DIY Mirror Upcycle... For Free!

April 27, 2014

My 15 year old sister up-cycled her first project! *Happy Dance*
This has been a excitingly hectic week for our family due to my mom's graduation so my only plan for this weekend was to sleep. As I lazily lounged in my PJ's and binged on my Netflix Psych marathon, my 15 year old "baby" sister (whom I have always referred to as The Girl) asked me to help her paint this mirror one of the neighbors set out on the curb as trash.

First, can I address that this mirror is gorgeous! Not to mention it's metal and vintage, which means the craftsmanship is amazing. Second, I'm so proud that she saw the potential in this piece. Usually when I talk about the stuff I've upcycled in the past she seems so uninterested. I guess it just goes to show that kids really do pay attention. Finally, it was FREE! Doesn't get any better than that. Overall, I'm impressed. The Girl has good taste... and did I mention it's FREE?
After a little cleaning, I had her cover the mirror with painters tape. She said she wanted it to be a pastel pink, but she also didn't want to use any of her money for supplies (That's my girl). As we looked around the house for supplies to keep this project completely free, we found all kinds of stuff to make this happen. I had her spray paint the mirror white as a base for the pink paint. 

Once it dried, she mixed the electric pink and metallic silver paint to get the color she wanted. The Girl then applied the pink paint with a foam brush in light even strokes and allowed it to dry. After it was all said and done, this was the final result. She did a great job, right?
After she got done painting we just chilled in the backyard in our jammies and watched the pups (aka Hooligans) ran about. As the afternoon progressed, I couldn't help but think of  how awesome and creative this girl is. It's always amazing to watch a child imagine and then bring their vision to life. I'm so glad I was able to be a part of this moment and create memories with her... 
Until the next Pajama Project,

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