A few weeks ago, a fairy god mother (in the form of my mother-in-law) made both my and my pre-teen daughter’s dreams come true. You see, mom-in-law Joey, who was recently given an ornate mirror from a friend, was kind enough to bestow said mirror onto us to use for my 11-year-old daughter Lily’s bedroom revival.
Here is a picture of the mirror as it looked when we first brought it home.
The original mirror, while beautiful, lacked the type of personality and whimsy that we felt would best suit Lily’s bedroom’s new style. Basically, it came down to this…the mirror needed colour.
In my previous posts, Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall and Mirror Image, I presented a number of colour options worth considering: blue, red, yellow, white, and dark gray. Thanks everyone for your suggestions and opinions on this matter, but in the end I let Lily decide what colour she liked best.
Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?
According to Lily, the fairest mirror colour is BLUE.
Kind of like this…
So, off I went…I visited two different stores looking for spray paint in a shade of blue to compliment Lily’s bedroom decor. Naturally, I forgot the paint chips at home (silly me). This meant I had to pick a colour by memory (easier said than done). I ended up coming home with one can of true blue and one can of cherry red spray paint. The red spray paint was intended for a ceramic dog Lily picked up at a garage sale for $0.25!
As it happens, once Lily and I saw the blue and the red spray paint cans in her actual room, we knew what we had to. First of all, neither us were particularly taken with the shade of blue I chose, and, more importantly, Lily and I quickly realized that her ornate mirror was destined to stand out — translation: true blue would just not do!
In the end, Lily and I both agreed that her mirror was meant to be RAVISHING IN RED.
So, are you ready for the big reveal???
Sorry about the poor photo quality, it doesn’t quite capture how gorgeous the mirror actually is in Lily’s room.
Here’s a quick look at how the mirror magically went from this…
HOW WE SPRAY PAINTED AN ORNATE MIRROR
STEP ONE: Choosing a Good Spray Paint
For sake of ease, I chose Krylon’s Paint + Primer in one. I was very happy with the results , and I will use this product again.
STEP TWO: Prepping the Surface of the Mirror Frame
To get the frame ready for painting, we detached it from the actual mirror. After the frame was detached, we made sure to clean off any dust and particles with a damp cloth. Unfortunately, not all mirror frames are able to be taken off of the mirror. If you have a frame that does not detach, I recommend covering the entire mirror surface in a heavy gauge paper and using painters tape around the edges.
STEP THREE: Hanging Up the Mirror Frame
Luckily, Michael’s parents have a huge garage/ workshop that we can use for projects. Using some of the items found just outside of the workshop (an old chair and a wagon), we hung the mirror frame up. It is always best to spray paint in a well-ventilated area or outdoors.
Not soon after I began spray painting, I realized the frame wasn’t placed high enough to paint the bottom of the frame properly. So, after a bit of reworking, Michael and I managed to hang the mirror frame at a better height.
STEP FOUR: Apply Thin Coats of Spray Paint
Spray paint goes on well if you apply it in thin, even coats. This is especially important to do if you are painting an item with lots of details, like an ornate mirror frame. Also, it is best to spray paint at a distance of about 6″-8″ away from surface in a sweeping motion. After we applied two thin coats, the mirror frame looked awesome — from a distance that is. However, upon closer inspection, there were some areas that were not as well-covered as others. With another light coat, focusing mainly on those problem areas, the frame was just right.
*** To ensure best practice and results, I highly recommend following the instructions on the spray paint can.***
STEP FIVE: Wait Patiently
Although the spray paint we used claimed you can handle the newly painted item in 2 hours, we waited a full 24 hours before putting the mirror back together. I recommend waiting a little longer than 2 hours before handling, just to be extra cautious.
So, there you have it…five relatively easy steps to reviving an ornate mirror.
In case you are interested, here is a quick breakdown of the time and cost of this mini-revival.
About Half a Day’s Work (6-8 hours) + extra dry time, just to be safe.
Mirror — a gift
Spray Paint — $5.50 + tax
Total = $5.50 + tax
Now that’s a DEAL!