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Chic Mirror Image

I previously posted about a blank spot above my fireplace mantel. Well, I finally figured out what to do! It’s quick, easy and cheap to the max.

Start with a regular picture frame (thrift store finds are preferred.) Fit a mirror into the frame and lock it into place the way you would a picture. If you have a mirror but it’s the wrong shape or size, any glass place (like Harmon Auto Glass) will cut it for you for next to nothing.

Once you have your mirror in place take it out again. I know it seems like I am jerking you around here, but didn’t you want to make sure the mirror fit the frame BEFORE you did any more work? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Then paint the mirror any color you want. I saw a hot pink one in the store recently so my heart was set on pink for weeks. Once the painting was done and dried I sprayed it with a clear protective coat of finishing spray. My paint was actually only a semi-gloss so it looked a little on the dull side, but the spray changed it to a high gloss, beaming machine.

Last but not least, put it into place. Mine will eventually get nailed to the wall, but I finished my mirror at about 1 a.m. this morning and I was not in the mood for a roused toddler.

I can’t wait to get this dolled-up beauty onto the wall and give my self a pat on the back for being cheap and easy…wait, that didn’t sound right at all.

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About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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