Found this mirrored tray at a local thrift store for $3. Score! I have been looking for a way to contain the jewelry I take off at the end of the day when I don’t exactly feel like putting it away.
I am not a fan of gold, so normally I wouldn’t give this tray a second look. But knowing the magical powers of spray paint I was able to look past its current condition.
I have read on other DIY sites that spray paint is “easily removed from mirrors and glass” using glass cleaner. However, it is NOT true.
Since mirrors aren’t usually glued to their frames, the best approach is to slide newspaper in between the frame and the mirror and then tape the newspaper down in the middle. It is a lot easier than taping all the way around and since the newspaper isn’t sticky you can slide it further under the frame to prevent any paint from bleeding onto the mirror.
The color I chose was Krylon’s Ocean Breeze. However, once I was done painting the piece just looked too new and way too bright.
I gave the frame a nice thick coat of glaze, waited about two minutes and wiped off the excess glaze with a cotton cloth.
The glaze toned down the bright paint and highlighted all of the etching in the metal frame.
All it took was a little paint, and the difference is like night and day.
Remember, It Doesn’t Have to Be New to be Awesome!
I’m sure you’ve all heard the old adage, “it takes a village.” Well, I think it applies to having a successful business as much as raising a child!
I know that anyone who has their own Etsy shop will tell you that it is a lot of work, but it is very rewarding. What I have found is that everyone I talk to seems to know something that I don’t (imagine that). Everyone has little tidbits of information, and secrets to share!
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When Nic picked up this piece at a local thrift store I thought she had surely lost it. It’s obvious that someone else had attempted to give this old medicine cabinet a face lift…and failed.
Unsure of what to do, this piece sat in the corner of the garage for months. Truthfully this was the first piece that we purchased, and by far in the worst shape.
When Nic chose to tackle this piece the first thing that she did was take it apart and give it a fresh coat of white paint.
Remember that white paint, like primer, takes a little more shaking than most spray paints. If you haven’t shook the can enough, you will notice a rough looking finish — almost as if there is lint in your paint.
Because we did not like the ridge detail in the doors of the medicine cabinet, we chose to use fabric to cover the inserts to the doors. All you have to do is lay down the insert and trace the shape on the fabric.
Nic used spray adhesive to apply the fabric to the inserts of the doors as well as the exposed back of the medicine cabinet.
Keep in mind that the inserts have to fit back into the door’s frame. So, while it may seem easier to wrap the fabric around the insert, you will need to cut the front and back pieces individually.
We like to use styrofoam to secure decorative screws and knobs for painting. Save the styrofoam from meat and produce purchases and when you’re ready to paint pop the screws and knobs through the styrofoam and you won’t have to worry about them rolling away or having to turn them over to paint both sides.
If your piece was wobbly and unstable, be sure to address issues such as stripped screws or holes that may need to be filled during reassembly.
Our cabinet was a little wobbly, but when we reassembled the piece it was good as new. We used dots of hot glue to ensure that our inserts stayed in place and secured strings and frayed pieces of material with spray adhesive and a butter knife.