from splinter to… Splendid

Dresser Mirror Makeover

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This was my only purchase last weekend. Originally, this mirror attached to a dresser. I bought it after someone had added the feet on the bottom to make it free standing. It is now on my daughter’s dresser and she loves admiring herself in it.

After I brought it home, I took it apart for easier painting. The brackets that hold the mirror on and make it swivel were covered in rust. I soaked those in vinegar with a little salt for 3 days while I worked on painting it. Of course, it was dirty so I had to clean it before I painted. I taped off the mirror so I would not have to scrape paint of and risk scratching it. I then added a step that I do not always have to do. I painted a coat of Bulls Eye Clear Shellac. I was afraid the stain on the feet would bleed through the chalky paint and this step will prevent that from happening. Since I had it out, I went ahead and Shellaced it all. Shellac dries very quick (15-20 minutes). I painted 3 coats of Valspar Chalky Paint in Kids Glove color. Once dried, I added a coat of Annie Sloan wax, buffed it and then distressed. I distressed this a lot more than I usually do but the dark finish that come through was nice so I just kept sanding. I then added another coat of wax and buffed.

This should have been an easy project but there is always something that does not go as planned. At this point, I removed the brackets from the vinegar solution and scrubbed with steel wool. Tah dah, all the rust was gone. I soaked them for about 10 minutes in a jar of water with a tbsp of baking soda. Then I towel dried, wiped with alcohol to get really dry and wiped a coat of vegetable oil on them to prevent further rusting. This process worked great until I put it all back together. The mirror would not stay up. I think the rust tightened the swivel part enough to hold it upright. See the picture below that shows how the small rod slides into the other piece to make it swivel. I tried a couple of things that did not work (toothpicks, tape, spray paint, etc). I just needed something to get in there to tighten it. Finally, I put some E6000 glue on the end of the rod part and let it dry good before I put it back together. This was just enough gooey stuff in there to make it tighter. And now it works perfect.

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19 Comments

  1. Grandmas House DIY

    Oh my gosh what a beauty! Definitely pinning this to my Before & Afters board! Goregous!

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  2. sherry cole

    This does not even look like the same piece. You did a fabulous job!

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you!

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  3. Colleen

    Really nice makeover! It’s amazing what paint can do to recreate something!

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Absolutely, I love paint. Thanks!

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  4. Claire

    Great transformation, love the paint job.

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  5. Keri

    Love the new look you gave this mirror! The light distressing is a nice touch. It really looks great! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!!

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you! It’s a pleasure to party with you girls.
      Mandy

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  6. Brooke of Passport Couture

    Interesting to read your process behind taking off the rust and refurbishing this piece. I love the final result and am inspired by you to think about furniture differently!

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thanks Brooke. Almost everything can be gorgeous again with paint.
      Mandy

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  7. Betsy

    I love before and after projects! Love it….such an incredible difference.
    Thanks for sharing at Talk of the Town.

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you and thanks for hosting!
      Mandy

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  8. Kailyn Shippee

    Wow that turned out great! Thanks for sharing on Welcome Home Wednesday

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you!
      Mandy

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  9. Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage

    I love what you did with the mirror. It’s really a fabulous transformation! Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Charm.

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you. Thanks for hosting, it’s always a favorite party of the week for me.
      Mandy

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  10. Ashleigh

    Thanks for sharing this on our weekly link up! Our next party starts tomorrow at 6 so stop on by and share anything else you are working on! : )

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  11. Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Love the makeover! It looks great, what a big difference the chalk paint and distressing made.

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    1. ninnyhauk@yahoo.com (Post author)

      Thank you. Paint performs miracles.
      Mandy

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