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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Frame Me Up a.k.a. My First Time Spray Painting

I have another shocking "first" to share with you.  I've never spray painted before!  The impetus that caused me to pick up a can of spray paint for the very first time was the sad state of my bathroom mirrors in the guest and ensuite bathrooms.  They were ordinary plate mirrors that were glued to the wall.  Removing them for fancy-pants framed mirrors would have meant smashing them off the wall.  And I very much wanted some way of fancying up the bathrooms as neither of them had windows and so no natural light source.
Here is the guest bathroom mirror as it's former unadorned self:

I purchased two lengths of moulding,  a can of Rustoleum Spray Paint in Hammered Silver and a tube of adhesive from Home Depot.  Total cost was under $30.  As it was my very first time, my technique got better as I went along.  Long, even, sweeps worked well.  I did find that, more than 2 coats, and the hammered effect was lost.
Here are both mirrors all fancied  and framed up:


For under $30, this is a whole lot of fancy.

After it was all done, I admit I had a Titanic moment when I wanted to shout "I'm Queen of the World!" whilst waving victoriously the spray can in one hand.   But this could have been the paint fumes talking.  My euphoria almost equalled the high I felt on using a power tool (an electric staple gun) for the very first time which you can read about here.  Sigh, another milestone reached.  I wonder what's next?

And if you want to know how is it that there are so many "firsts" with me then go to the "About L'Heure Bleue At Home" tab wherein you will learn all about a 6'4" man throwing a tantrum in my living room, my vintage things hanging their heads in shame and 70's brown polyester curtains.


Betsy said...

This is such a great transformation. It would have cost a fortune to buy a mirror that looks this good. You go girl!

Mel said...

Fantastic! What a difference. Bravo!

Susan said...

What a great job you did on those mirrors! Very clever, since you couldn't move them. Love the frames, and your blog is terrific.
- Susan

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

What a great idea! You did a wonderful job!!

adventuresindinner said...

Great job! I love a quickie redo project, especially when it reaches only the $30.00 mark.

Modern Country Lady said...

You ARE queen of the world, it's a fantastic job you did here, can you come over and do my mirrors too?:-)
Thanks also so very, very much for your kind comments and love for Gibson, my cat, on my latest blogpost.I can't tell you how much it means to have such comments.Thank you.

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