Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Driftwood Mirror Makeover

I have many driftwood items throughout my house, but one of the first projects I wanted to tackle was my entrance hall mirror.


It was beautiful, but the entryway table was white and I wanted a lighter look than the dark tones of the driftwood to match the vintage table. 

I recruited a few friends for a DIY project and in just a few hours we had a beautiful change.

Here's how we changed the look of the mirror:

l. First, we protected the mirror by taping newspaper on the surface.

2. After using a bristle brush to roughen up the surface, we gave it a light dusting to remove any residue.

3. A spray can of white paint was all it took to cover the wood. I didn't need it to be coated with many coats of paint as I liked the darker shadows inside the mirror to add texture and contrast. Just a few light layers of spray paint, allowing time to dry between coats.

4. The fun part was going through our stash of shells and sea glass; using a hot glue gun, we arranged clusters of sea treasures in each corner.  We also added a few individual pieces of sea glass in random places around the frame for a little sparkle and pop of color.

5.  When all was dried, I sprayed the entire frame and sea shell clusters with a clear coat of polyurethane to seal it. (Note: This was an outdoor project and I highly recommend spray paint and polyurethane spray projects to be in well-ventilated areas or outdoors.)


I think it's a beautiful way to welcome guests to Sea Glass Cottage!

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  1. How pretty! I love all things coastal and the lighter look and the addition of the shells is just perfect for this. I'm visiting from Before and After Wednesday.

    1. Thank you for visiting, Beverly! I'll be sure to look for your post at Before and After Wednesday.

  2. You did an amazing job on this! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  3. How wonderful, Kathryn! Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my project.

  4. Joanne, the Weekly Feature Series is live. Head on over to check out your feature and the other 24 features from the week. Here is the link so you can check it out. Have a lovely Sunday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. Kathryn, thank you so much! I'm off to check out the Week Feature. All Best!