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Monday, May 23, 2011

This Project Was a Pane

 You may recall about a month ago we dragged this gem home from a neighbor's trash pile.
Don't you love when people renovate?
We taped it up and scrubbed it down.
We let a few minor factors determine what would be the front and what would be the back of the project.
Scrape, sand, and prep...
...and then three coats of my favorite Rustoleum Gloss White.
Now let's take the tape off the back and clean the glass really well, like squeaky clean. 
I gave this task to Thom, who had to redo it 3 times. 
So when he swore the glass was perfect, I called in the expert.






Once it was determined the glass was so clean you could eat off of it, we went on to the next step.
Michael's, $11.97.
And let me tell you, it really is reflective!
I used 3 coats, dabbing with paper towels for a mottled effect. Each coat dries in a minute,
so this went really fast!
After an hour we flipped it, cleaned the glass on that side, and dragged it in.

 That hallway is starting to sizzle!
I've always wanted a really large standing mirror, and I think we spent a total of $15 for this one.
Works for me.
As Savannah said, "It's like a doorway into the room you're already in!"

43 comments:

Kim K. said...

Your minions crack me up. I had never heard of reflective glass paint. Sweet. We have two old windows hanging above our fireplace mantle as wall art. We might need to do a bit more to them. This post is being shown to the hubby tonight.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

You are far too cleaver...I had no idea there was such a thing as refective paint. I have always wanted mirrored doors...hmmmm! Dare I try it?

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

This is awesome - had no idea about that paint either. And I think it really makes the space.

Slightly Askew Studios said...

I love this, What a great idea!

emilysnan said...

oh wow again , i love this sooooo cool and really trendy too x love how you make it a family affair x nice rearranging of the flower pots suring shooting x have to get my hands on that glass paint
tfs
xmaggiex

Michelle @ Dream Home DIY said...

Hahaha! You guys rock :0) Can you please adopt us as part time family?

The mirror/door is PERFECT. Mirror paint....totally going on the "must buy" list

Bambi said...

It looks great!! How do you get your teenagers to be so helpful? I'm pulling random teenagers off the street to help me. ;)
You know your ability to find really awesome stuff amazes me.

Life in Rehab said...

The kids actually like to get involved and often brainstorm with me on techniques. It was Young Sam's idea to do the white glove bit and make it look as if he licked the glass in fact. They've all really got the redo bug.

Deb said...

HEYYYYYY now...... I have two old doors very similar to that sitting in my basement neglected...hmmmm......

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

What a great idea and it looks wonderful. I love it. Hugs, Marty

Chelsea said...

Whoa! That is way cool - I've never heard of or seen that reflective paint! I'll definitely have to keep that in mind. I LOVE the way this turned out! Coolest. Mirror. Ever.

~Chelsea

Mel said...

That's brilliant! I have to find that paint, I wonder if it's available here?

Anonymous said...

That is remarkably cool. - Skipernicus

Olive Cooper said...

You and the Minions have great Vulcan minds!

Michelle L. said...

OMG, that is totally unexpected! I am very desirous of this mirror, and jealous, and could you mail it to me?

lisbonlioness said...

I've never seen mirrors straight out of the can! Oh man, I musta been living behind the moon. And you know... embryo sharks or not (and I don't wanna know how that shark embryo ended up as an item for sale, I really don't), your minions are effing amazing!! It's quite rare that I read a blog post and actually chuckle like a hag on Hallowe'en, but Mr Spuck (in German it translates into Mr Spit, it IS funny for native speakers... once. ^^) did the trick. Now pass me the wine.

Becolorful said...

SSSSSSSSSSSSweet!!!!! OMG. I am loving this. I saw this paint used in a project on Nate's show and I have looked all over for it but haven't found it. Hopefully our Michael's has it in now too.
this is just too damn cool.
Pam

Sarah AKA The Thriftress said...

The door/mirror REALLY pops against your bold paint color. I love the sparkle!
Sarah
PS I was an an antique fair this weekend and saw petite white side tables with shells glued on the front. Totally thought of you! I think someone is reading your blog... ;)

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

oh to the em to the GEE!!! I love this idea!! Sam is too funny! Good job Thom!!!

Dharma said...

Thom has driven me out of my Vulcan mind! That door is so cool and who the hell (other than you) knew about mirror paint????? Geez.

Carol said...

Love this project... one of my favorites of yours!
It would also be great behind a couch or as a headboard... Hmm... maybe you need another one!
Gotta love a versatile project!

Carol
antiquetexan.blogspot.com

KK said...

Your helpers are so cute! Love the white glove test. The new "mirror" is beautiful. It really makes a nice statement.

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

Lovin' this project. And the price is pretty good too. Thanks for sharing!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I've been wondering about that "looking glass" stuff. Looks like it works great. I love your French door mirror! xo

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Oh, that's beautiful! Your hallway is definitely sizzling!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

great idea!!! turned out beautiful!!

Terri @ Creative Eyedias said...

That's so much fun! I love the door! Visiting from Thrifty Home Linky Party!

Please come by and visit me. Thanks!

PartyMom said...

This is fantastic! I didn’t even know about that mirror paint...thanks for sharing!

Michelle said...

This is awesome! I didn't know that you could buy reflective mirror spray in a can. I'd love for you to come link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com
Michelle
Thrifty 101

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!
You have been chosen to be featured in my Friday review! LOVE your link up!
Thanks for being a part!
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

That looks awesome! I love putting mirrors in spaces like that. It makes the room seem so much bigger! Thanks for sharing!

emacleoud said...

great idea, love the chandelier!!!

AllieMakes! said...

That is FANTASTIC! Wonderful! Wish that glass spray paint was available here!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

Becolorful said...

This so rocks my world. I love it and will feature it tonight. I am trying to think of how I could use your idea and make it work for a project at my mom's. Thanks for sharing on Motivated Monday.
Pam

Terry said...

A really cool idea. To further this, you could add crown molding at the top and a nice baseboard at the bottom. Great job with this.

Angie K. said...

Wow...very clever & beautiful! I have a can of that paint - now to find a door!

Mimi said...

So glad I saw this at Today's Creative Blog! I've seen that paint but didn't want to get any until I saw it used. It looks great and your mirror door is wonderful. Now, I can't wait to get some!
Thanks for sharing

Suburbsmama said...

Very cool!!

Katie said...

WOW, Sunny--you've out done yourself! I absolutely LOVE this. I can't wait to show Mr. Woodsy tonight! :)

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

You've been featured at my Hookin up with HoH Link Party!

Congrats!!

Bella@Bellabeforeandafter.blogspot.com said...

Sunny, SUnny, SUNNY, you crack me up. Actually your boys do, lol. I LOVED this post, not only for the awesome project, BUT the humor, the way you took us step by step, I could actually picture myself right there with you, it was awesome.

I am so amused at the vision for this, it turned out great!!!

Hey girl, so how far are you from Orlando again, you guys wanna go to HARRY POTTER anytime soon, say between the 18th -25th of June?????

I'm headed to Orlando again, and WISH WISH WISH I could see you already. Wanna meet half way or something, got any ideas???

Hugs, Bella :)

Bella@Bellabeforeandafter.blogspot.com said...

ALmost forgot to tell you....

I loved this so much, I featured you girl!
Come grab a button girl, and display it proudly!

Hugs, Bella **Features from week #39** @ Bella Before and After

Meg said...

Uh, WOW! I love this! The door is awesome, but to make it into a mirror?? Double awesome!