Friday, May 13, 2011

Entry Mirror Upgrade

You may recall my last post about a lovely thrift store find I was in the process of refurbishing.  I picked up a lovely entry mirror for $15 at the local thrift store... what a steal!  I had been looking for one for quite a while, but didn't want to spend the money to buy it new.  For $15, I couldn't really pass it up.

Just to refresh your memory, here is the before:

Not too shabby right?  It did need some fixing up though.  One of the brackets holding up the shelf was broken and it had clearly been used and had it's fair share of nicks and dings to show for it.  Now that you've seen the before, let's fast forward to the after:

I decided to paint it with Rustoleum's Heirloom White, and then rough up the edges a bit to give it a more antiqued feel.  I just love the combination of the white paint and oil rubbed bronze hooks.  Be sure to note the strategically placed keys... no more running around frantically in search for those puppies anymore!  

Here's a quick step by step on how I completed this darling little entry mirror:

Find a Deal.  Take a stop by your local thrift store and find something great that needs a little fixing!

Fix it Up.  Nicks and scratches?  Broken shelf?  No problem!  Get out that gorilla glue and sandpaper and go to town.  For this entry mirror, I first removed the mirrors to make sure that I wouldn't do any damage to them.  I then simply sanded it down with a fine grit sandpaper and then adhered the broken shelf bracket to the backplate with some Gorilla Glue.

Prime.  Next, prime your piece.  I used Ace Hardware's white primer for this one.  Depending on what color you would like to paint your piece, you can decide on white or grey primer.

Paint.  Paint away!  I used Rustoleum's Heirloom White.  I had about 1/2 a can left over from a previous project and figured I would go ahead and use what I already had.

Sand it Down.  Grab some fine grit sand paper and sand the edges of the piece to give it that nice, warn-in look.

Most of all, have fun!  


  1. I knew you would make it look great!

  2. Looks great! I love all of you handy tips too! I am with you, there is nothing a little gorilla glue can't fix!!!