Lately I’ve been feeling crafty. It could be the amount of free time I have on my hands, or the amount of it that I’m spending with kids.. but whatever it is: I don’t hate it.
After Clementine’s vet appointment on Monday, I stopped at an antique shop. Like second hand clothing, I am a definite fan of second hand furniture. It tends to have a lot more character for a lot less money. I was delighted to find a large gold mirror for $22 dollars. I was even more delighted that my mother was willing to pay for it.
My mother also bought a cherry wood desk and chair off Craigslist the other day. It was a great deal, even if it’s possibly laminate. I could have used it (instead of my bed) quite frequently to do homework this past semester, but it’s a little too late for that. Instead I plan on transforming the corner of my room with the desk into a vanity/make-up station.
Please ignore the piles, and admire the Audrey Hepburn posters instead. I have a bit of rearranging to do with the wall decor, but where Audrey is currently holding her cigarette I would like to place the mirror, maybe a little lower. I’m extremely OCD and color coordinated, so I wanted the mirror black instead of gold.
On second thought it would have still matched the desk’s metal furnishings, but when have I ever done anything easy?
After taping around the edge of the mirror (because God knows I would get black paint on it), I applied the first coat of black paint. It worked as a primer.
Note: because the mirror was wood, I did not have to go to the trouble of sanding it. Depending on the material and amount of paint layers you may have to.
Oh, and there’s a glimpse of my beautiful mother who helped with this project: Hi mom!!!
After the first coat of paint, the mirror still had a significant amount of gold shining through. I also felt it looked streaky, so on to the next one.
Part of the reason I like this mirror so much is the victorian style detailing. A second coat really helped to transform this piece, yet you can still see some of the gold accents. I am undecided about whether this helps the piece look more antique-y or if I should use a skinny brush and go over the detailing a third time…
Would you be kind enough to help me decide?