I was walking along the street the other day and came across a lovely little antique shop. I had seen it before, but every time I passed by it was closed. I was finally able to explore inside! This little shop made me so happy! It felt like a time machine back to the roaring 20s and the booming 50s. I loved it! And I don’t think I have ever had so many spurts of inspiration come all at once. In the end I bought this adorable full-length mirror with an oak finish. I didn’t have one at the house and was getting tired of trying to make the bathroom mirrors work somehow. I also knew instantly how I wanted to paint it to give it a little more character and charm, and also make it go with the rest of the house. I seriously love how it turned out!
Everything came unassembled, which made painting each part way easier. I laid everything out and decided I wanted to paint it using my acrylic paints and paper towels. I had just seen this method done on some Saturday morning show, and I liked how the paint was streaky and showed all of the different layers of paint. And also, I was short on paintbrushes…
I chose white as the first layer of paint. I think that using white in any piece makes it lighter, even if you barely see any of it.
I then chose a really pretty aqua color as the top layer. I wasn’t sure how thick the aqua would go on, but I ended up only needing one layer.
The assembly was a breeze! None of those tricky IKEA instructions to follow…
Next up was the actual mirror. I had two options here. I could have taped the mirror to keep paint off of it and then painted the inside of the frame, or I could leave the inside of the frame with the oak finish. I decided to leave it with the oak finish. I was really nervous about getting the tape perfectly along the edge, since the mirror is oval, and there wasn’t a good way to remove the mirror completely (which is what I was hoping I could do). I think in the end I really like how it looks, so I am happy with the oak showing!
What do you guys think?!