We are renovating/sprucing up our 13-year-old Victorian-style home. I think layering old things and new things gives our home a lived-in yet beautiful vibe. That’s one reason why I thrift: to find old items that I can use as is or spruce up for a little money; they are typically the items that friends and family notice when they visit! I blend thrifted items with newly-purchased items to make a comfortable (and affordable) design. I love to give new life to old things, and I have a ton of fun in the process. I am the queen of spray paint. My latest project involved two mirrors that started life as picture frames.
Then I bought two cans of spray paint, each cost less than $7 — oil-rubbed bronze for our downstairs half bath and hammered silver for a full bath upstairs.
I set up my “workroom” outside on the driveway and sprayed away.
The oiled-bronze finish compliments the new (remnant; also value priced!) marble vanity top, which we had laid on top of the antique server base we’ve had forever. The mirror matches the new faucet and towel rack perfectly! The only remaining item needed for the half bath is a striking piece of art. I’m thinking of framing a photo I took of the Great Falls in Paterson, N.J., a stone’s throw from our home, and hanging it over the toilet, opposite the new mirror.
In the upstairs bath all of the existing fixtures are in a shiny chrome. I didn’t want that shiny a finish on the mirror so I took a chnce and finished the upstairs bath mirror in a hammered silver finish. I think it blends nicely with the fixtures, but doesn’t look “cheap.” What do you think? Next up for that bath is repainting the walls white, adding a new window treatment and shower curtain. And art, likely on the wall across from the shower.
Do you use spray paint for do-it-yourself projects? Have you made old items look new again with a simple coat of spray paint? It’s a great way to keep “junk” out of the landfills AND made something beautiful for your home.