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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sea Glass Reflections

Wow this last week has been a real roller coaster. Each 24 hour day seemed to have been reduced to 12 hours...It was great to hear from all of you on my Let's Talk post. I got to know so many of you, and that is really what this blog thing is all about...meeting new friends who love to DIY as much as me! So, in the spirit of DIY, let's get on to the next project. I am not sure if this is going in my bedroom, bathroom, or on the screened in porch, but you can help me decide.
I picked up this free mirror off of CL. I was buying a dresser out of a storage unit and the guy gave me the mirror just to empty out the unit....I was only too happy to help! It was not put together when I took it home, but luckily all the pieces were there....
All put together
In the garage...just waiting
I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with this piece since it looked pretty good already...but you know the spirit of a DIYer...it is hard to just leave something alone!
First I broke out the chalk paint...NOT the A. S. version, but my own which I have found to work great. Here is the recipe if you want to try it out...
1 cup flat paint 
1/2 cup sheetrock mud
Since the sheetrock mud is already "wet" it makes a fantastic chalk paint, and cheap too! Let me know if you try it...tell me how it goes for you. I would especially like to hear from an A.S. fan, cause I have never been able to afford to try it myself. I just wonder if it even compares. Now, back to the mirror...


First coat
My Chalk Paint

It took 2 coats to cover, but luckily chalk paint dries fast....now time to distress...
Chalk painted
Distress with damp cloth
You know how sometimes you just don't like the way something is turning out? Well that is my excuse for the lack of distressed pics...I just didn't like it on this mirror. 
I decided to try my next idea....a dollar tree find....
Gotta love the Dollar Tree
6 Bags of Sea Glass
I didn't like the distressed look too much, but I thought the sea glass would improve it...I just love all the colors , especially blue!  So I gave it a try....


And so it begins...
Distressed and sea glass...not so sure yet
 Again, I did not like it...sorry I didn't take more pics, I guess I was just tired. Gluing these pieces one at a time can get very tedious!  Rather than just scrap it until another time, I decided to try another background color....and what color do you suppose I picked?.....Blue maybe?
Liking blue...
Getting better...

On the deck
Ocean hues
And now for the before and after....Sea Glass Reflections...
Before....okay
After...Sea Glass Reflections!
So here you have it...my Sea Glass mirror. Tell me what you think, and where you think it should find a home. I love hearing from all of you...Really!!!!


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25 comments:

Deb aka AbcsOfra said...

Bedroom or if you have a large bathroom whereby you will be dressing yourself...possibly there. Great job and I love the combo...so pretty :-) Course you could just drop it off at my house. That really would be the best place for it :-)

Lori said...

I like the final design, and I am thinking bathroom. It would look smashing in my daughters room too, she has this blue, so I guess it would work in a bedroom as well!! :)

Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano said...

Lori, I love the color you chose! I have a mirror like that just waiting to be redone.
Thanks for your comment. The Anthro bedding is a great way to learn how to use that new sewing machine!!!

1House1Couple said...

That looks really cool. Very beachy :) I love that glass, so cool.

~Lisha

Jamie said...

Wow I love that blue! It came out beautifully. Great use of the glass, I wouldn't have thought of that!

Stalking back from Scissors & Steam :)

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

What a great transformation! Thanks for sharing at my party. Can't wait to see what you link up next week!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

This is awesome!!

Maureen said...

Super pretty! Thanks for linking up to Fresh Fridays on RElease Me Creations!

Lori C said...

Yeah! This is super dooper awesome! Make a great piece in your new bathroom, or in a guest room? Great job!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

What a transformation, Very beachy looking. I'd put it in a bedroom. the colors are very pretty, Very creative. Let us know where you place it in your home. Thanks for sharing your inspiration at Sunday's Best!

Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said...

Oh wow! This came out great! Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party going on right now :) http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2012/01/bedazzle-me-monday-16.html

Have a great week!!

Andi said...

The colors you chose look so great together! It's a beautiful redo!

South Bay Studio said...

What a transformation. Sea glass is so soft looking. Kathi

Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style said...

Lori, great transformation! I've just awarded you! Congrats! Check this out on my blog!
Love, Olga
www.stardust-decorstyle.blogspot.com

Tiki said...

oh my gosh!!! that turned out sooo cute! what a brain storm you had. I have been hunting for a mirror like this at thrift store, etc. No luck yet but I am sure patience will prevail...lol.
I am your newest follower...love your blog!!
have a good day and enjoy that mirror!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Wow, your mirror turned out terrific, you are so talented and clever! You have a great blog, very inspiring. Thank you for your lovely visit and for following...I will do the same. Hugs,
FABBY

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Wow! That came out beautifully!!! love it!

buggalcrafts said...

very interesting! great job on working through all the different versions until u found something u like. thanks for the tip on cb paint too!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

WOW! Your mirror looks gorgeous!!! I love it!

Can you tell me more about the sheetrock mud. Does it make the paint smooth and what brand do you use?

Thanks,
Dee

Tonia L said...

What a unique idea! It is so pretty and I've never seen anything like it!
~Tonia @TheGunnySack.com

Natasha said...

love the colour

Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday
Hope you can come and join us this week too

http://serenityyou.blogspot.com/search/label/Serenity%20Saturday

Natasha xx

Just Jaime said...

I love sea glass!

If you're interested, we're hosting our first ever link up party. Please stop by and link up! http://www.waywardgirlscrafts.com/2012/01/wayward-weekend-week-1.htm

Laura@art4littlehands said...

fun idea! I love those colors too. Always awesome to use something from the dollar store in such a pretty way! Thanks for sharing at Monday Madness. Hope to see you again tomorrow!

dix said...

Love sea glass and love the tip about finding some at Dollar Tree!! Great project! Good job!

Cheapchick said...

I have a small collection of sea glass from holidays but love this idea - I am moving to live by the Ocean in a few months and must try this!