I love floor length mirrors. Perhaps my obsession with Versailles has something to do with it. Seriously, is there anything more beautiful than the Hall of Mirrors? I also love a great find. Unfortunately floor length mirrors and a good find rarely go hand in hand. But then, suddenly, I was lucky enough to come across not one, but two of these matches made in heaven! Now, do I need TWO floor length mirrors? No, not really, but they are such a rare occurrence and I could not pass them up lest the thrifty gods grow angry ;)
I have also always been hopeful that I would one day come across a large easel to beautifully display a large chalkboard, you know just in case I have something important to announce to the world in chalkboard fashion. Well when I brought these two mirrors home and began pondering about
I excitedly got started ASAP (which is the only speed I know). I removed the mirror portion and set out to upcycle this fabulous mirror. I was so dang excited to get started that I didn't even stop to take a before pic. It was just your standard oak floor length mirror from the 80's. It didn't require any structural work so it was a relatively easy enough task to upcycle it into my dreamy vision.
The mirror had a nice plywood back that I simply primed and sprayed with chalkboard paint. I just LOVE chalkboard spray paint. You would be amazed at what that little can can improve. All that was left to do was layered on Miss Mustard Seed's beloved milk paint and sealed it all up with wax. I used three layers of her paint: Artissimo as the base layer, Dried Lavender for the middle layer, and Linen on top. I have a huge issue differentiating between some blues and purples (I still swear the Vikings are wearing blue, so my purple pride is a bit confused) so this to me looks a bit like a pale, pale blue. I am attributing this to the fact that I didn't wait long between the layers and that Artissimo has a lovely bluish hue to begin with. Either way I simply am in love with the final color all the layering surprised me with!
I cannot wait to use it for my kiddos birthdays, daily inspirations, holiday quotes, tic-tac-toe, Pictionary, hangman, you name it!
My only problem is what to do with the leftover mirror portion. So far it is keeping my treadmill company and that situation is seriously just asking for a disaster to occur. I am terrified of breaking it into pieces to fit it in the trash bin for fear of those 7 long years of bad luck...any suggestions?? 5 Comments