This one's going to be a little light in the picture department. Unfortunately, I didn't take many pictures of the "before." Whoops.
I first saw this mirror at the Goodwill in my town. It was originally priced 24.99, which is pretty good for a made from real wood mirror. Plus it had some incredibly intricate carving at the top. And I knew I could make it look a lot better since it was a little rough around the edges. But......my goodwill has 50% off sales on most of their merchandise based on the color of the tag. This mirror was due to be marked down the very next week so I figured if it was still there, it was meant to be.
Unfortunately, I missed the week-long sale, but don't feel too bad just yet. After an item spends the whole week at 50% off, running Sunday to Sunday, if it hasn't sold, it's offered for 99 cents on Monday. Yep, 99 cents. Can you see where this is going? On Monday, I sauntered into my local Goodwill, swung by the mirror section and IT WAS STILL THERE! I actually flagged down an employee to double check that I would be snapping it up for only 99 cents. She confirmed and I sprinted to the front of the store to pay for it. Well, actually I awkwardly lugged it to the front since the thing probably weighs 40 pounds.
Here's a shot of the before, all taped up and ready to paint.
|Why yes, that is my messy garage in the background. Keeping it real!|
|A close-up of the amazing carving at the top.|
I did three thin coats, leaving it to dry for about five minutes between coats. After it was completely dry (I think I left it overnight) I grabbed some sandpaper and distressed the edges a bit.
Here's the finished product.
I love how the carved part looks once it's been distressed. Beautiful.
And here's the budget breakdown, including tax:
Mirror: 1.07 (!!!!)
Spray Paint (half can): 1.85
Hanging hardware: 2.15
So for just over 5 dollars I got a mirror that measures 5 feet by 3 feet and fits beautifully at the top of my stairs. It reminds me a lot of this one I found online:
It's on sale for a mere 469.00. Down from 739.00. Gulp.