As an avid yard sale shopper, I look for unique things that I can envision fitting into a space in my home and sometimes other people’s homes. This large, ornate gold mirror was one of those things I almost passed on but then decided that for $20 it was too great and took it home. The frame was PLASTIC! But then, who cares?? It’s pretty! Of course, if you have been following me at all since I started this blog, you will know that I paint a lot! Most items will get a new look with just a little white paint.
I looked around my house and couldn’t find a spot to put this mirror but at the time I got it, my son and his wife were purchasing a new home and I knew the perfect spot for it. Out comes the white paint from the stash in the garage and the transformation begins.
First, I completely covered the frame with a couple coats of satin white paint from Lowes. You could use any color but I’m in a white mode right now. Then after it was dry, I took a small piece of sandpaper and lightly “distressed” some of the detail. This gives it just more of worn, older look and allows some of the gold to show through as in the photo below.
When I was finished, I brought the mirror over and hung it in their dining room. It was the perfect place and reflects the light and crystals in the chandelier.
Don’t you just love their elegant French Chic dining room?!!
Practically Palm Beach was specifically created to show you how to save money decorating your home and to share money-saving tips in general. This post will focus on how to repurpose a beautiful frame you may already have. If you are like me, you have a couple saved in the garage that you just could not part with.
Below is a framed oil painting that I bought at a yard sale in our neighborhood several years ago for only $25. It is a very large frame measuring 48″ x 36″ on the inside. The frame was originally painted gold and it didn’t quite fit into my style at the time so I painted it black and rubbed a little silver rub on the edges.
I always loved the large ornate frame, but after several years I just didn’t want the painting any more. I sold the painting at my yard sale, but kept the super large frame. If you have ever gone to a store to get a picture framed you already know that a frame this size would be hundreds of dollars! So I stored it in my garage until I could come up with a plan for it later.
One day while shopping on our local Swip Swap Facebook page, I noticed someone was giving away a mirror that they had removed from their bathroom wall. It just happened to be the exact size that I needed 36″ x 48″. Wow! I immediately contacted the person and said I was on my way. I decided to paint the frame white as I am trying to brighten up everything in my house. My husband then helped secure the mirror with some mirror tabs on the back. I will tell you that we had to do just a little whittling of wood on the back of the frame to get the mirror to fit in just right. I love mirrors which became my next problem. Where do I hang it? I searched around my house and the only place I could find was to remove a picture I had in my bedroom and replace it with the large mirror. Here it is in my bedroom (with the reflection blotted out). I can only imagine how much you would have to spend on a mirror this size at a retail store.
The other idea for a frame you just can’t let go of is to create a chalkboard to hang inside your door, in your kitchen or even at your place of business. For this project, I bought a piece of thin board from the local hardware box store and had my husband cut it to size. Then using chalkboard paint, I simply painted a few coats on it with a small sponge roller. Each season gets new text. My handwriting needs a lot of help, but I don’t worry about it too much. Pinterest is great for getting chalkboard ideas for every season.
Below are three other frames that I made into chalkboards and and sold. It’s fun to have a chalkboard to write notes on or just to be creative on. A customer hung the last one in her salon and shared this picture with me. Have you tried making one yet?