Mirror Mirror on the Wall…


I found a heavy, large {57″ x 37″}, antique, ornate mirror in the front yard of a stranger’s house, sitting up, facing the street. So, what do I do, you ask? I knocked on the door and asked the nice stranger-lady to sell it to me for 20 bucks. Yes, 20 bucks! She was indeed selling it and happy to take my cash. So, with 3 cans of paint {mainly because of trial and error}, I ended up with this gorgeous stunner! What do you think???


The 3 spray paint cans I used are Valspar Gloss Black, Krylon {not my favorite brand} Satin Oil Rubbed Bronze, and Rust-oleum {favorite brand} Metallic Aged Copper. The black and the oil rubbed bronze were both too black. The copper looked too cheap. But with the oil rubbed bronze painted on first, I then rubbed the copper on the raised areas with a cloth. It gave the mirror depth and an aged look. It even made it look silver. It’s so amazing what a little paint can do!

I love it! Now, I just need to change the mantel….*sigh* {que new DIY project}

Oh, and here is a mirror I found on Amazon that is somewhat comparable. It retails for $340 and it is smaller. Hmmmm….$20 + paint or $340. You decide!



4 Responses to “Mirror Mirror on the Wall…”

  1. Rachel says:

    It looks fantastic!! Holy cow!! And I’ve been tempted more than one time to snag something from someone’s sidewalk during bulk trash pick-up day, haha. The husband is always SO embarrassed when I ask him to drive me around to check out what people are getting rid of. And that mirror is such a steal! Really – a similar one retails for $340?! Crazy!! We bought bar stools from Craigslist for $60 total, and later found out they retailed for $300 a piece. I was too excited.

    • Yvearl says:

      Aren’t those the BEST finds?!! There is something very satisfying in turning someone’s “junk” into a wonderful treasure. I have a friend that was moving and collecting cardboard boxes. She stopped to grab someone’s “trash” for the box and found more than she bargained for. Inside was a full set of Lenox Blue Ridge discontinued china!

      Crazy what people throw out! :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. brenda says:

    What a great makeover; and what a good deal; $20 compared to the $340 + paint! The best deal I ever got was some Noritake china I bought at a thrift store. I paid $30 for the set and it was on Amazon for hundreds of dollars. I don’t recall exactly how much it was worth, but much more than what I paid for it.

    • Yvearl says:

      Thanks, Brenda! Noritake china on the dime sounds divine! It takes some time combing through those thrift stores, but can be well worth it! Love it!!


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