I've started work on the collection of things that desperately need makeovers. Here is the first piece. It's a mirror.
The mirror story. Unfortunately, I do not have a "before" photograph of the mirror. Imagine, if you will, a chocolate-brown version of the pure white one below. I bought the chocolate-brown, 24-inch (60 cm) diameter mirror six-ish years ago, hugely discounted at our local Pier 1 Imports. I didn't like it when I bought it. It was the roundness combined with the cheapness that made me do it. Had it been square, I never would have bought the thing. But, as I was into round things at the time of purchase, it fit the bill. I forked over the dough, and left with a looking-glass for which I harboured very little fondness.
Fast-forward to a year ago-ish. I gave the mirror several coats of white paint as above. Still, I didn't love it. Oh, it was okaaay... But it didn't speak to me. It had no "oomph". Disheartened, I left it. Until this past Wednesday.
This past Wednesday, I couldn't take it anymore. I broke out my acrylic paints. Painted all the dots and divets. Stained it with a black stain. Sanded it by hand. Repainted some of the dots and divets. Applied a second layer of stain. Nothing worked. Out of frustration, I took the power sander to it. It was a bold move. But it needed doing.
The sander gave it an edge. A warm patina. Which is more like it! Now I have a mirror that I appreciate. It's playful, it's swank. You know, I actually really like how it turned out. Is there a lesson here? Don't give up maybe? There's potential in everything perhaps? Definitely. These are lessons I keep having to re-learn but what good lessons they are. I am glad I kept the mirror. And now, there's only one like it in the world. Bo-nus!
Alrighty, well I'm off. Have yourself a weekend of delights. I'll see you Monday!
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