I told you earlier this week that I'd found something at our local thrift store that I was kind of excited about.
(I know. It's a thing of rare beauty.
Those arrows! That garish gold! The faux graining of the cardboard-esque frame! Who could pass it up?)
I've actually had my eye on it for a long time now. It was finally discounted enough that I could stomach the price. Sometimes our thrift store is not all that thrifty.
Here's the nice thing. The backing unscrews and the mirror pops right out. The arrows popped right off, too. (I saved them. It's uncertain whether I'll ever need two decorative metal arrows, permanently crossed. But should the occasion arise, I am prepared.)
The bottom of the frame was really dinged up. And it really is made out of some sort of cardboard type of material. I didn't want the paint to get soaked up and cause those spots to swell, so I covered them with spackle.
I didn't try to fix it cosmetically. I thought once the frame was painted those spots wouldn't show that much.
I put two coats of spray primer on the frame, and added some wood appliques that I thought were prettier than the arrows. I used construction adhesive to stick them on, and I was so proud of myself for measuring. I usually just eyeball it, but that could have ended up looking stupid.
Once the adhesive was dry, I painted the whole thing with two coats of white paint in an eggshell finish.
I'd say that's an improvement over the arrows.
I had originally planned on keeping this a mirror, but when my vinyl came from
I realized the frame was just about perfect for it. (besides, how many trumeau mirrors does one woman really need? Well, several, but it's beside the point) So I painted the backing and applied the vinyl. I had also planned on painting the frame two colors, but this little voice kept quietly saying "Keep it simple." (you know that voice~the one that's almost always right? I need to listen to her more. Because she was right! But she's usually drowned out by another louder and slightly manic voice who screams things like "more scrolly things on top! Aqua and black with silver rubbed on would look GREAT on that frame! Make a little vinyl flourish for the bottom!!! Eat another cookie!!!" That wench, I should ignore more often.)
Then we hung it in our laundry room.
(My favorite room of the house.)
I like to go in there and look at my laundry sign. Sometimes, I even do laundry!
Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!