Thursday, March 14, 2013

~thrifty thursday~

~Brand new~
Thrifty Thursdays on My Sweet Savannah!

Each Thursday I will bring to you an outdated, ugly, otherwise overlooked item, that I find at a thrift store or garage sale. 
I will buy it, bring it home, and transform it.
And, show you how to do it yourself.

So today's transformation starts with this large child's print of teddy bears.
Pretty right?
Maybe back in the day.

 Don't they look so cute flying their kites?
Ok, so this was $9.99.
 A little pricey I thought for what it was, but worth every penny in the end.
 Ok, so my thought was to turn this into a vintage looking mirror, and here is how I did it.
Gather your supplies. 
You will need spray paint in your choice of color for the frame. 
I chose black.
Krylon looking glass spray. 
You can find this at your local craft store. 
You will also need a spray bottle filled with half water and half vinegar. 
 Step 1~ take apart the frame. 

2~ Spray paint the frame in a well ventilated area. {not pictured}

While that is drying, take your glass outdoors, or in another well ventilated area.
My choice~the top of the hot tub, protected by a plastic tablecloth.

3~Shake up the looking glass spray for a good couple of minutes. 
Using short bursts, randomly apply to the glass all over.
Random is the key word. Then spritz with the vinegar/water mix all over, holding it back about 12-18"

Go check on your frame, add another coat of spray paint if necessary. 
Eat some cookies, do some laundry, watch a soap opera, then repeat step 3.
Eat some more cookies, and repeat again. Repeat as much as you like, just make sure it is dry before repeating. I think I did 4 coats on mine. 

4~This step is key, but I didn't get a picture of it either, sorry.
Take the backing that comes with the picture, and spray paint that black as well.
Usually these come with backing that is either cardboard, or thin wood, or even card stock. Whatever it is, paint it black.

 5~ When everything is dry, you are ready to put it back together. If you want, you can distress your frame a bit at this point. 

Lay your frame down and insert the glass, painted  side up
Next place your backer in with the black side down. 
Anywhere that the looking glass paint did not get will pick up on the black, making it look like an old mirror that is de-silvering. 
 Stand back and admire your work. 
I think it's so cool that you can take a piece of plain glass and turn 
it into a vintage looking mirror so easy.
Check out that reflection!

Do you like this project? 
I am excited to bring you more. 
How many of you would have passed up that teddy bear print in the store?
This also would be a good size frame to do this with, or even this. 

{yes, I have fixed the crooked F}


Anonymous said...

Ever since I saw this on Nate I have wanted to go crazy with looking glass spray. It's so much easier than the acid method! Love how yours turned out.

Maureen said...

Loved this project! We cannot get the looking glass spray in Canada, that I have been able to find, so will have to pick some up when I head to Georgia in a few weeks! Would like to try this!

Amy Kinser said...

Totally love this idea. It looks great.

Thanks for the information about the looking glass spray. That's a new one for me.

Nice to visit with you this morning.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this idea! Thanks!

Sheila said...

Hello there!
What a great idea to start this Thursday transformation project. It looks lovely sitting next to your new hutch...who would have known something so ugly to be so uber chic?


Anonymous said...

Huh, I didn't know about this project. At first I was thinking eww and then I saw the end and I'm thinking WOW! That turned out so beautifully! P.S. Back in the 80's I had a print of those same bears doing ballet. Tragic I know.

Gloria said...

Love the project - You are very talented and I love, love your blog!!

Acorn to Oak said...

I wasn't sure what to think when I saw the teddy!...what a transformation! I love it! Thanks for the step by step directions on how to do it.

AntiqueChase said...

love this!

Anonymous said...

Love this idea!!


Anonymous said...

ideas swirling!!!! you are going to have to slow down posting so I can start putting some of this into practice! ;-)

~ Lisa ~ said...

I am excited about the new Thursday series. What a creative person you are!!!! I'm still drooling over your new hutch and keep going back to look at it. I'm thinking I need to do mine in simliar colors.

~ Lisa ~

Jenny said...

Super neat, Melaine!

Mindy said...

This turned out so great! Love the idea of a thrifty thursday and look forward to more.

Cecilia said...

Love how it turned out! Perfection. :) Love the Thrifty Thursday idea and look forward to many more.

Becki said...

Super project! It turned out great! Looks like I'll be looking for some framed prints this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

Blessings ~ Becki

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this post. I have so many cool
old frames but mirrored glass is so expensive! I can't wait to try this out!

Nancy said...

Oh yes, I'll be doing this. I saw some pumpkins painted this way earlier and my wheels are turning thinking of all the things I can use this method on. Thank you for the post. You did an awesome job and it is beautiful.

Nancy Carr said...

Wow! Easy and fun and beautiful. I didn't know how to do this before. Thanks for the inspiration.

Unknown said...

Love it! I would never have looked at those bears that have a great eye :)

Alli - Cottage Inspiration said...

I love this! I will have to give it a try.

Sew a Fine Seam said...

Awesome! I love the size of that and yes, it was totally worth 9.99!

High Cotton Style said...

I did the same thing to my coffee table! Love this look!

Stephen Saint-Onge Studio said...

I need to give that project a try. Love the end result.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

LOVE this idea!

jb4012 said...

More recently I have been looking to buy some rugs.. anyone know any sites?
I've heard about Any experiences there? :)

Sarah said...

I love to go thrift store shopping for great frames that are in need of some help. I will definitely have to try this out.

Courtney said...

i love this! so cool! i wish i had your eyes for thrifting. i just have a hard imagining the possibilities so THANK YOU for the help.

Carla said...

That was a cool project.

Kristel said...

I love this, and cannot wait to try it out, now, every frame in my house is in trouble ;)

Ggomez said...

Wow! Love ....thank you for taking us step by step!
I will be making one! said...

Just saw this on pinterest today...I have been putting off vintage-ing up some mirrors b/c I was concerned about the acid. Now you give me this...spray on looking glass!! Fantastic!!! Thank you! Another project for the list, but much easier now.

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Unknown said...

I love this idea! A framed mirrorwith an antique look is a great way to decorate a room!

Unknown said...

I love this idea! A framed mirrorwith an antique look is a great way to decorate a room!

Unknown said...

I love this idea! A framed mirrorwith an antique look is a great way to decorate a room!

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Brenda W. said...

I just tried this out on some old pictures I found at Goodwill. It was so easy and they turned out great!! Thanks for a super awesome tutorial. I'm sure I'll be doing this one again.

Carolyn Stokes said...

I want to use this technique on the glass in the doors of my buffet table. I don't have that backer to spray black like you suggest, can't I just spray the back of the glass? Please let me know if you think that will work. Thanks!!

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