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Hello and welcome to my favorite Thursday of the month! If you caught my post from last week on our fixer upper progress, you know that I’ve been super busy painting the entire house the last couple of weeks. But over the weekend I took a break from it and created something for the upstairs hallway that I’m so excited to share with you all for this month’s challenge! The Rules: Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor. There’s no monthly theme. There’s no budget to stick to. Meet the Hosts Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela Pili | My Sweet Things – Jennifer | Cookies Coffee and Crafts Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles – Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Deborah – Salvage Sister and Mister Marie | The Inspiration Vault Debra | Shoppe No. 5 – Habiba | Craftify My Love Michelle | Our Crafty Mom Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration! I’ll be completely honest with you guys, I usually don’t have a clue what I’m looking for when I visit a thrift store. I just kind of wait for something to pop out at me and then let the creativity flow from there. However this time I knew exactly where to head–the mirror section! After painting the hallway upstairs I became inspired to spruce it up a little and envisioned a large pretty mirror in the center. I browsed my favorite stores but just couldn’t justify spending so much money when I knew that I could probably find one at a thrift store. And that I did! I found this huge mirror for just 7 bucks. It looks like someone had previously painted it because it had thick brush strokes and a little bit of paint around the edge of the mirror. However I knew that those brush strokes would actually work to my advantage as you soon will see! Supplies Used: (Affiliate links may be provided for convenience. For more info, see my full disclosure here.) White Latex Paint Plaster of Paris Valspar Dark Sealing Wax Medium Grit Sandpaper Frogtape Small Lattice Spackle Mitre Box with Saw Hot Glue Gun The first thing that I did was give it a light sanding to clean some of the gunk off and to scuff it up a little so that my new paint would stick better. I then turned it around and used a staple gun to secure the backing that was starting to peel off on the corners. I whipped up some of my DIY chalk paint (1 cup of white latex pain and 2 teaspoons Plaster of Paris) and gave the frame two coats. I used Frogtape to tape off the edges of the mirror, even though it totally wasn’t necessary since I ended up deciding to cover them later on. (Ignore the air register covers, I was also painting them at the same time haha!) Once the paint was dry I brushed on a small amount of dark wax and rubbed it in with a rag. Remember those brush strokes I mentioned earlier? The wax highlights them perfectly and makes it start to look like wood grain. Pretty cool, huh? I debated leaving it like this, but I have a serious obsession with window pane mirrors. As in I probably didn’t need another one. I figure as long as they are in different spaces it’s completely acceptable, right?! So I headed to Lowes and purchased 3 pieces of small lattice molding. Once I got home I gave them the same treatment (chalk paint followed by the wax) and let them dry for about 30 minutes. To make my cuts on the lattice I busted out my miter box and saw since I was too lazy to set up the compound one and the molding is so thin and easy to cut. I first measured the edges of the mirror and framed it out with the molding. Not only did it keep me from having to clean up the messy paint job from it’s previous owner, I think it also makes it feel more complete and window-like. I didn’t stress over imperfect miter cuts. My mitered cuts are never perfect and this time was no exception. I simply went over them with a little bit of spackle later on and it disguised them perfectly. Next, I marked where the center of the mirror was and cut a piece of molding to fit. I used hot glue to attach it to the mirror. I then measured the center of that piece to the edges of the mirror and attached two more. The hot glue seems to stick pretty well but if it ever falls off they make a special mirror adhesive that I can replace it with later on. I cut four more pieces of molding for the cross pieces and glued them on at the center point. As the finishing step I grabbed a chip brush and some white paint and dry brushed the whole piece to make it look more like weathered wood. And this is how it turned out! This hallway is extremely narrow and the sunlight it receives makes it super challenging to photograph, so please excuse the wonky angles and lighting haha. It looks so much like real wood, doesn’t it? I credit Lauren over at Bless’er House for this genius method. It lets so much light in and makes this sort of cramped hallway feel much bigger and airier than it really is. And now for more thrifty goodness! Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below! An InLinkz Link-up Linking up to these awesome parties!

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