Friday, January 21, 2011

Thrift Store, Umm, Mirror?

I told you earlier this week that I'd found something at our local thrift store that I was kind of excited about.
It's this.
(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!

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55 comments:

philben5 said...

I think if my laundry room looked more like that, I would enjoy myself a little more! Love the framed art!
Blessings
Roxanne

NanaDiana said...

Gee...I dunno Suzanne-I kinda miss the crossed arrows myself...Bwhahahaha...LOVE IT! Did NOT see the finished product coming. You are clever beyond belief! Another great job! Hugs- Diana

Buttercup and Bee said...

Laundry envy here! I would so love your little room.

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

great find! I'm not sure I would have even seen the beauty in that! I love, love, love it! You really made it into a work of art.
gail

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

TOTAL FREAKOUT GOING ON HERE! WOW DO I LOVE IT!
Thank Goodness you kept the stunning pair of arrows! When you start seeing "Look how I decorated my crossed metal arrows!" posts all over blogland you will knock um dead.
Now...go eat a cookie,
Beth

The Boston Lady said...

I love it! And your "door shelf" below. You are a creative wench. Ann

{northern cottage} said...

just the best - love that little wooden ironing board and your buckets too...yum

C'est Magnifique said...

OMG Suzanne! I love it... I want one!! I know what you mean about that annoying voice! LOL!

Tania

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

So nice, pretty, and tidy your laundry area. Great job on seeing the potential your mirror had.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Okay, this cracked me up. That stupid voice must like to travel because it's always over here too. And I must say it's very pushy when it comes to cookies.

The frame turned out great. Reminds me of my ugly duck frame but yours is a nice size. And mines still a mirror. And it's gray. Okay, so there's nothing alike except the original ugliness. But now it's gorgeous so that's all that matters. And it looks great in the laundry room. Now go wash some towels would ya?

Sara @ thesherlockshome said...

Looks great! I love that you used it with the vinyl.

As for the crossed arrows - paint them, and mount them on on a heart with cupids decoupaged on it and instant Valentine's decoration. ;-)

Claire said...

Wow-I really love this-what a cool idea-you are so very creative-That would be my favorite room too!-Claire

Allison@FabRehab said...

Man, that turned out amazing! I love it!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is awesome!!!! i love it, suzanne!

House Revivals said...

Oh, good grief! I laughed so loud reading this post, even the dog left the room. That same wench tells me to eat another cookie, and do other crazy stuff, too! On a serious note, your not a trumeau mirror is amazing! What a transformation. And I love that you used an old door as a counter top!
~Amanda

Amy Kinser said...

That is positively perfect!

Lolo said...

So cool Suzanne (as usual!). Our thrift stores have been getting quite pricey as well. WTF?! I guess they are trying to cash in on the vintage trend? Love that you didnt keep the mirror....the trumeau sign goes perfect with your old door countertop!
Happy Friday dear :)

XOX

ps - maybe you could do a Valentine's Day craft with those arrows? Hehehe

Tara said...

That is a fabulous transformation..Love it!..xx

poindextr said...

oh wow - that was a surprise ending. i was totally expecting to see the mirror, but i love the finished product, very appropos for the utility room!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I just love it, fantastic job!

It's Just Me said...

Ohh Suzanne, you nailed it, lol. What a perfect frame for your vinyl piece : ) Looks sooooo cute. How many times do ya sit and read it as your doing the 100th load of laundry that week? That's how I feel, lol. Beautiful job !!!

Benn's Wife said...

That really turned out nicely. So cute, and I like how it looks in your laundry room.

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Oh this is so cute! You have great vision. Love this project!

-Danielle

jandjhome said...

So cute! My laundry room is a mess of shelves and junk. I wish I had the space to do something so pretty.

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Ooooo... I really like this! So much so, I want to copy you :) Thanks for the inspiration. I've become somewhat addicted to the vinyl lettering. It looks great!

Have a great weekend!
~Michelle :)

Junker Newbie Stephanie said...

I can't believe the transformation! Genius!
Thanks for sharing, especially for being so kind to detail out the steps you went through for us :-)

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

Another wonderful transformation. Had to laugh at the voice of the manic wench. She visits here too, quite often. Only she insists I eat more candy. (and tells me to pick up more junk too)
Your laundry room looks fabulous and reminds me I need to go finish mine!

Amber said...

I really love it Suzanne! And I like your restraint. :) It looks perfect in just white. Someone else mentioned that door shelf- which looks awesome. What color is it painted?

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

love it suzanne!!!!! i need to tackle my laundry room... well it's really a laundry closet. that is a CUTE idea. love what you have been up to! thanks for stopping by today :)

Caroline said...

What a transformation....looks great.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

This is so cute!Such an awesome transformation!

Ali @ Honey and Maple Syrup said...

It turned out really cute! Maybe you could use those arrows for a valentine's day projects, hehehe.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Suzanne, What an improvement! The sign is adorable.

Ⓙaη @ ฿◎ßßƴ℘ḯη❝﹩ ℬ◎aґdẘαʟк ツ said...

Suzanne, you have such a wonderful gift of being able to see very extraordinary goodies from quite ordinary items. Another great project!

FlyAwayHome said...

How cute is THAT and how creative you are.

Suveliina said...

Hello Suzanne!!

Sorry for not being so active with blogging lately. We got home last Monday and it has been really hectic since then. I've missed couple of you posts but luckily I can find them on your blog. I just love the things you have done. They are stunning. You are so creative. I love it!!! I hope you will have a great start to this new week!!

Take care

Suvi

Sam said...

That is just the cutest thing I've seen in ages (well, since I saw your last project anyway). WTG, I love it!

Sue said...

ooooh, I think that keeping this simple was THE way to go w/this transformation, Suzanne! The added embellishment and the vinyl were genius. This is one great re-do. :-)
~ Sue

Laurel said...

Love how it turned out...great vision! And I know that other "voice", she is so hard to ignore...especially that cookie thought :)
Have a great week, Laurel@chippingwithcharm

Jen T said...

Congrats on your win at Primitive & Proper! I love the sign..you did a beautiful job! JenT

Polly said...

Wow! That is just toooooo adorable!! Come decorate my laundry room!! It needs help!! :-)

Susan...myhomeroad.blogspot.com said...

Love your stuff! I'm a follower! Check me out :)
Susan
myhomeroad.blogspot.com

Wendy said...

Uh-mazing! LOL! That thing was hideous before, can you imagine proudly hanging that in your house?! But the after is very lovely!

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Brilliant!

Becky @ I Burned The Brownies said...

Wow! Turned out great! Found you over at Sassy Sites. New follower!!

wonderfullyflo.com said...

Brilliant! That is VERY inspiring!

Rebecca@This Present Life said...

What a transformation! I will definitely have to keep an eye out for a stylish, old mirror at my thrift store (although I doubt I'll be able to find one quite as stylish as yours in it's original beauty!).

Visiting from POWW!

Lisa said...

That looks fantastic! I'd be going in and out of the room staring at it too! From what I can see the laundry room looks gorgeous.

Meg said...

You never cease to amaze me! That looks fantastic! And, your SHELF in your laundry room amazes me, I bet the whole thing looks fabulous! I'm having a giveaway for a FREE gallon of paint...hope you can join! alittleknickknack.blogspot.com

Susan...myhomeroad.blogspot.com said...

Nice Suzanne,
Glad you got rid of the arrows!
Beautiful job!
Susan

Kim said...

It is amazing how something so ugly can be so pretty ..... awesome job!!

oops! said...

I love it! Talented you are!

Serendipity Chic Design said...

AMAZING idea.....That is a fab before and after...

Take care,
Lisa

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Too dang cute! I know I woulda walked right past that 'thing' in the thrift store. Great vision! And I know about that voice. I have a couple, which makes it awfully noisy in my pea braing!

Would love for you to drop by this weekend and join Passion for Paint!

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Shabby Marilyn said...

Great idea, and love it when laundry rooms look so fab, like yours! We do spend a lot of time in there!
Enjoyed going through your blog!

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