Makeover — Yard Sale Mirror Two Ways
by Diana Durkes
Get your DIY on as our furniture and accessories makeover specialist, Contributor Diana Durkes joins us again today. Diana gives “New Life to the Tossed and Found” at her blog, Fine Diving in Chicago.
I was excited to find this framed mirror at a yard sale last weekend. The square shape was friendly, though its industrial grey paint color gave a mixed message. I thought its makeover potential was a bargain for $8, but what to do with it besides change the color?
Driving home, mirror in the back seat, I mentally sorted through the on-hand materials I have to give it some surface decoration. Not a packrat (that would be my husband); I’m more of a selective saver. I try to qualify materials by asking, “Will I really be able to use this in the next three months?”
Fabric, printed paper and an array of leftover paint are always in stock in my inventory, but I try to stay disciplined for smaller items, knowing the world doesn’t really need a Museum of Bread-Bag Tabs.
To change the color of the frame, I roughed up the old surface with sandpaper, and then used two coats of orange-red semigloss I had on hand.
When the paint was totally dry, I played with the arrangement of the random felt circles on the frame. I taped them on with loops of scotch tape, making the frame easy to change again at anytime.
Here’s a comparison of the plain and polka-dot frame.