This week I decided to take an old, ugly mirror and make it pretty enough to fit in with my gorgeous new apartment. The mirror was bought by my mother over a decade ago because she thought it would match the decorating scheme of my teenage bedroom. It didn’t. It continued its streak of not matching anything I own through a couple more bedrooms until last week, when I figured that enough was enough and went shopping for a replacement. After not being able to find anything suitable (and non-ugly) at a price I was willing to pay, I came to the cold, hard realization that this mirror was going to follow me to the ends of the Earth. This is when I decided that I would try painting it, because chances were slim that it would come out looking worse.
My first step was to go to the hardware store for some paint swatches so I could match the mirror to the colour of the mouldings in the apartment. I then had tester jar of paint mixed up in my desired shade of white. When I came home, I cut a large, plastic recycling bag down one side and the bottom to fashion a plastic sheet, which I draped over my dining table. I then put down enough newsprint to cover most of the table, just in case the plastic layer failed, and taped the edges of the mirror with masking tape. I also purchased a small sponge brush, but quickly gave it up in preference of a standard artist’s brush, which gave me more control and made it easier to get into all the crevices of the frame.
After three coats of paint, I removed the tape, happy to see that it had prevented any paint from being applied to the mirror, and cleaned the paint residue off with some Windex and a soft cloth. If you attempt a similar project and do get paint on your mirror, you can remove it with one of your nearest man’s razor blades. If your nearest man doesn’t shave with a double edge/safety razor, tell him to stop shaving like a boy, and start shaving like a real man.