My $10 Habitat Mirror



Picture A

This is the mirror that I blogged about here. I almost did not go back and get this mirror. Boy, am I glad I did. I love it! Did you know that I talk to my furniture? Yes, sometimes I do. It helps me to keep a positive attitude when my “work in progress” is not working so well. If it can go wrong, it usually does. This mirror was no exception. It was sad and neglected but now it is shiny and vibrant. I can’t wait for my next project!

Picture B

When I bought the mirror, it was falling apart. The mirror was detached from the frame and the backing was torn. First, I started by going to Home Depot (Thanks Danny!) and getting a new back cut. I bought the same material, hardboard. It was $6.49 a sheet and Danny from Home Depot made the cut for me. Instead of doing the fancy outline like the original backing, I just did a simple square. I also bought mirror adhesive (make sure you buy CLEAR. I did not and this caused some problems) and spray paint.

Picture C

Second, I added adhesive to the frame and placed the mirror on top. I then added the newly bought backing and used clamps to keep it all together. I then decided to add screws. I just felt that the mirror was too heavy not to have screws holding all this together!

Picture D

Thirdly, I added hanging hardware (75+ pound). This mirror is heavy. Then, I added 3 coats of spray paint. I did not sand or use primer.

Picture E

I can’t hang my mirror yet. The space I want to use is temporarily unavailable. Unfortunately, what little seasonal decorating I do, is being over-run by this monstrosity of advent.  Is it Valentine’s Day yet?

Picture F

XOXO-



ASPTL



Check Out The Dalomba Days

22 comments:

The DIY Show Off said...

Christy! I love it! Spray paint is one of my best friends. This turned out gorgeous. No way it it's a $10 mirror now!

I'll be featuring your projects! I'll keep you posted!

Roeshel

Jessica Hills said...

Your mirror turned out great!

Katie@Yoga Gal said...

Ooh ooh ooh, it turned out so lovely. That mirror new would be $250 easy. Yay, spray paint!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Lovely! :) So glad you went back for it. :)

P/F said...

I am so jealous. It was really a great find.

Mimi said...

Fabulous mirror, glad that you 'saved' it!

Katherine Marie! said...

I knew you would turn that into something FABULOUS and AMAZING... seriously sweet. And I love that Halloween count down... Pottery Barn or did you make it yourself? I'm already thinking about Christmas advent. Whhoooo hooooo come one, you aren't really wishing Vday was here are you??

Miss Mustard Seed said...

That mirror is just gorgeous! I love the ornate details on the top. It's a good thing you went back to pick it up. That would've been a regret-worthy mirror.

Matt and Ashlee said...

That turned out cute!!! Great Job!

Mama Byrd said...

SHUT UP! You have to come over to see the miror I did a few post back. I LOVE THIS. I was going by our HFH store this week and I'll be looking for mirrors too! FABULOUS!

Sarah said...

ooooo i LOVE it!

Sandra said...

Oh what a pretty mirror! Love it!
Blessings,
Sandra

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

Love your mirror!! I'm so jealous. I've had my eye out for something similar for so long, and still...nothing. I thought I had found the perfect one on Craigslist, but when I called, it was already sold. :( Yours turned out great!

Mandy said...

Super pretty! Great job :)

Shanty 2 Chic said...

Love this!! What a great find...lucky you!!! Way to go!!
~Whitney

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

I'm so glad you went back for that mirror! It turned out great!!!

Jenn said...

It never ceases to amaze me the difference a coat of paint can make! Awesome transformation!

Delightful Dwelling said...

What a gorgeous mirror, it looks so lovely painted white.

Elizabeth said...

Love the white mirror! I pass on things like that all the time.Now I just might have to paint over the ugliness! Thank you for posting.

myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

wow! amazing what a little tlc can do for a piece!
looks fabulous!
gail

Sarah @ Dream In Domestic said...

The mirror is fabulous! You did a great job. It's amazing what a little paint and some elbow grease will do. I hope you show pics when you have it up!

Jennifer said...

Is this mirror plastic - oops, I mean resin, which I think is the now politically correct term....
I picked up a big scrolled oval shaped RESIN mirror at an outdoor flea a few weeks back for $5. Near perfect, all I need to do is paint it. I have seen similar one's painted white or some fun color, but I have also seen them left their original gold in some settings. I don't know what to do, still thinking.....I have an old can of "Carnation" pink enamel paint sitting around, and I am so tempted to take the fun route...I can always re-do it if it is too much "fun", ya know?