I think mirrors add to our home décor. I have at least one in every room. Not to say I like looking at myself, I don’t. But a mirror can be like a ray of sunshine. A mirror reflects light to brighten a room or reflects a pretty vignette.
So that being said when I saw this sunburst mirror at the thrift store I instantly snapped it up for the Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Is it me or are the month’s flying by for you also? The Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge is a group of bloggers who upcycle anything from a garage sale, thrift store or rummage sale. We have a lot of fun and the group is so talented. Some of my previous projects can be found here and here.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | The Kolb Corner Kim | Made in a Day
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Marie | DIY Adulation Sue | A Purdy Little House
Chelsea | Making Manzanita Ann | Duct Tape and Denim Karen | Dragonfly and Lily Pads
Kimm | Reinvented Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home Megan | C’mon Get Crafty
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay
Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod
Ali | Home Crafts By Ali Denise | My Thrifty House
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Now, this was supposed to be an easy upcycle. I put the mirror in the laundry room for safe keeping until I could work on it. When it was its time I saw one of the rays was broken. To tell you the truth I vaguely remember finding something that was broken off but I didn’t know from what. Well, of course, I threw it out.
But you know I do have determination so I decided to repair it. I got a piece of Sculpey and shaped it to match the other sunbursts. As I glance at it I can pick out the piece but it doesn’t look too bad.
After the piece was baked and cooled, I glued it on and started painting. Light Yellow of course since the sun does make me think of yellow. Using my DIY chalk paint recipe I did 3 coats.
I like painting in layers so decided to do the final layer of paint in an Ivory DIY chalk paint and added paint crystals to give it a little bit of glimmer. Silly me thought I could sand the sun and the yellow should peek out.
No that is not what happened. The Ivory layer of paint wouldn’t come off unless I really sanded and then it went right to the material it was made of. I touched it up and called it done. Now when I bought this I saw I needed to fix the hanger. This is my theroy, I think the hanger broke and the sunray broke off and it was glued back on. At least it makes sense to me, what do you think?
I took a piece of picture hanging wire and threaded it the hole and twisted it. It works fine. The wire is working and the sun is shining so all is well in my Thrift Store Upcycle world. And a mirror is a ray of sunshine in a decorator’s life.
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