Turning a Picture into a Mirror…It’s Magic: ORC Week 6
And the Tragedy…
Welcome back to week 6 of the One Room Challenge organized and hosted by Linda from Calling it Home and media partner House Beautiful. This would have been reveal week, but due to mother nature creating havoc everywhere, we have been granted a one week extension.
If you are just catching up you must see Week 1: The Plan , Week 2: Painting Doors and Trim , Week 3: Surviving a Reno Stress Free , Week 4: Board and Batten, Solo in Just 3 Days , and Week 5: My Current Love Affair with Blue Decor
The extra week gave me a chance to slow it down a bit and not be in such a frenzy to get it done (my hubby is so grateful…less upheaval in our home).
It also gave me the chance to add a few more details to the space and to show you how to turn an old picture (just not my style) into an amazing mirror. Which turned out GREAT until I snapped the corner of the glass putting back in the frame…I could have cried, cursed, stomped my foot and may have done all three.
I am still sharing the how to in this post, because this is the neatest thing since sliced bread, there just aren’t any pictures. You can see how I turned an old door into a mirror in THIS POST just so you know I am telling the truth (wink, wink)
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I have wanted a BIG mirror forever! You know, the kind that is classy and large and sits on the floor…oh, and that costs a small fortune. Like these…
Since neither of these are in the budget (because I had to have my gorgeous rug) and because I can never bring myself to throw away a perfectly good piece of art (even if it isn’t my style)…
I turned to the magic of Krylon’s Looking Glass Spray! This spray is the most AMAZING product EVER!!
- One large piece of art to repurpose, you have to have the frame and glass…we don’t care about what is in it.
- 2 cans of Krylon Looking Glass Spray
- Paper towel or newspaper
Make sure to use this spray in a well ventilated area. It really is best to use it outside (trust me, the fumes from this spray are VERY strong), but once the rain came through here in Indiana November finally turned into November and I had to do this in the garage.
Prep the Glass
- Remove the glass from the frame
- clean with ammonia free windex using a paper towel or newspaper
- wipe with a lint free cloth
Make the Magic Happen
- Shake the can well
- Spray a test spray to get any moisture out of the nozzle
- Spray in even strokes across the glass
- Allow to dry 10-15 minutes between coats
- May take 4-6 coats to achieve a mirror like finish
And that is all there is to it. It isn’t a perfectly clear mirror finish, but it is a mirror nevertheless. Magic, I tell ya!
I sanded the frame and added some minwax stain in provincial, applying it with a spouncer to the detail so that it would add depth and character to the frame.
And that is where it all went south! I didn’t have the glass properly supported when putting it back in the frame and the corner snapped right off. A chunk so big that I couldn’t even fake it for pictures. Refer to week 4’s post for how to have a stress free reno.
So, I went into my stash (we all have them, right?) and got out another mirror. It isn’t nearly as big, about a fourth of the size, but it will do until I can get a piece of mirror cut. Yes, I plan on having it put in the frame by someone wherever I take it. Oh well….plan B!
This week also saw the completion of my painted upholstery project and painting a picture frame blue (go figure) to put this map art in. I love how it really makes the map stand out now! The week wasn’t a total loss.
Next week is reveal week and here is what is done…
paint the walls and add an architectural detail to the room
- fix the carpet at the entry and replace tiles
clean the carpet turn an old cedar chest into a cushioned bench create a new media console for under the TV create and purchase new wall art replace vertical blind with new updated plantation style blind source or make new throw pillows repurpose an old piece of art into a mirror
- refinish side table, and
current console table refurbish 2 chairsor reupholster 1 chair purchase an area rug to tie the whole space together
- pull it all together in a room with way too many openings and doors
I am excited for next week and the reveal…and finally the completion of this project!! Make sure to visit the featured participants and the guest participants for more great progress reports and DIY’s at the links below!!
Until next time,