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helpful painting tutorial

At least I'll attempt to be helpful.

So to get here (above), we gotta start here (below).

Taping all edges is first up. Then prep space for painting by using newspaper/etc to cover all area. TIP: I think propping the mirror up off the surface/floor would have been beneficial to prevent pooling paint at the bottom edge. Cutting off the dried paint was far less appealing than a nice backside edge.

Meet my new best friend. Primer spray paint—oh, how I love you. This stuff was so easy to apply and I think made the finished product look really good. I plan to use this on every paint project from now on.

Taking this project seriously, I bought a NICE edging brush and good paint. The three supplies (primer/brush/paint) ran just over $20, but made for a great end product finish.

After one primer and two coats of paint, I removed the tape before the second coat was dry. Needless to say I had a few leaks and paint on the mirror (above). To clean up the mirror surface, I used fingernail polish remover (with acetone) and razor blade. This worked really well and I don't think the mirror sustained any damage during its makeover.

All purdy and ready to hang!

While not the most inspiring post I've ever written, I hope it's helpful when you come across a paint project in the future. Have a most excellent weekend! I plan to do some crafty projects and should have fun things to show next week. How about your weekend plans???

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Reader Comments (2)

Yay! I have a couple of spray painting projects up my sleeve for the weekend, so knowing about the spray primer is a great tip! I shall try it out!

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I love that you saw what it could be. So many items we own or come across are bleh on their own, but with some updating and creativity they turn out great. I love the end result. And I'm loving the tip of spray primer!!

March 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori

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