My $3 Vanity Mirror


Let's skip the small talk and get right to it! I bought this little vanity mirror and a junk shop for 3 big ones. I know, I know. So expensive ; ) I forgot to take a picture before I got started, but I remembered soon enough to be able to show you what the original finish looked like!

It was black with hints of gold and I really wasn't feeling it. It stayed that way for a little bit while I decided what to do with it. I contemplated a bright glossy color, but decided I wanted to give gold a shot. I looked in to gold leafing but decided that was more money and time than I wanted to invest.

I picked up a tube of rub 'n buff for a few bucks and went to town.

In progress.

This ^^^ was the finish before. Too dark/gothic looking for me. Here it is after the rub 'n buff:

It stayed like this for a while too. I liked it, but I never really used it. I usually stand up at my vanity to do my hair and make up so I never even looked into this mirror.

I still liked the way it looked so I decided, while doing this project, to give it a little chalkboard love.

I considered writing some confidence-boosting-esteem-building-tyra-banks-ish quote on it. 

Like so:

But then I decided to keep it real and write something a little more useful: 

Am I the only one who doesn't notice an annoying stray eyebrow hair until I get into the driver's seat and look in the rear view mirror? No?


This is crazy! I saw my mirror in a boutique in the Short North this past weekend. Theirs was painted a creamy white... and I kind of like it!

I think, for now, mine will stay the same.




Anny said...

LOL love the love note to yourself ;)

Gold looks infinitely better than the previous gothic though. I tried Rub n Buff once and it had a pasty, almost gritty texture but everywhere I see it on the net it is smooth and gel-like. Maybe I got a bad tube and should try again.

Red, Blonde and Burlap said...

Soo funny! We are totally on the same wave length! I love this mirror/chalkboard and I can't believe it was only $3 dollars. I looks heavy! The details are amazing. I had never heard of rub n buff, Must try!!

Karen said...

That turned out so pretty, love that you made it into a chalkboard. I always discover scraggly brows in the car mirror and recently I discovered ...a gray hair!! I need to write myself a note like that but now I need to add dye your brows LOL.

Anonymous said...

Ha! Love the chalk board idea - cute.


Red, Blonde and Burlap said...

I know Britt already commented but I had to chime in because I TOTALLY know what you're talking about with the eyebrows in the rear view mirror! Happens to me all the time. :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is so cute! and how on earth did you know about my eyebrows... i am due!

Shannon@vintagerestyled said...

Love the chalkboard! Gold looks good too.

Karen @ THEBUSYBUG said...

Love the mirror!

American Gypsy said...

what a cute lil´ mirror and how did you know my morning mantra?

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

The transformation is so cute! And the mantra is hilarious.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Very nice job on this. As for the message, thanks for the reminder. LOL

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

What a sweet little mirror.


Bohemian said...

Cute makeover... and how did you know I needed some eyebrow maintenance? *winks*

Dawn... The Bohemian

Sarah, Three Boys said...

I need the eyebrow note over here! Love the rubb n' buff, so awesome. I think I like the gold better than the white. Nicely done!

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