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You know when you are out shopping, or in my case thrifting, and you find something that you just have to have, only to wonder what the heck you were thinking once you got it home?  Happens to me more times than I care to admit.  These thrift store finds were only $10.00, but still, I bought them, now I need to make them pretty and useable for my home.

After sitting in my closet for a few months (the plaques, not me!  Although sometimes…), I finally pulled them out of the dark.  I experimented with different colors of paint and now they are actually hanging on my wall.  That’s a HUGE accomplishment for me!  I finished a project from start to finish that includes hanging, installing, or using it as it should be!  Whoa!  Not sure what got in to me.  I’m famous for “almost” finishing projects. 😉

Here are the mirrors as they were when I bought them. Not bad, but they were too white for my walls.

The crevices were accented with a yucky clay dirt color. Who knows, maybe that’s what it was! But it would not wash off. Not the look I wanted.  So I painted over it! 😀

I used blue tape to cover the glass mirror, then painted the plaque with leftover light blue paint. Once that was dry, I dry brushed a cream color chalk paint over the high spots. When that dried, I lightly distress the plaque with fine grid sandpaper.

I have a thing for birds these days. So I used these little guys instead of candles.

The wall color is actually a light creamy tan. I don’t do well taking pictures of mirrors. Do you use the flash, turn off the flash or do whatever the camera wants?

Really, my walls aren’t peach!

These plaques are hanging in my den/TV room.  Adds a pop of color!  See the trophy on top of the cabinet? That’s Hubby’s. He’s the poker champion of the neighborhood at the moment! 😉

 

Linked to: House on the Way

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11 responses »

  1. Laurie,

    These are beautiful. I have many-a-find sitting in my garage waiting for me to give it the love it deserves, and these mirrors are inspiring me! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Laurie, I have to admit to the same thing. We have a 3 car garage and no cars in it, part of which is my stockpile of thrifty deals. I have to say however that I don’t have to go very far for an item to refurbish and post! Maybe I should open a thrift store….hmmmm
    xoxo, Tanya 🙂

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  3. Very cute. I love the blue. I am sort of into blue all of a sudden! I’d love for you to link up and join my new blog party, Twirl & Take a Bow. I think these would be a great addition.

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  4. Fantastic job on these, you should be proud

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