Mirror Makeover - Cottage Style

I found a mirror that was exactly the size I wanted with a nice big metal frame in a basket-weave pattern.  The mirror was marked down by 80%.  It had been marked down for 3 straight weeks and nobody bought it...

I had looked at this mirror every Saturday for three weeks.  On the fourth Saturday, I bought it.  I so wanted it for my bathroom.  Problem?  It really didn't fit my cottage-style house, but it was such a great deal!!!  Have you ever been there?  Buying something because it's a great deal but it doesn't really work in your home?  Sigh.  Thank God for chalk paint :)

Here's the original mirror in all its glittery, shiny newness:



I love the texture and the pattern of the frame.  In the right space, it would be lovely as it is.  In my house, it is decidedly the wrong look.  So I chalk painted it with a home made white chalk paint.  And then I painted it a second time with an ivory tinted chalk paint.  And then I painted it AGAIN with a pearl finish bone white paint (not chalk based).  Then I took my sanding sponge and I sanded it.



Oh a coat of white paint is a wonderful thing!!  I ADORE this mirror now.  The shiny metal finish is dulled thanks to the sanding, so it looks like zinc instead.  The layers of the different shades of white paint give additional depth to the look.  Love, love, love - now I want to go paint my shiny stainless steel fridge to look like this... OK well, maybe not just yet, I need to get up more courage before I go there. :)

Here's a full shot:


Have a fabulous day!


40 comments:

  1. Love it! The way you customized it to work at your space is perfect! The texture looks wonderful with the white paint!

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  2. It looks so much better with it's white paint and distressing. Fits perfectly now ;)

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  3. Wonderful paint job, the antique white is much more charming than the gold!

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  4. Anne love that mirror.Yes much better painted.Love the distressing too!What a beautiful sink!
    xx
    Anne

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  5. I love how you remade the mirror. Very cool! You do such fabulous work.

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  6. Looks great and I don't blame you for buying it!

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  7. Hi Anne, Love the transformation!

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  8. Ann, this mirror came out so great. What little paint can do, right.

    Cynthia

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  9. Anne, the distressed white was the perfect way to transform the mirror to be a perfect compliment to your cottage-look. Beautifully done! You have a great eye!

    Jenn

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  10. Love the after! It's so pretty with the distressing you gave this mirror
    too!

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  11. Isn't it great what just a little paint will do! :)

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  12. This is so pretty now in its white coat, Anne! I love the deal that you got on it, and how you layered your paint colors. I am getting ready to chalk paint some frames that I got out thrifting this summer! I'm making my own chalk paint, which will work just fine for this project. Take care, and have a great new week!

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  13. What a pretty new finish! Looks great in the bathroom!

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  14. Doesnt just make you want to dance when you find what you are looking for and are able to recreate it to a one of a kind for your home.

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  15. Anne...the mirror is gorgeous!!...and you made chalk paint?...How great is that!!!....The bathroom is looking fantastic!!!

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  16. Your white painted mirror looks very cottage-y over that gorgeous sink!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  17. Great idea to add that pant. It is so pretty!

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  18. Surprise, surprise! It looks like award season in Blogoland, so please come over to receive the Dardos Award!

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  19. Amazing difference. The mirror is a beautiful addition to your bathroom.

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  20. Obviously the mirror was just waiting for you to bring it home :-) I love the look of the original frame, but you did a great job country-fying it with the layers of paint and sanding :-) Looks great in your bathroom!

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  21. What a clever idea! Chalk paint it the best for adding cottage charm!

    Have an awesome day rock star!
    karianne

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  22. Great project! You made this look perfect for you space.

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  23. I Painted this similar mirror.I love you blow
    saludos desde Chile

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  24. Hi Anne, oh my goodness what a wonderful transformation. It is perfect above your beautiful pedestal sink. Thanks so much for swinging in to check out my blogging issues..I'm not sure if I have the problem fixed or not, I sure hope so...hugs ~lynne~

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  25. Love the way it looks. The mirror is cool.

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  26. Love the white!! Looks so much more cottagey!!

    Would love for you to share this at my very first linky party. My sister and I are working together over at “Think Tank Thursday”…would love to see you there!
    http://www.saving4six.com/2012/10/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-1.html

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  27. I am forever buying things that I don't have room for and doesn't exactly fit with my decorating style! You did a nice job with your mirror makeover. It fits in perfectly.

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  28. I just can't turn down a real bargain. Your mirror turned out really beautiful - very cottagey!!

    Judy

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  29. It is perfect for that bath. A coat of paint = instant aged patina.

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  30. Looks lovely Anne! You and your white paint ... meanwhile I've just pulled out the turquoise spray paint ...

    :)

    Linda

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  31. Perfect! SO thankful for paint :) Thanks for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  32. Anne, Thanks so much for sharing your Cottage Style Mirror on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love the technique you used, the mirror is perfect!

    Jody

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  33. love the new look of the mirror Anne! gotta love paint!
    gail

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  34. Oh Anne...you always put the PERFECT finish on everything! What a wonderful cottage style finish...picture perfect like everything that you create! Hugs and thanks for sharing : )

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