Sunday, March 25, 2012

DIY: The Baroque Mirror

I have long obsessed over the baroque-style Angelique Mirror at ZGallerie. However, I do not feel right spending a whopping $399 on a mirror merely because I'm coveting it (my reflection really isn't worth that). So rather, I just have been on the lookout for the last year or so for a similar style that I could redress to make my own.
Finally, during a trip to Goodwill in January- the search was over. Right in front of my very eyes was a baroque-style mirror for 20 bucks. Sold, sold and sold!

The entire mirror needed TLC: the frame needed sanding, it needed attachments to mount it to the wall (and given its odd frame, no way it could lean on anything safely without buckling under pressure) and it certainly needed a new paint job. Luckily, I was up for the challenge.
 {^the before. We removed the mirror before spraying it against a drop-cloth}

First I ran to Home Depot to get my new color. I used the Rust-Oleum Professional Spray Paint which cost just under 6 bucks. Then, I carted the mirror and the supplies to my Dad's house (per the usual when I paint anything, they have a garage with everything ready to go). Obviously, we unscrewed the mirror from the frame prior to any spraying. Then, I sanded down any rough edges, windexed everything and THEN got to spraying.

I did 4 coats of black from different angles and waited 30 minutes inbetween each coat. Finally, I then let it dry overnight in their garage. When I returned the next day, I said hello to the dog, grabbed my now black mirror and headed on home.


Before hanging, I had to return to the hardware store and purchase a kit which would allow the mirror to mount as it had nothing on the back with which to hang. The steel cord was a little tricky but I had it all put together in about 30 minutes utilizing my basic tool kit and some patience...


Ta-dah, my little Z-Gallerie-inspired mirror was done:
















 
{^the entry way of my apartment. the bowl houses the keys and work IDs. The Rhino does nothing but I love him. I think I just have a thing for ceramic animals...}

So though I need to mess with the adjacent picture frames and place them a little differently (and wish so badly I could paint that wall gray...), I'm loving that my lackluster gold thrift store mirror was easily transformed into a chic addition for my wall.

| Spray Paint: 6 bucks | Mirror: 20 bucks | Mounting pack: 8 bucks |
TOTAL= $34.00


Happiest of Mondays to you!
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33 comments:

Mandy @ In the Fashion Lane said...

Girl...you ALMOST make me want to go antiquing! Haha. You have the BEST luck ever. I actually like your mirror better than the Z gallerie one! You always do such a great job!

Nicole Marie said...

it looks great!!!

rinniez said...

impressed, doesnt even begin to cover what i am right now. holy moly you have some DIY skill right there, loving all the pieces you've created! is this in the same room as the bar cart? :) xx

Lindsey @ The Hill House said...

It looks great! I wish I had your talent to spot things and DIY them to something awesome! I see pictures that I love, but I'm never able to recreate them. :( Excellent job!!

Panty Buns said...

Greetings from a master of stray thoughts. I love mirrors even at the times they don't love me - I'm usually checking out either my face, hair, or bottom in them. Looking at the photos of the baroque mirror and your work on it I had the following stray thoughts: Is that your dad on the right side of the second set of images? I think I'm older than he is. I've spent most of my life living in really old houses surrounded by antiques yet being lost in my own mind am usually oblivious to them. I really should appreciate them more and maybe clean some of the dust off them too. Actually I may have become an antique on the way to fossildom. Does your dad have a partially black drop cloth now? Did he play the Rolling Stones song "Paint It Black" in the background while you were painting it?

Your project turned out well and was a real bargain. It's pretty and fits in beautifully with the rest of the decor. Is that an exit door to the right of it? Just wondering because if it is the mirror's in a good spot for a last minute check of your hair and makeup on the way out.

Have a great week!

Slamdunk said...

What a great find Miss Caitlin. We browse the thrift stores here looking for treasures as well--looks like u snagged that one before we did.

momto8 said...

you must just love it!!!! definitely worth more than $34!!
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Bonnie said...

I had no idea that I could DIY this! I love baroque mirrors, but I would spend $400 on a pair of shoes or a handbag before I would on a mirror.

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Bravoe Runway said...

Caitlin, you did an amazing job again!!! I am really impressed the bar cart was fantastic and now this mirror? I love it, and you saved a lot of money by doing this yourself. I had no idea that the mirror at zgallerie was $400! Very nicely done and enjoy!

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Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

What a steal for 34$ and so much fun. I love the gothic quality.

emily☆ said...

That mirror is fantastic!!! I love Good Will finds like that!

Kara said...

Once again I am in awe of your creativity! This looks amazing! Definitely better than $400 :)

I love that you have a vision and then you put the elbow grease in to make it happen. You're my hero!

Cat said...

Love your mirror makeover ... looks crazy fab!!!! xxCat

Ann On and On... said...

Great purchase....great price...

in HER shoes said...

you are the queen of dyi coolness! like i said before, if i really put myself into it, i'd probably save more money and get my artistic skills back on track. however, my lazy ass always wins in things like these ... (shaking my head)

Jax said...

That is awesome!! Girl, you are so crafty and talented when it comes to DIYs. I can't do any of that. I'd be the dunce that dumped the 400 bucks. ;) lol

this free bird said...

You friggin killed it. ZGallerie can suck it!! I LOVE YOUR DIYS. No nuts and bolts involved. WOOT!

| C AND C | Sarmin said...

I swear all of your DIYs just amazes me, & this is no different. Great job Miss. C! It looks freakin' awesome. & deff way more than $34.

xo SARMIN

Erika said...

Seriously Caitlin, you should have become an interior decorator. You have such an eye for beauty, and always seem to effortlessly transform older pieces into new gems. LOVE this mirror - it has so much personality! :)

Tarah said...

It looks great and the entry way is the perfect place for a grand mirror. Good job!

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Elle Sees said...

I did something similar with an ikea frame last year. Of course now they make in a mirror instead. Grr.

drollgirl said...

it looks SO AWESOME!!! i love it! and all for $34! eff z gallerie! yours is way better!!!!!

femmefrugality said...

Awesome! You've got a keen eye for stuff like this. Looks really really great.

Clara Turbay said...

i enjoy this blog.

Tangled In Texas said...

Seriously? You are amazing. Can you just come to Goodwill with me b/c obvs I have never found something as awesome as that. Looks fantastic!

t said...

Cool DIY!

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Lynn said...

This is such a great DIY! The mirror is perfect for a black gloss finish, I love it.

Lynn
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CutestPrincess said...

nice random photos again... nice post!

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Kaitlyn Yoo said...

It looks great!
I recently did DIY cosmetics organizer.
Hope you enjoy it too :)
http://pinkbowicecream.blogspot.com/2012/03/diymake-up-organizer.html

Kaitlyn Yoo said...

It looks great!
I recently did DIY cosmetics organizer.
Hope you enjoy it too :)
http://pinkbowicecream.blogspot.com/2012/03/diymake-up-organizer.html

Patti Graveley said...

love the result! it looks amazing and super chic!

Ocean Dreams said...

Wow I love how it turned out - you did an amazing job!! I have one of these but it's a cheepie and I miss it. It's in my storage room. Boo. Love how you placed it in your space and ahhh I get a glimpse of you and the boy's home sweet home!