I’m feeling a bit back on track with things this week. Hopped on the blogging wagon, worked an event last night and getting started on a new painting. While there’s lots ahead, I want to cap off the end of this week with another D.I.M. project of mine that helped make my place ready for my The Everygirl feature.
In my quest to be economical and resourceful, I was kind of stumped when it came to a coffee table. Still using my old college table that actually was tossed in as a freebee when I purchased my off campus living twin bed, it was definitely time for an upgrade. Look at that sad lil table.
After lots of searching through piles of oversized and expensive options, I decided I would have to take matters into my own hands.
Wanting to use the same table as the bones for the newer version, I set out to find a “table top”. I wanted something classy that would fit into my homemade esthetic. I decided a mirror would be fitting, so off to my favorite place to get large, cheap mirrors: Fort Pitt Furniture. I’m so mad that I never took pictures while I was there because this place is seriously ridiculous. I like to call it the graveyard where hotel furniture goes to die….or find a new home. It’s like a pound for furniture; so much of it without a home. When hotels makeover their rooms, there is an abundance of the same furniture, and Fort Pitt takes it on. So there are multiples of things and they are super cheap. For example, their “room of mirrors” doesn’t have anything higher that $80 (and that’s for something larger than 6ft tall).
I found this beauty in a pile of it’s look-a-like brothers and sisters for $20.
I wanted the mirror to resemble mercury glass and not be soooo reflective. To achieve this, I purchased Citristrip ($11.98 at Home Depot) to remove the gray paint from the back of the mirror. I choose the Citristrip since you are able to use it indoors. Wear rubber gloves and spread a generous layer of the striper over the entire mirror.
I watched a couple of videos and read a few blogs about this, and many of the times varied as to how long to let the goop sit on the back. I had a crappy dorm room door mirror that I tested the timing on. You want to scrape the paint off but not leave the striper on too long so it eats through the mirror material. With the cheapy mirror, this took about 8-10 minutes. With my industrial strength hotel mirror, this was a different story. I wound up leaving the striper on overnight because I was getting nowhere with it. So, depending on your mirror quality and probably even age, the striper could take anywhere from 8 minutes to 24 hours to make a dent in your goal to remove the paint. Frustrating and incredibly varied, I know. Luckily, you can continually test a section of your mirror to see what stage your paint is at.
Once all/most of the paint is removed, wipe down your mirror with soap and water. To create that mercury glass, spotted look, I made a bleach/water solution. A lot of the “recipes” for this project called for muriatic acid. Again, because I was doing this inside my home in winter (no window ventilation) and not a garage, I wanted to keep it as eco-friendly as possible. Plus, this meant I didn’t have to go purchase another product to later store in my limited space. I had bleach. I purchased a spray bottle. That’s it. The mixture is 3/4 water to 1/4 bleach which also can be varied by the type of mirror you have. I think I added a little more bleach to my mixture to make it work a bit faster.
So what do you think? If you scroll back up to my first “before” picture, you’ll also notice my hideous end tables. Guess which project I’m going to feature next!? I hope this post inspires you to go out and take on a new project. Have a great weekend!