The Canadian bloggers of the #12 Months of DIY group are at it again! And this time, our challenge was to find something at Value Village – an iconic Canadian thrift store chain. So I headed to my local store and came home with a trio of accent mirrors to upcycle for our master bedroom.
With Earth Day approaching this Friday, my thoughts turn to how we can do something small to help our planet. Shopping at thrift stores like Value Village is one small way to make a difference. Did you know that North Americans throw away 81 pounds of clothing and textiles every year? That doesn’t include all the “hard goods” that we throw away. Value Village is one of the largest recyclers of used clothing in the U.S. and Canada – keeping over 650 million pounds of items from the landfill. On a personal note, I’ve been using recycled items in my home for years – items from auctions, from yard sales and of course, thrift shops. So when we were asked to upcycle something from Value Village, it was an easy task to find these accent mirrors and take them from the gold of the 90’s to something more suitable for our master bedroom makeover.
We’re taking a very dated master bedroom and turning it into a tranquil spot with neutral tones and a touch of turquoise for contrast. Taking these mirrors from gold bling to an aged stone look was quite easy. Here’s how I did it….
Step 1 – Base Coat:
To create the layered look of crackled stone, I painted them in Fusion Mineral Paint in Algonquin – the same paint that I used on the Metallic Nightstands for the bedroom.
Step 2 – Apply Crackle Compound
Once the base coat was dry, I applied a liberal coat of Modern Masters Crackle Finish. By applying a heavy coat, it allowed for larger cracks. I love how you can control the crackle finish by either using a lighter or heavier coat of the medium. Allow it to dry thoroughly – I usually leave it overnight just to be sure.
Step 3 – Final Coat of Colour
To get the stone colour I wanted, the final coat was Old White from Annie Sloan Chalk Paints. Remember when creating a crackle effect, you want to some contrast between the base coat and top coat. There are literally hundreds of combinations you can create – dark base/light top coat, bare wood/light top coat, light base coat/deep colour on top. I like the shadows that using a darker base creates with the crackle. One of my favourite combinations is Annie Sloan Duck Egg base and Old White top like I used on an old china cabinet I redid a couple of years ago.
Step 4 – Dark Wax Finish
Finally, I used Dark Wax by Annie Sloan to give the mirrors an aged look. It also acts as a highlighter for the darker base coat. The official instructions for this dark wax ask that you apply Clear Wax first so that you’re not “dying” the actual paint. But because it was meant to darken the paint, I didn’t mind that effect.
There’s a narrow space between the door into the bedroom and the closet door that’s exposed when the door is open (which is most of the time). It’s generally “lost space”. With the addition of the upcycled accent mirrors, it’s become an interesting little spot in the bedroom.
Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY fabric project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.
From the top left, they are:
Value Village very kindly supplied us with gift cards so that we could each choose something to upcycle. However all the opinions regarding Value Village and thrift shopping are my own.