATE the Valspar spray paint too. I purchased orange the other day to jazz up some organization things I got at a yard sale for my loft desk and I got paint everywhere. I was very disappointed.

  5. Jen says:

    Valspar spray paint is a HUGE downer. I will stick to Rustloeum for now, until a change is made even though they have perfect colors..

    LOVE the dining room! It’s perfect.

  6. Marnie says:

    The mirror is AWESOME! I hate the new spray cans so much I switched to another brand.

  7. Love Love Love this mirror! Excellent job! And I feel the same way about those new cans… Not cool, Valspar!

  8. Libby says:

    I normally use Krylon {Love it!}, but bought Valspar because I happened to be at Lowe’s. Hated how it sprayed. I’ll stick to Krylon…even if it means making an extra stop!

  9. I LOVE the mirror and the wallpaper! Reminds me of a modern take on an old French movie for some reason.


  10. Christina says:

    beautiful!! I live right past Q-town, and have to get to Liberty Thrift soon!!

  11. Tanae Nelson says:

    Would you be able to share your grey paint color on the walls and your yellow for your dresser? I love them in your dinning room and would love to know what they are.

  12. Hi I’m your newest follower from Homeroad… Where can I see more of that table???? It looks awesome!

  13. Karen says:

    Is the light fixture rectangular? If so, it’s exactly what I am looking for in my long narrow dining room. Would you share the source?

    Thank you!

    A fellow RHOBC (Richboro)

  14. I love the way it looks!!

  15. You are awesome ! This blog is so great. I really hope more people read this and get what you’re saying, because let me tell you, it is important stuff.

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