Don’t get rid of that old full length mirror just yet! Look at some of these ideas that I sampled and see if you can’t come up with a new design you like better from my full length mirror makeover.
I bought this year about sixteen years ago from Costco for $150, it was gorgeous. But as you know, our styles change every five years or so, definitely every ten years.
The chocolatey brown and gold swirls on the bulk of this frame just weren’t doing it for me anymore.
It wasn’t a big deal, but this little corner of the house felt off to me. I decided to really focus on it and ended up doing a mirror makeover to make this space feel more cohesive.
Often times color is the problem and that is such an easy fix with paint! I could have listed it on craigslist and maybe recouped some of the money, but I like the size and the style is OK. It was really the color causing the most problems.
I decided to try some paint samples out. The frame is not real wood I discovered, it’s actually just particle board. So I couldn’t sand it down and get a good raw wood look.
Now something important- if you already know, that you know, that you know that you’re going to paint the item, take the liberty to try out every paint sample you’ve got.
However, if the piece that you’re debating on is a question of whether or not to paint, DON’T TRY SAMPLES!
You really could make a mess for yourself because they can be tricky to remove.
Instead, you can use a temporary fix by taping or draping paper or fabric over it to try to get yourself the best idea of what the finished look will be without actually altering the piece before you’re ready.
That’s what I ended up doing the other night.
I originally was thinking I would just gild or “gold foil” the piece. This is an old French technique where you take ultra thin sheets of gold medal and carefully adhere them to said piece.
I started the process on the bottom of the frame and and was quickly feeling like it was just too much. Maybe it was the dramatic change and if I had given it more time I would’ve gotten used to it.
But the other thing I need to think about was the actual design going on in this particular room. It’s becoming more sophisticated and I like it in this space.
I’m trying to not let everything get too feminine in here because this is also my husband’s space.
Once I added the gilding, I gave it a quick shot of gold spray paint. Nothing much, just a light dusting. Followed by a light dusting of a chocolatey bronze spray paint.
It just wasn’t what I was going for. That’s when I started cracking open every paint sample I thought might work.
I ended up with seven options. There was a beige, a true black, a Fusion mineral paint black with a blue undertone.
I grabbed a dark gray, a light gray and the color of our walls which is a white (Silos White) from the Magnolia paint line.
Usually, I’ll let something sit around for a week while I make up my mind but I instantly saw which one it was. Any guesses?
Well, if you guessed true black, you’d would be right.
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I’m very happy with the finished look, I feel like this full length mirror makeover brought this piece in line with my vision for this room.
I can even see little brushstrokes, which makes this piece look more like it is real wood. You can see “wood grain” and that was an added surprise!
So, what little piece in your home needs a slight makeover? Will you paint or not paint?