lifestyle / 07/03/2010

mirror painting

I received a gorgeous mirror last year from my mother in law. What I love about it is the frame work / border, except that it was gold & black and the general colour scheme in my house is silver & black.

So off I went to Builders Warehouse (I love the store!) to pick up some paint, brushes and turps. This was last year but I only got around to doing it this weekend.

Before:

After:

I initially wasn’t happy with the results because paint looks different after it dries. It also looked much better after the second coat.

Now that it’s complete, this is what I should have done differently:

> Used masking tape to make a border on the actual mirror (I didn’t have any, was too lazy to go out and buy some)
> Propped the mirror on a flat surface face up, instead of standing upright.

We live and learn.

After reading this article a few days ago, I decided that I really want to restore old furniture as a hobby. Although, I don’t exactly have old furniture lying around, but will see what I can scout around to upcycle.



Nafisa Akabor
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  • Looks nice. I painted my room at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning! Busy doing a cheap up-grade/re-model as part of this months challenge 🙂 You’ll hear/read about it soon enough 🙂

  • Google for Duplicolor, we stock it – a textured spray coating which gives a rough grainy type effect. might be nice to get a grungy gothy texture. – will hook you up a can when we return to za land.

  • Azra – will look out for it and take pics! 😉

    Naeem – I just did, and looks very interesting. I like the grainy effect. Sweet, thanks 🙂

  • This is lovely!!!
    I saw some inspiration over the weekend on these scoop chairs.
    I just want to get back to SA and try them on my mum-in-law’s old chairs that nobody wants to use anymore.

    I think that DIY Diva’s runs a short course on furniture restoration, but I’m not 100% sure.
    You should look it up 🙂

  • Very cool this. We have an old chair that could do with some work. We’ll compare notes when I return.

  • Fatima – thanks! Would love to see what you do with it too.
    I will find out some more info, thanks for the heads up 🙂

    Saaleah – thank you. Hmmm sounds interesting. Curious to know what type of chair. Looking forward to it!

  • It’s a really boring piece; light wood, the seat and back rest upholstered in a beige fabric. It was in the tv room, easy to miss:) I want to stain the wood really dark and re-upholster it something wacky.

  • a bit gothic eh but I do like it

  • Asief

    Hey this is really cool, i once repainted my dinning table and chairs black with blue ‘x’s and o’s.

    Just like the tic tak toe game:)

  • sweeeeeeet 🙂