Wednesday, September 8

Trashformation - Mirror, mirror on the wall

Here it is ... my big upcycling project for Stashbusting September

Enjoy the "before" picture

A couple of years back, when we bought our house, a work colleague needed a place to stay for a while.  My colleague ended up staying in our walkout basement for a while since we didn't need the space at the time and left a few things behind when moving out. Including this mirror that just stayed stashed in my basement tucked in a closet. Let's face it, it needed a LOT of TLC and with all the big projects going on around the house, the mirror was way down the to-do list. 

Fast forward to this year. A number of projects (all the large ones) have been stricken from the list. I have a craft studio in my basement (yep the same basement).  

Beautification started with a thorough scrubbing and a little trimming. See that scroll detail missing on the left. Bye bye scroll on the right.

Then came sanding (not my favorite part), priming and painting. I'm getting better at the spray paint thing. It's all about patience. Two thin coats work better than a thick one. 

Then time for some additional decorations.
Remember those fabric butterflies?

Wait wait, not so fast. First I grabbed my paintbrushes and a bit of acrylic paints, added a big flower, some grass, leaves and vines. Another sprinkle of spray paint. Silver this time. Barely a dusting 

Then I dug up my glue gun and 

Here is the perch for my butterflies

One final before and after : 


  1. This turned out great! You don't dare show it to the person who left it behind...they might want it back!

  2. What a fun and whimsical creation!!

  3. Amazing the things that people see no value in...they don't realize what treasures they own!!! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day :)

  4. What an awesome mirror - love how you highlighted the detail

  5. This is so fun and whimsical, what a nice transformation.

  6. What a sweet transformation. Thanks for linking up to the Under $100 Linky Party!

  7. Very cute! I love seeing old mirrors get a face lift! Great job (:

  8. I love the lines of this mirror, very cute. The hand painting that you did is fabulous. Please stop by my blog on Sunday for my Show Off Sunday Party. I would love for you to share this project with my followers.

  9. What an adorable transformation! Great job! Thanks for linking up!

  10. The previous owner can grovel and beg, it's mine now :). Well it's my daughter's. It was fun to paint and decorate even though it took largely longer than my average project. I kept getting more ideas and it was nice to get my brushes out of storage. Now I can't wait to finish setting up her meadows bedroom.

    Thank you all for your sweet comments!!

    PS @ Laura - I did link up !

  11. So, so cute!
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  12. That turned out absolutely adorable!

  13. I have a mirror and after seeing yours, I am ready to paintit! I love yours!

  14. I featured your mirror on "Featuring you Friday" Have a great weekend!

  15. Very nice makeover! Thanks so much for joining us this week!

  16. That is a great mirror! I love the color and design details you selected for it's makeover.

  17. i like the folk art feeling of your "new" mirror! i also like the fact that you weren't afraid to hack off that other scroll. go you!


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