October 31, 2011

DIY: Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

Once upon a time, Sky and Erika bought a very ugly mirror at a garage sale because it was $1, coupled in among a manger scene and cake pan. 
(Was it in a fire? No, just halfway spray painted. They must have gotten distracted halfway through.) 
But something needed to be done. 

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First, a coat of spray paint to make it all one color. I strongly prefer one-tone frames...

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(Thank you, Sky.)

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Then, I gathered all the supplies I would need: the frame, Mod Podge, pages torn from a book, a paintbrush, and scissors.

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I decided I wanted it to have a quirky, Barnes and Noble feel. So I cut scraps of the pages to fit, alternating the direction I pasted them, and painted a thin layer of Mod Podge under and over them.

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I actually just made some homemade Mod Podge (watered down glue-again, thanks Pinterest). Easy! I gave it a few coats on top.

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After that, I smoothed out most of the wrinkles with my fingers, then let it dry overnight.

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Serendipitously, I also happened to find this at the end of one of the chapters. It was too cute to not add on at the last minute.

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And the mirror was hung in the hall and decorated our space happily ever after.

The End.

17 kind comments from you:

Dolli-Mama said...

That is super cute! I love it! :)

The New "Normal" said...

Very cute - love it! I love random finds like that, just wish I was more creative in figuring out what to do with them! Great job!

Amanda said...

Ohhh I love this!! Super cute!!

annoyed army wife said...

I love this! But I'm wondering what book you destroyed to create it. :)

Reading Rambo said...

Oooh, I super-like it. That's a really good idea, dude. And you IMPLEMENTED it. ;)

Kaylee said...

Cute!!! I love it!

Mr. Superman & Mrs. S. said...

Oh so proud! It looks fabulous lovey!

Ashley said...

Too cute! I love it! Very Barnes and Noble-ey! ;)

greaterexp said...

Aren't you the most clever thing ever? I love this! Now here is finally an idea for those ugly frames I have in the attic! Thank you!!

beka said...

are you kidding me?
i loooove that.
and the part from the end of the chapter is SO sweet.

that is one awesome frame :)

Chantal said...

Very nice! I love it!

gina said...

LOOKS AMAZING! I love creative simple re-do's like this! Found you through Beka, love your blog!

Erin said...

That is soooo cute!!

Melissa Jaine said...

Great idea! And I love Mod Podge :)
mj.x

____j said...

That turned out so cute!

Elizabeth said...

Very cute idea! I'll have to remember this one!

Victoria + Ryan said...

that is REALLY cute!!!! I might have to steal this idea :)

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