This trio of mirrors has been part of my decor since I was in college. I have toyed with the idea of purging them several times, but could never bring myself to actually part with them.
Originally, the mirrors were a drab brown color…so I started with a coat of primer and then decided to test my perfect turquoise paint mix.
I loved the transformation, but the carved details were practically screaming for some glaze. I like my glaze to be heavy and dark, so I painted on a thick coat and then used a damp paper towel to wipe off some of the excess.
So, what do you have in your home that could use a little updating? Before you throw it out, give paint a chance!
Most of the time we are able to use a USPS location inside of a gas station. While convenient, we are not always given the best information since the employees are not postal workers, but rather convenient store attendants. These are some of our live and learn tips:
You CANNOT use the number on your Insured Package sticker to track your package. Yes, this number is in the same format as Delivery Confirmation numbers, and you may even be told when asking to purchase Insurance and Delivery Confirmation that you do not need both. However, the number on your Insured Package sticker only allows the Post Office to track the package in the event of a lost package claim. You will need to purchase Delivery Confirmation in order to use the Track & Confirm feature on the USPS website.
To file a claim, using USPS Insurance you may need to present the packaging for inspection. The USPS wants to make sure that the item was properly protected during shipping and that it was truly mis-handled before they pay a claim. We ask all of our customers to inspect their items upon delivery, and if they are damaged to please keep all packing materials until the claim is resolved.
If the dimensions of your package total more than 108 inches you will not be able to use a USPS location that does not accept large packages. So, for us, that means we cannot use our gas station USPS location. If you have to ship a package that exceeds 108 inches, go ahead and chop off one of your limbs…you’ll need it to pay the outrageous shipping charges. If your package is more than 130 inches you will need to use UPS or Fed Ex to ship. To calculate your total dimensions double the length and width of your package and then add those totals to the height. L x 2 + W x 2 + H
There is no such thing as too much tape, or too much bubble wrap. There can, however, be too much cardboard. If you are packaging an item to ship and you find that there is a lot of space left inside your box (after properly protecting your item), don’t be afraid to cut the box. It is possible to cut off excess cardboard to make a better box, and save yourself some money on postage. Tape and bubble wrap are very light, cardboard is heavy and bulky and can drive up the cost of shipping.
Don’t be afraid to Dumpster Dive. Shipping materials are expensive, especially cardboard boxes, foam and bubble wrap. If you know someone that lives in an apartment complex, visit them on Saturdays and drive past their cardboard dumpster on your way out. JACKPOT! You will find boxes galore, and you can even drive past other cardboard dumpsters while you’re out on the town. If you’re lucky you will find a box that contained a new item protected with foam, or bubble wrap or packing peanuts or even air pockets. We dedicate one section of our work space to found shipping materials, and it has saved the environment and our wallets!
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!