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turn any picture into a mirror

diy-change any picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

If you’re anything like me [stockpiler-of-just-about-anything-decor-related] then you have a small stash of picture frames around your abode collecting dust.  Some of mine are a bit outdated, but for whatever reason I hung onto them.  I came across this picture frame in my son’s closet recently and I know why I never got rid of the frame…

diy turn any picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

It seems like yesterday my husband was holding him in one hand.  sniff. sniff. sniff.

Before you start thinking I’m awful for even thinking about changing this, just know that I have plans to display these sweet pictures in a unique way [stay tuned].   Before I toss anything out I try to either re purpose it, or paint it, or give it a whole new look.  I decided to turn this frame into a mirror for my daughter’s room instead.  As you may know by now, I’m all about quick+easy DIY’s and this one is no different.

diy turn a picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

I’m sure you all have heard of Looking Glass spray paint by now and I think it’s still pretty amazing what it can do.  [click here to see my spaghetti jar makeover]

diy turn a picture frame into mirror using looking glass spray paint

To start I popped out the glass from the frame and gave it a good wash with a 50/50 mixture of water+vinegar

diy_change any picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

Once dry I gave each piece of glass a couple coats of Looking Glass paint and here’s proof that this stuff can turn glass into a mirrored surface…

diy_change a picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

After one hour I put the mirrors back into the frame and hung up our new mirror in my daughter’s room

diy change any picture into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

I added a couple paper butterflies and “K” for her name to personalize it a bit. She’s 6 going on 16 and loves to put on play make-up so her desk now doubles as a vanity.  This mirror is just enough to allow her to play dress up.

change any old picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

There you have it!  A short post today for a short and fun DIY!

diy-change any picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

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Funky Vase makeover using nail polish

funky vase make over with gold spray paint and black nail polish

This latest DIY was born after I read a recent post from The Little Green Notebook.  I was so inspired by Jenny’s vase makeover that I just had to try it myself.  Not to mention, it’s so fast and fool-proof.

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I love the look of this vase, but was even more in awe after reading that this was a cheap-y vase she simply splattered black nail polish into and spray painted deep red!

I rummaged through my stash (aka collection-o-crap) and found a perfect vase for this makeover.  Instead of red, I knew I wanted to make mine gold.

funky vase makeover using nail polish

funky vase makeover using black nail polishI also used my black nail polish.

funky vase makeover with black nail polish

Instead of the splatter-technique Jenny used, I poured huge globs of nail polish into the vase and started swirling it around.  I did this about 5 times and I was left with this abstract, funky look.

funky vase makeover with gold spray paint+nail polish

I flipped the vase over and decided to let gravity do its thing.  I knew some of the nail polish would drip down the sides and I was excited to see what the final outcome would be.  So after apx 30 minutes I came back to check on the vase and this is what I found…

funky vase using black nail polish

The nail polish dripped down on just one side and at first I was scratching my head wondering if I liked it or not.  But I decided to keep going and wait to judge after it was completely finished.

funky vase makeover with black nail polish_gold spray paint

 I wrapped up the vase with a trash bag, secured it with 2 rubber bands and sprayed the inside with gold spray paint.

funky vase makeover with black nail polish and spray paint

I was so excited to see the final vase, so I didn’t waste any time and ripped the bag off immediately to find this…

funky vase makeover with gold spray paint and nail polish

 I LOOOOVE it!!  It’s abstract, modern, funky…all of my favorite adjectives.

funky vase made with black nail polish and gold paint

funky vase made over with black nail polish and gold paint

funky vase made with gold paint and black nail polish

This could not be easier and you’re only limited by your imagination.

funky vase make over with gold paint and black nail polish

 I put the vase in our first floor bathroom and placed a battery-operated* candle in it.  The glow from the candle against the gold paint is just gorgeous! [*I DO NOT recommend using a real candle in this vase, as the spray paint is very flammable.]

funky vase make over using black nail polish and gold paint

I don’t know about you, but I have a small collection of clear, floral vases under my kitchen sink that I am now going to hold onto!  I’m thinking of making one in turquoise, plum and maybe use white nail polish and black spray paint!  Like I said, the possibilities are endless!

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