Monday, December 23, 2013

From Drab to Fab

For the past few weeks, I've been trying to turn my apartment into a really bright, enjoyable, and comfy space. Most of my furniture was gleaned from my parents basement and old living room. Much of it is very dark and heavy -- not my idea of bright and enjoyable! I've been working to pick up a few pieces of my own as well as rehabbing some of the items I have.

I've been staring at THIS ugly mirror for about two years now. My mom picked it up at a flea market and passed it on to me. I love the size and the shape of it, but the color was just not doing it for me...

 I thought this would be a great candidate for some spray paint. First, I covered the mirror with painter's tape - the perfectionist in me had too much fun using my new Xacto knife to cut the edges. Next, I sprayed two coats of Kilz Original primer - the spray paint version. The first coat provided moderate coverage and after the second, I had a nice white mirror.

[mirror after two coats of primer]

*I should mention this is my first spray painting venture. I then applied two thin coats of Krylon Gloss White spray paint to add a nice shine.  

[post-spray paint]

I'm extremely happy with how the results turned out! Much better than the inherited brown-y brass color this mirror was before. And super excited with how my first turn with spray paint went! The whole project was super easy and only took about an hour (excluding drying time). Just this small change will brighten up my apartment immensely - and looks great over my "new" bar cart! 

[bar cart post coming soon!]

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