Chalk paint is your friend people! You can pretty much use it on most things to get a new look. And this plastic mirror was no exception.
I bought this aaaages ago. It was one of those awkward moments where I’d told the seller I would take the item, turned up at their house .. and then realised it was not quite what I was expecting (you been there?!) .. The on-line picture made it look like a stunning plaster mirror. The reality, .. err, well not so much!
I’ve learned since then and now would probably ask loads of questions first, or tell them that I had changed my mind. But anyway, I bought it and took it home. Where it stayed in the naughty corner .. How dare it be plastic?! …. Until I figured I would try to give it that “plaster rather than plastic look” .. bring on the chalk paint!
Get ready to paint
Like any project that you want to paint, it needs a good clean first. Just to get rid of any dust or grease which will stop the paint from gripping. I gave the mirror a good scrub with sugar soap and let it dry before starting with Rustoleum White chalk paint. It’s not showing on the picture but I covered the edges of the actual mirror with masking tape to avoid getting paint on the mirror.
To be fair, I loved the actual design and look of the mirror. It was just the cheap plastic finish that I wasn’t a fan of .. OK, I hated it!
BUT .. a cuppa tea and a couple of layers later, it was looking a lot better. There really was no rocket science to this project. A pot of paint, a brush and a bit of patience was all it needed. That, and the cuppa tea!! The most difficult bit was to get in all the grooves to make sure that everything was covered. Looking so much better after!
And here’s the final result. Never judge a book by its cover. If you don’t like it, try and paint it. You already didn’t like it anyway, what have you got to lose?
Do you have any projects you think you’ll tackle over a cup of tea and a tin of paint? Let me know – I’d love to see them!