DIY: Pink Mirror Transformation

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Depending on how long you’ve been reading Pretty Shiny Sparkly, you may or may not remember this post in which I transformed a lifeless thrifty mirror found at a discount store into something suitable for my office. Well, now that we’ve moved, we’d been in a bit of a conundrum with this mirror. You see, we already have an embarrassingly large amount of mirrors in our now-shared study, so the mirror had to go someplace else.

We decided on the bedroom. But since I have recently replaced all of our bed linens with new ones (from Shabby Chic) the color scheme is totally different. Blue would, obviously, clash with light khaki and pale, pale pink.

So, the poor thing had to endure my DIY painting attempts for yet a second time this year. Please give my mirror some love for all the hard work he (er…she?) has had to go through!

Aaaand apparently I gave my mirror a sex change as well.

I used painter’s tape and trash bags cut open into rectangles to line the mirror itself as well as my surroundings (who needs to buy a tarp when you can improvise with what you have??).

So, this photo is a little deceiving. This is the pink I originally used (two whole coats, mixed with that white you see there). You’ll see later that plans changed when I realized the pink didn’t actually quite match enough with my color scheme.

Here’s one layer of spray paint primer. I did two full coats – it covered that bright blue quite nicely, much to my surprise!

In the evening, it was time to paint!

As I said before, this was the original pink I started with. I mixed a little white with the pink to lighten it up.

Acrylic paint dries supersuper fast so you have to be quick but you don’t require as much waiting time.

My dilemmas here were: a) the paint dried flat – which I was TOTALLY not anticipating, and b) the pink was totally wrong – too warm bubblegum pink, and what I needed was a pale pale pink with almost purple like overtones to it. This put a wrench in the gears and I traveled (yet again) to the craft store the next day to pick up a slightly cooler shade of pink, and a cooler white (called “winter white”). I also picked up a bottle of acrylic “pearlizing medium” which gave it a subtle, pearly sheen that I just knew I would like. You know me + shiny = ♥.

Let’s try this again.

Looking good!

After tweaking it with a new double coat of the absolute perfect combination of cool white and peony pink, I took it back outside and sprayed a coat of triple thick clear glaze, which required 24 hours to cure completely before handling. Man, I was itchin’ to get it up and hung! By this time it had been almost 4 days.

The wait, and patience were well worth it. Ladies and gents, the big finish:

I can’t tell you just how incredibly pleased I am with this. The blue was fun (and way better than the grandma-silver it was originally) but this is just so me! Even HB likes it, amidst grizzly-bear grumbles about the amount of pink accumulating in our bedroom.

I keep sneaking in pink things, hoping he won’t notice.

He does.

He lets me do it anyway.

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  1. 01.12.2011 / 12:27 am

    I love the pink. very classy and girly!

    • 01.12.2011 / 1:02 pm

      Thanks! I feel like the paler the pink, the easier to pull off in our later years–especially for bedrooms!
      When I was younger I *did* have a bedroom with pink walls…which I requested!

  2. 01.12.2011 / 12:48 am

    Love the pearly sheen! I've had tons of fun with acrylic paints (especially DIY ornaments we made this year!) but never thought to use it to mix up some of my frames. Also, please give tips on convincing your man to allow more pink in the home! So cute!

    • 01.12.2011 / 1:01 pm

      It's all about compromise. He gets to put the big-as-a-wall Sailfish on the wall in the office, I get pink accents in the bedroom. 😉

  3. 01.12.2011 / 10:38 am

    That color pink looks delicious, if a color could ever look delicious! I love it 🙂 Great and easy DIY.

    • 01.12.2011 / 1:05 pm

      Thanks and congrats again on the $500 PSS + Amex giveaway – spend wisely (and by wisely I mean only on fashion) 😉

  4. 01.12.2011 / 11:03 am

    Gorgeous mirror! The hubs and I are moving to NYC in March, and I keep accumulating things to update DIY-style – painting will certainly be a part of it!

    • 01.12.2011 / 1:04 pm

      How exciting, NYC! I'm so jealous!

  5. 01.12.2011 / 11:04 am

    Love that shade! Its much more appealing than the bubble gummy pink the first time around. Its cool and calming, a great color for a bedroom (even if one of the occupants is a boy…)

    • 01.12.2011 / 1:04 pm

      That's one of my favorite features of our new bedroom–the calming aspects. Much needed after a stressful day!

  6. 01.12.2011 / 11:09 am

    I like the light pink SO much better than the darker pink – It turned out really well. Our bedroom is in dire need of a makeover, but I have no idea what to do because my husband wouldn't let me get away with anything too pretty, so it's finding the happy medium that drives me crazy. He's super picky about colors/patterns… it's like trying to dress a 3-year old who says NO to everything 🙂

    • 01.12.2011 / 1:04 pm

      HB is really picky too…so I kinda had to "surprise" him little by little with pink touches here and there. 😉

  7. 01.12.2011 / 11:52 am

    wonderful! Crazy. Just last night, I was trying to think up a way to jujjj (sp??) up my big floor length, prompted up mirror I bought from IKEA. It's espresso brown, and it sits next to my espresso brown nightstand, and my espresso brown dresser. SNORE. It's quite huge, so I don't know if I have the patience to hand paint it like you did yours…but I'm thinking…gold leaf? something fun! anyway, super cute, and HB is a keeper (though I'm sure you know that by now.)

    • 01.12.2011 / 1:03 pm

      If you take a look at most craft stores, in the spray paint section they may carry gold metallic paint – easier to apply and way cheaper! Just make sure the cap looks metallic, not "shimmery" if that makes any sense. That'll tell you it is the kind that mimics gold foil! Good luck with it, sounds like it'll be amazing!

  8. 01.12.2011 / 1:11 pm

    that color is fabulous! it's the perfect color for that mirror.

  9. 01.12.2011 / 1:14 pm

    I love it! The husband would never let those colors in our bedroom…they had to be equally masculine as feminine. That was beyond hard since I love feminine colors. DIY projects are fantastic, they give you a sense of accomplishment, plus they can turn into a conversation piece : )

  10. 01.12.2011 / 1:17 pm

    now if only i had a mirror to vamp up! bah hum bug. might have to make a trip to a thrift store a flea market 😉

    btw the before & after made me giggle, because it was like find the six different things games. you moved the mirror!



  11. 01.12.2011 / 7:41 pm

    I love that pale pink! I remember when you painted it blue. 🙂 HB is awesome to let all that pink in. What is your secret?!

  12. 01.12.2011 / 7:57 pm

    This looks great! I think I could even do it and I am so not DIY/crafty-ish : )

  13. 01.12.2011 / 8:28 pm

    it's so gorgeous! thanks for sharing this 🙂 now…to convince my H that I need a pink mirror!

  14. 01.12.2011 / 9:44 pm

    Wow, that really was quite a shade of bubblegum pink before! 🙂 You did a great job getting the color just right. Lovely!

    P.S. – I LOVE your blogging guide, and actually found myself staying up way too late last night implementing a lot of those plugins. My site looks sooo much better now. You're truly an inspiration. Thank you, and keep up all the terrific work you're doing.

  15. 01.12.2011 / 11:10 pm

    HOW do you do it all Kristina

    excuse me while i use a hashtag in the wrong environment:


  16. 01.13.2011 / 7:58 am

    I am loving the pink mirror transformation! I love a good diy, and having just discovered that habitat for humanity seriously has the best thrift stores ever, I have been dreaming up so many projects in my head. If they have any near you, you have to check it out! So cheap and such good stuff 🙂

  17. 01.13.2011 / 11:58 am

    Wow, loving the new shade of pink… and liking the looks of your bedroom from the mirror; awesome accent pillow!

  18. 01.25.2011 / 12:10 am

    Absolutely adore that shade! Just found your blog and cant get enough! Newest edition to my RSS feed. I really loved your fashion blogging guide as well. Im just starting and didnt realize going into it how much there is to lear! Your guide let me in on some secrets I may have never discovered through my research. Thank you!

  19. 06.25.2011 / 3:30 pm

    Love this shade of pink. Good call! I love any paint DIY project. So easy-peasy, but such knock-out results!

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