Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Makeover: Sitting Room Mirror Upcycle






In the grand scheme of things that are to be done in the house, this was a relatively small project.


In saying that, it was a project I really enjoyed, and I think it shows how a pop of colour in a room can really change up a space.














I originally bought this mirror in a Christmas sale two years ago for E20, and it has sat in our spare bedroom until now while I tried to figure out if I wanted to keep it there or move it to somewhere else in the house.



Before our sitting room makeover, we had a smaller black mirror which had hung nicely on the wall and suited the space well.
With the arrival of our new chimney breast and log burner it put the smaller mirror to shame, so we knew we had to find something else to go in it's place. I visited a number of furniture stores around, and toyed with the idea of oval and circular mirrors, but nothing really peaked my interest. It wasn't until I was rummaging around the spare room looking for our missing cushions off the old couch that I spotted the bargain mirror, and thought to myself that I might be able to do something with it.

I popped into our local Little Greene Stockist, and picked up a tester pot of Hicks' Blue. I'm not sure why I actually went for this colour - I think I've just seen so many people using it as a wall colour on Instagram and although I'm not brave enough to try it in full room just yet, a touch of it might just work.



I cleaned my mirror up, primed it with my usual primer and added the first coat.


{Always with the plastic on the floor - I make such a mess!}


By the second coat, I was still a bit worried as there seemed to still be parts of the frame that hadn't taken the paint as well as the rest.




By the third coat, I could breath a sigh of relief - it looked much more uniform now.


I left it to dry overnight, before placing it on top of our mantle piece to see how it suited the room.



I'm really happy with how it turned out - and it just went to show, I had the perfect piece right under my nose the whole time! All it needed was a bit of elbow grease and a E7 pot of paint.

Fiona
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