thrifty transformation: $10 GW mirror {before and after}

I love paint. It makes all the difference in the world, doesn't it?

I picked up this $10 mirror at Goodwill last year, and ever since, it's been sitting in our bedroom patiently waiting for me to paint it and make it look fun again.

While I didn't dislike the wood tone completely, {I have lots of stained wood/unpainted pieces and love them}, I was hoping for a little more oomph, you know?

Here's the before:

{oh, and I'm really, really wanting to paint that dining room floor white. Would I be officially crazy to have a white floor with 5 kids? Probably so...}

One coat of paint later, here's the after:


I'm loving it.

I used the color Dive In in Valspar paint from Lowe's. It's like a seafoam green aqua color in real life, and it makes me all happy against an all-white wall! :D


We'll see if the mirror stays there for good... I might have another use for that paint color in my room. I hardly used any of my quart for this project, so I have plenty left to spare. :)

Mirror: $10
Paint: $2 at most... the entire quart was around $15 for the good stuff {and so worth every penny- it goes so far}
Total: $12 for a fun mirror! :D

That's my kind of price for home decor. It doesn't beat free, but it's close! :D

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Have you ever painted a floor white? Or any color? What did you think? Would you do it again?

How much is an average large mirror retail?
I think the cheapest I've seen is $30-$40 at Ross... and Hobby Lobby used to be much higher. 

What's your favorite thrifty transformation lately? Do you have a link or an instagram photo?
I want to see!  :DD


19 comments

Anonymous said...

Love it! What a great way to bring in a fun color you love and not have to paint the walls!!

mwimp said...

i'm right in the middle of a transformation right now actually! i bought this amazing bamboo table by admiral furniture company. i'm painting it a beautiful seafoamish green that i got color matched to my drapes (that i still havent made from over a yr ago, lol)!

JoyBelle said...

My mom-in-law's Great Room floor is painted off-white with random flowers and leaves. It gets worn, of course, but it looks naturally worn, not icky worn. I've been to other houses with white floors. They naturally become distressed so I would maybe paint it and do a bit of distressing just to give it that old look. I don't think white floors would last long with high traffic and littles.

Mandy said...

Thank you! You're so right- it is so much easier than painting! :D and way easier to change if I don't like it! hehehe

Mandy said...

oh, I want to see it when you're done!! YAY for fun greens! :D

Mandy said...

I have a feeling you're right! I'm so tempted to do it- and your mom-in-law's room sounds adorable! I think it might end up scratching with a little time too.... hmmmm! thank you for sharing- I hope you have a great night/morning girlie!

Kelli H. said...

I have a few pictures "pinned" of painted floors, I would so do it if a) I had old hardwood in my house or b) my husband wouldn't kill me for painting over brand new hardwood floors. I love the worn look, wood and leather look better worn IMO, so I dont think the scratches would bother me.

ann said...

You could do a fun floor stencile.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diy-floors-painted-stenciled-a-144119

Ulrika said...

Wow - that is one happy mirror! :) I actually wanted to ask you something about Goodwill. I am a Swede so we don't even have any Goodwill stores where I live, but I am still curious. Because of the name, I have always just assumed that Goodwill was a charity based chain of stores. But then I read something someone posted on facebook stating that the CEO has a HUGE salary. I don't know if the information is true or up to date but maybe it's something to look into.

ClementsFam said...

We painted our kitchen floor. It was just supposed to be temporary as it was just until we replaced the linoleum tiles that I tore up, but I'm married to a (former. He's now working at a Navy yard.) Carpenter, so of course my house is a constant project... he's too much of a perfectionist for his own good! LOL.
Anywho, it's probably been... we'll just say "nearly a decade" since we first painted it. I chose a dark espresso to compliment the robin's egg blue I painted the walls with and the white cabinets. I'm not quite sure what went wrong, but we used a product specifically for floors and porches, yet any time it gets wet (like if you have to thoroughly mop) it takes ages to dry, otherwise it'll stick to your feet and pull up. As such, it makes cleaning the kitchen much more time consuming. The mopping is best left for, say, the day you leave to go out of town for the weekend... or at the very least just before you go to bed (provided you're not pregnant, like me, and getting up in the middle of the night.)
Some day, I hope to cover the whole floor in Armstrong VCT tiles like this remodel: http://retrorenovation.com/2012/02/01/bungalow-kitchen-remodel-using-ikea-kitchen-cabinets/ (BTW, if you haven't been exposed to this site... I'm so sorry. It's addicting!) We have similar flooring in the laundry room (over a layer of original "similar" flooring) and it's so easy to maintain! Since we keep poultry and like to garden, I think it would be a better option.

ClementsFam said...

1: Sorry for the novella. 2: I should specify, as I mentioned the flooring layers, that our home is circa 1940. We guessed that the laundry room is circa late50s/early 60s, as the original basement furnace was installed in '58 (the installer signed it.) and we're fairly sure the laundry room was built around that time. I'm not sure when the current layer was added to the original layer, but it's a lot more conservative in color. :)

mwimp said...

mandy - check out this blog - she hasa series called 'working with what you got' and one of her readers sent in her version. she painted her hardwoods and gives the details, product and how they are holding up. i immediately thot of you and your floors in this post. http://emilyaclark.blogspot.com/2013/03/working-with-worn-out-hardwood-floors.html

Kate Ferguson said...

Love the paint color!!

Mandy said...

I think the worn look is pretty too! If you do ever convince him, please send me a pic! :P

Mandy said...

I don't know for sure, but I do know that they employ many many of the usually considered "unemployable" in my city- those with mental retardation, severe physical disabilities, bad backgrounds, etc., and I think that is an awesome way to minister to those who can work and are in need of a job. :)

Mandy said...

How strange that it is sticky! I wonder if the wood stays wet underneath the house? I love the site and the floor they put down! Very pretty! :D And it goes with the era too!

Mandy said...

thank you girlie!!

The Shoestring Contessa said...

I LOVE your mirror!!!! That color is so fabulous!
I did a little chalkboard before-and-after that I would love for you to see. I hope it's ok if I post the link here?

http://shoestringstyle-amanda.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-i-made-chalkboard-or-before-and.html

Jessica Murray said...

Let me start by just saying WOW! That is a gorgeous color...it's amazing what a little paint can do. I am actually working on converting an old coffee table I inherited from my grandmother into a patio gardening bench. I will be sure to send a pic once it is finished.