Much to my surprise, I actually finished TWO projects yesterday. Many moons ago I bought this mirror at a flea market for $3. The frame was interesting, and the mirror was perfectly shabby. The paint however? A horrible brown. All these years I have meant to either try and sand the brown paint off or repaint it, but I never got around to it.
With my brand new sewing room spiffed up (with lots of pink accents), I decided it was time to get it off the floor in there and finally paint it.
So, pink it is! It has gone from being a "so so" mirror to me to "I love it!". You can actually see the flowers on the frame now.
It also illustrates flea marketing tip #1,993, have vision. If someone else had painted the mirror pink the price tag would have been $20 or more (pink is still a hot color at the flea market). Ugly brown? Sure lady, that's yours for $3. So, while my eye is drawn to everything that is already white, pink or aqua and shabby, I try to look at the shape of things, the details, the possibilities, no matter what the current color. If it is a small project, it may be worth buying and doing yourself.
(I say small, because it literally took me 5 years to get around to painting the mirror. And it was a small project. I have to be honest about how much time I have to change things when I buy them. I no longer buy anything that is a massive project because it never gets done.)
Labels: Flea market