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sunburst-mirror1We’ve been in this house for 2 years now and we’ve struggled with what to put on the big empty wall between the kitchen and the dining room. After renovating the kitchen, we knew it was time to make some decisions. Many painting ideas have come and gone.  We already have a wall of photos, wall of places we’ve been, and paintings. So I wanted something different for this wall. Finally I decided a mirror was the only option. I brought lugged home mirrors that were too heavy, broken, or too cheap looking.

Finally we found this mirror on Overstock.com. It was pretty, light, not too big, and not too small. The only uncertainty was the color. It has a bronzy antique-y look. Which doesn’t exactly go with the style of our home, but we thought it was worth a try.

I Instagramed this picture above. It looked okay… but with all the white accents in our kitchen the bronze just didn’t match. We finally decided it would look better and more modern if we spray painted it white.

Tools used: painters tape, exacto knife, Valspar primer (from Lowes), Krylon gloss spray paint (from Michaels), and drop sheets.

Step 1: Cover mirror with painters tape. Since the middle was so big we put newspaper down and used painters tape to keep it in place.

Step 2: Create a spray paint safe work space. We painted on our deck and called it the “kill room” due to too much Dexter watching.

Step 3: Spray 2 coats of primer, and then 2 coats of spray paint (with drying times that are stated on the bottle). The board the sunburst was shipped on came in handy as a surface to spray paint on.

Step 4: Once it’s complete dry, remove tape, and scrape any remainders of paint off of the mirror and clean it off. Touch up any areas with a paint brush, if needed.

Step 5: Hang on wall and enjoy 🙂

I love it in the white so much better. It now matches the white granite, curtains, trim, and other accents in the kitchen more nicely.

Even though we purchased the original mirror new, this would work well with any thrifted items. I’m going to keep an eye out for more things we can spray paint to make new again. A DIY headboard for the guest bedroom might be our next project.

Disclaimer: The only work I did in this project was providing the idea to paint it and taking photos. All the physical labor credit goes to AK. 🙂

Have you ever changed something you’ve purchased new? Or spray painted something old to make it new again?