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Making An Old Mirror Older {#Distressing, #Shabby}

This is one of those projects that has been on my list forever...and now I wondered why I waited so long to finish it. I now love the touch of blue in my entry hall.

This is the mirror that goes with the dresser I finished in August. Since the dresser went into my dining room to act as buffet...I pulled the mirror off to use it in my entry hall.

I cleaned off the mirror really well with an all-purpose cleaner and taped it up. I used plain masking tape since it seems to "bend" a little easier with all the curves in the mirror.

This may seem completely unconventional {and I've never done a project with this method...or lack thereof}, but I purposely didn't do a bit of prep {besides the cleaning}.  I knew I would be sanding the heehaw out of it and I wanted that texture that already existed in the above photo to remain on the piece. If I had pre-sanded and primed, I would have lost the texture that took decades to get onto that thing.

All painted up. {I know you're shocked, but I used my color of blue that's everywhere in my house...we just now call it "Oops Blue" since the original can I bought was a $5 can of "Oops Paint"...and that was like five cans ago.

I used my palm sander and went to town.
This was an easy job. It was shabby {again} in less than five minutes.

This is just a quick tip to use with your drill. We did this when we attached the hardware to the back of the mirror for hanging. This is our version of a make-shift depth gauge...or, you know, masking tape. We just taped the bit to the depth of the wood we were drilling into, so as not to drill through to the front.

Just stop drilling when you reach the tape!

Hung in the entryway.

I usually don't weather pieces quite this much, but this piece just needed this, IMO.
I really love the detail and how it's highlighted by all of the peeling paint.

This is how it looks in my entry hall.
Those are my Goodwill lamps that I transformed a while back. Click here for that tutorial.
I'm really excited about how it all turned out!

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  1. What an wonderful transformation, Kristi! I love the color and all the weathering - it's perfect! Great job! Pinning!

  2. Wow! I love the distressed look. Great job!

  3. Your entry looks so great!


  4. Awesome project!! I've been lusting after mirrors with that color of blue (or very similar!) lately & I think I'm just about tired of "thinkin' about it"...I think it's time to take action! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  5. I love it, great job! Distressed to perfection!


  6. Beautiful mirror! Looks great in that space! Great compliment to your fall decor :)

  7. This mirror is absolutely beautiful. I adore the transformation!

  8. it is simply beautiful! You are an artist, Kristi!

    hugs ~ Crystelle

  9. Oh Kristi - this turned out just gorgeous!
    Beautiful transformation!

  10. I love all the distressing. Such a beautiful mirror, Kristi!

  11. You did a good job. It seems easy enough.