mirror re-do: the update to my update

One of my FB friends suggested that I distress the mirror a little to give it more character. I’d always been to scared to try the distressing method, afraid that I’d ruin the piece for good. This time though, I figured ‘what the heck’, let’s try it. If it doesn’t work out I can always paint it over, right?

I kind of got overzealous with my palm sander and rubbed off a spot on the surface, but that’s the beauty of distressing, it can’t look ‘wrong.’  Because I tend to be a perfectionist, I may refinish that patch.

here it is:


what I did:

I ran my palm sander over the corners (and obviously part of the surface), dusted off, then rubbed the whole thing with Minwax stain in dark walnut. I like it. It kind of gives the contours more contours, don’t you think?

Oh look, I found this one on ballard designs. Not exact, but along the same lines…Mine was definitely THE bargain.


image courtesy of www.ballarddesigns.com

4 thoughts on “mirror re-do: the update to my update

  1. Heather says:

    I love, love, love your mirror make-over. I have been scouring the thrift stores looking for a mirrow with character that I can bring back to life.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • AfroMartha says:

      Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the blogosphere. I am so blessed to have a really great thrift store outlet near me. See if your area has Goodwill outlets. It’s a little more guerrilla than the average thrift store, but it’s a great treasure hunt! Good luck and I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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