Satin Lagoon

Thursday, September 15, 2011


A while back I worked at a restaurant in San Mateo, which happened to be down the street from a thrift store. I got off work around one(am!) and was walking to my car and spotted a bunch of junk across the parking lot behind the thrift store: chairs sticking out of a dumpster, a few broken desks, and thrown on the ground was this mirror with a ton of potential. This couple happened to be parked in the same parking lot and they were staring at me so I had to decide do I skip the mirror and save my dignity OR grab this mirror out of a trash heap and look like a total weirdo. OBVIOUSLY I chose the weirdo! 
Here is my restored mirror!

 Gross mirror!
 I cleaned the mirror and removed all the screws so I could get even coverage and not miss spots.

I sprayed the primer all over to make sure the gold was gone. Long gone!
Spray painting barefoot is the way to go!
To make sure I got all over I sprayed light sprays in one direction and by the time I got around the mirror I was able to do a second coat, then I repeat the process going the opposite way. I always keep moving because if you spray without moving you get drip marks. Which are hard to remove! 

So happy with how it turned out. It looked good white but I'm glad I went with the blue because of the pop of color!
Overall my mirror project cost me.........$6!


  1. whaaaaaaat? this was in the garbage? wow - it is beautiful painted that colour.

  2. I know! It was insane. Like someone didn't want this?!!

  3. I am in love with this restored mirror. You have inspired me to make one. The color is perfect :)

  4. I love, love, love this mirror. I'm kind of a nut for ornate mirrors especially oversized. Great find!