I love calling things a 'transformation'. It makes it sound a lot more involved that what it really was: A new coat of paint.
I like to dress up my project titles.
So, a few weeks ago, I found this great mirror at Goodwill. I posted about it on my Mission of Goodwill post for the week. It was less than $5 and IT WAS HUGE. At that price, I had to have it.
I'm the girl with the Puma sneakers. I know you're totally jelly of my worn-out shoes.
I taped off the mirror and got to work.
I gave the whole thing a quick sanding since it looked like it was more than a few years old. After that, I added a little ornament.
I spent hours trying to figure out what these things were actually called. No need to google it, they're called ornaments. They might be called 'maple' ornaments or some other wood variation, but they're ornaments and you find them near the dowels in the home improvement store.
I fixed it to the top with some Gorilla brand wood glue and let it set. Then I gave it a few coats of white paint.
It took three coats to get a good cover over this bad boy... and then, I pulled out the glaze.
So, I've never actually used glaze before. I mean, I've seen it done by other bloggers, so that sort of makes me an expert, right? That's how I sleep at night.
I took a damp rag and dipped it in the glaze and then smeared it onto the mirror.
There are various methods to glazing... some put it on thicker than others. For this, I just wanted it a little scuffed up, so a little bit was just fine. I went around the whole mirror like that and then took a clean damp rag and wiped it down gently. If I took too much off, I just re-applied and tried again. This glaze was pretty darn forgiving. I love the way it looks on the ornament.
And then, once I was happy, I let it dry and pulled the tape off. I love the results.
And the ornament really adds a little something...
I'm extremely happy with my $5 mirror. The glaze was just under $10 but I used so little of it... I'll have lots of glazing projects in the future.
You've gotta love the glazing/distressing stuff: We take something old, make it look new again, and then make it look old again. We are a strange breed.