Sep 2, 2011

Convex mirror revamp {before and after}

Remember that federal-style convex mirror I picked up a month or so ago at a thrift store?

A couple coats of spray paint later, and here she (he?) is now!

I thought about spraying her (yes, I've decided the mirror is a she now that she's all purdy!) a fun color, but in the end I just couldn't picture it anything but a nice glossy white -- especially after Megan at House of Goodin shared her lightened-and-brightened convex mirror. Doesn't it totally pop against that gorgeous navy wall? I'm totally in love with it!

The mirror is held in the frame by six screws, so I just unscrewed those and popped the mirror out. The frame was dusty and grungy, so I cleaned it with some 409 before spraying it with some Rustoleum primer, then two (three?) coats of Rustoleum Painters Touch gloss white spray paint. I already had the paint on hand, so this transformation was favorite kind!

It's not a perfect paint job, but no one will notice unless they've got their nose pressed up against it. Which I really hope no one does. 'Cause that would be weird.

Let's see a before and after side by side, yes?

And yes, that is the same wall in the kitchen, just different lighting! I love how that paint color shifts depending on the light -- sometimes it looks gray, sometimes green. It's Behr's Ocean Foam, in case you're interested.

I've got the mirror in the kitchen right now, but eventually I think she'll end up in the office...if we ever get around to finishing that redo... I think it'll pop even more against the darker gray walls we have in there.

If you look really hard in the reflection, you can see a sneak peek of another project I'm working on. Can't wait to show you the final results!

I hope you all have a fantastic Labor Day weekend, and get to soak up that little last bit of summer.

Linking up!


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Erin @ Domestic Adventure said...

The mirror came out great, Mindy! Love it! I hope you have a great long weekend!

meghan said...

I love it when people aren't afraid to paint something.

a wee Bonnie said...

Great job!!I have a gorgeous Federal Convex mirror I just got! I have it hung over my bed, does not look right. I have to decide where it is going before I can spray it, cause I haven't decided on a color. I am leaning towards the white though! What did you spray it with & did you prime or seal? Any tips would be great!!

Honey at 2805 said...

Oh I love your gorgeous Federal Convex mirror, Mindy, and I would dearly love to have one! You did such a nice update on it! It's gorgeous!

Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you and hope you wil link up again next week! I'll be watching for you!

Honey at 2805 said...

I just became a follower nand hope you will too!

The mum of all trades said...

I love this project. You have some really great ideas on your blog. I'd love if you would share some of them at my link party this weekend. Hope you can make it!

Shana G. said...

I have this same mirror, but I chose a sunny shade of yellow for mine. It looks great in white!

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love it! Thanks for the shout out as well!

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love it! Thanks for the shout out as well!

Ellen said...

Mindy...the mirror looks great. I am your newest follower.

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

You are so awesome that I just had to feature you this week at my Hookin Up with HoH par-tay!

Feel free to stop by and grab a button! You deserve it. :D


Allison @ House of Hepworths

Mindy @ Heart Maine Home said...

Thanks everyone! I'm sad to report that the cute little flea market I bought this mirror from appears to be closing...!