Saturday, February 20, 2010

More fun with mirrors.

I think I'm addicted to mirrors and their possibilities. I love finding old things and turning them into something else.

This mirror is heavy. Very solid. And brown just wasn't working for me. But, we always see potential around here. Especially in thrift stores.

Normally, I would just remove the mirror like I did with the turquoise mirror a few months ago. But this one was a beast to remove. So, I just covered it with newspaper and taped it off, making sure a bit of the tape went between the gap (which was very, very small) between the mirror and the frame so no paint would leak through onto the mirror. Because that just means the paint that leaks will get reflected, too! So, I very carefully made sure that tape was under that gap to prevent this. I also primed it with spray primer, but that wasn't getting into the ornate carvings. So, I brushed it with the black paint so I could mash the paint into the grooves. My brush didn't thank me for it, but it got the paint to cover it. It took two coats, even over the primer. Lots of nooks and crannies.

We mounted it with two heavy duty wall anchors that will hold 200 lbs. Yeah, a little much, but I just wanted to make sure it wasn't going to pull off the wall. The mirror only weights 27 lbs. But, better safe than sorry. Screws are cheap security.

Here's my entry way now. It sits right across from the coat rack and bench, making a nice place for taking off shoes and unloading coats and checking yourself out to make sure you don't have any food in your teeth. Have a happy day!


Washington Hills said...

Summer, you're amazing!

Holly said...

You always amaze me!!!!!! I love the mirror!!! I have been checking your blog, but through my goodle reader, so I haven't commented lately but I just wanted to drop a note to tell you how much I always love seeing your awesome projects!!!!! I miss your smiling face, and Jan wishes you were in the ward so that you could be a choir participant...he was called as the ward choir director and today was the choir's first performance. It made me think of you. I hope you are havin' a great day!



The Florist said...

You are darling. Oh, and so is the coat rack and mirror. Love what you've done to the place.