I am a fan of Craigslist. I think it is a great way to find treasures that someone no longer wants/needs and make them yours. It is a great way to recycle and save the planet and most of the time save your dollars. Here is an example:
I found an add in Craigslist for 3 pieces of Thomasville solid wood furniture for $40! Holla! I met with the man with the goods and said sold! Actually it was 3 pieces of furniture and a mirror that all went together. SCORE! I have been thinking about adding a mirror to our downstairs guest bathroom to give it more personality than the standard "builder special" mirror. I actually had a plan to go take a look at another mirror the day I bought this stuff, then opted out of the other mirror when I scored a mirror with the other 3 pieces.
Once again the XBox prevails. It is the magic car that can fit a multitude of items. Reminiscent of a car full of clowns.
Here are the 4 items in all their worn out 70's glory. Granted they are solid wood and super sturdy. The only issues are cosmetic and a few screws here and there. Totally fixable and worthy of a new life. And I will provide them the life they deserve. FYI...my husband thinks I'm crazy. I say if in an awesome sort of way then YES I AM!
This post is going to focus on the bottom right hand corner "project". The mirror. As I said, I had big plans for it to replace the downstairs guest bathroom mirror.
I tested the waters before I got to painting.
It is pretty much the same size of the existing mirror but with a cute bamboo style frame. So off to the garage it went for it's makeover. I just taped off the mirror with blue painters tape and whatever paper I had laying around.
I filled any crack, scrape, or hole and then sanded the whole thing down to basically just rough up the surface to receive some white spray paint. I wasn't too concerned about the paint being too super duty indestructible since this was going to hang on the wall. The other pieces will undoubtedly get more work to provide a more indestructible finish.
I used a basic can of white spray paint, I think it was Valspar High Gloss White, and I went to town. I spray light coats until I have the desired finish. It took about 4 coats to get it right.
Once painted it had a entirely new look. I think it is pretty cute in the bathroom. Now I'm ready to re-do that room. It is one of the only rooms we didn't paint when we moved in. I think it might be time for a quick face lift in there. I'm not digging the taupe brown anymore. I am thinking something lighter and fresher. Anyway, the mirror added a little more character to the bathroom.