Friday, June 3, 2011

Cover your Brass!

Like most of my Y chromosome bearing counterparts I covet mirrored furniture. Sure its impractical and high maintenance plus unforgiving to the easily bruised but I wouldn't be dissuaded by anything (except the price tag)!

I lucked out and found this piece on Craigslist about 3 minutes after it was posted. I arranged for pick-up the next morning and it was POURING! Luckily I am water resistant and travel with towels.

I'm 32 so brass and I go way back to the days when it was ubiquitously and tragically everywhere. The first thing I did was Painter's Tape off all the glass.

Then I took my $3 bottle of Rustoleum white spray paint and gave it a few light coats. Then a few more. Then I waited a few days and sprayed it again for good measure.

In between all that drying I bought these cute little Glira knobs at Ikea. Originally I wanted glass, then lucite, then plastic clear knobs. Even though I moved down the quality of material ladder the price wasn't getting low enough for me.

Unfortunately I over-tightened the last knob and now have a crack running through the glass. The glass is pretty stuck on and luckily this is the bottom shelf so I am not concerned about glass shards finding their way through the soles of my feet into my blood stream to kill me.

At least I wasn't until I thought it through and typed out that sentence ;)

So here it is untaped and sitting in a safe corner whle I continue organizing the new place. The paint seeped under the tape in a few places but scraped right off with my thumbnail. The white looks 1000 times better and now I own a piece of delicate furniture so heavy it will probably never be moved again by me.

Isn't life delightful?



Rust-Oleum Scott said...

Great job transforming this project. It looks great! Keep up the great work and thank you so much for using Rust-Oleum.

Anonymous said...

you are so funny :) Looks really good. I know what you mean about that bright shiny yellow finish - just looks dated. Great way to give it a few droplets from the proverbial fountain of youth. Paint and hardware both! Kudos!!

the cape on the corner said...

wow, that's a fantastic redo! i am getting a jonesing for some mirrored furniture, but i am definitely a silver gal. i love this, and you did a really great job!

Ashleigh@Sincerely said...

this is great! i love that you painted the glass white. looks so much better!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

what a great project! love it. bummer about the broken glass though. Hopefully it can be fixed without too much $$ (hate it when you find a great deal and then something happens to make it less of a deal...had a few of those recently!) thanks for sharing at Transformations and Treasures!