Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Mirror, Mirror on the Table.. the Armoire... the Lamp...

Let me just start by saying, I am not vain. However, I am currently in L.O.V.E with mirrors! Specifically mirrors on furniture. Apparently mirrored furniture is the bomb diggity right now (or has been for some time now...I've been buried under tire ottomans <insert plug to www.homeattire.net> for the past year, so I may be a little behind). Anywho...as it usually happens, I came across this mirrored table:
It's from Horchow, it's all kinds of wonderful, and it's...$979. Wonk-wonk! You already know, it's not happening.  But I've been looking at my old, maple wood coffee table with the deep scratch from the time my stepson, Jordan, ran his Tonka truck across it, for about 15 years now. There were also some black permanent marker stains on there from an art project, but I was really good with strategic placement of decorative vases and such, so guests were none the wiser. But, I knew, and that alone is enough for an overhaul. Here she was in her later days all dolled up:

See, you don't even notice all her imperfections. You'll notice her cousin, the rustic armoire, over to the left...she was sent to pasture and replaced by a more mirror-friendly counterpart. More on that later.
So, the work began. I used my trusty Zinnser All-in-One Primer that frees me up from having to sand before painting.
This is what she looked like with her legs primed, painted and glazed:


And here she is all painted and glazed:



Then came the part that would take my new table from fabulous to full on glam...the mirror! I found a free bathroom mirror on Craigslist and took it to a glass cutting company that was actually not very far away from my house. They cut it to size, smoothed out the edges, sized and cut some lighter weight mirrors for the sides and even offered to glue it all on for me! I had every intention of getting some Mastic mirror glue from Lowe's and gluing the mirrors myself, but they offered to do it for free, so you know I took them up on the offer. Without further adieu, here she is all mirrored up:

And if you think that's something, here she is in full glam! I can't stop staring at her (really, I'm staring at the table and not my reflection in the mirror)...ok, here she is:

And her close up...
I am so loving this table! And on top of loving her aesthetic beauty, the financial savings just make her the symbol of perfection. Total money spent was only $30! That was the cost of having five mirrors cut to size. Everything else I already had or it was free. So $979 for the Horchow table vs. $30 for my handmade table...I think mine is the winner!

Now wait until you see what I did with this:

She deserves a post all her own! Stay tuned!

~Nikki

9 comments:

Michelle said...

It is beautiful!! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see the armoir!

Nikki said...

Thanks Michelle! Check out the armoire, I just posted it.
~Nikki

Coach Lanise said...

Love it!!! I have an end table with glass on top and I think doing this will really glam up my basement. Thanks!!!

BecKyle Lowery said...

I think Zinsser should offer you a stipend for all the "shout outs" you've given them! ;) You are very creative and love following your blog. I'm always inspired!

Shelley said...

You have the most inventive ideas! Glad to see you posting again.

There and back again said...

Wow! Seriously! You are incredible! I just stumbled upon your blog and ideas from Pinterest and was blown away by your absolutely unbelievable tire ottoman. In fact, I just reprimanded a blog that was extolling your amazing tire ottoman as their own with no credit to you. Linked back here and everything. How dare someone take credit for your inventive innovation! (Sorry for the rant.) Seriously- your ideas are spectacular. I have to share your stuff with my mom, I grew up doing awesome DIY projects with her. She will really appreciate your stuff!

Rishia O'Neill said...

i TOO AM ACCIDENTALLY, PLEASANTLY, IN SHOCK AND AWE O YOUR TALENT. STAYING TUNED. I BET THIS GENERATES A FLURRY OF PINNING.
KEEP IT COMING.

Jamala Wallace said...

I love what you did with the table.. great job!

Lynne Halloran said...

Your project is definitely a winner, Nikki! Who would have thought that mirrors can be a top for a coffee table? Anyway, I wish you could make use of some table mats or cozies, if you have to put some knickknacks on it. It would be such a shame if the mirror got scratched by a table display. Anyway, thanks for sharing!

Lynne Halloran @ SubUrban Glass