Dear Hobby Lobby, Have I told you lately that I love you? And if I ever cared before, it all just escalated when I walked down your 90% off aisle the other day. I found doo-dads & tchochkes at prices that made my heart pitter-patter. You’ve given me freedom I never had before. Freedom to paint and re-paint, freedom to purpose & re-purpose, freedom to cover anything that doesn’t move with moss, freedom to accessorize something and then change my mind & decide to put it somewhere else. A love like ours is sure to last. (At least as long as I have craft money to spend.) See you soon! Julie

Yes, it’s true. There were mirrors and vases and stuff with no names. And I came home with my fair share. Here is a peek at some of my findings. (I’ll tell you about the other parts in future posts).

The great thing was that I found a couple mirrors on this aisle that were exactly what I had been looking for. Here they are in their “before” state, an absolute steal at $1.30 each.

My plan was to paint them white, and their dark finish made them perfect candidates for distressing. Once again, I used craft paint, the 99-cent makeover-in-a-bottle. I brushed on a couple coats of white, and let them dry overnight. It’s very important, when distressing, to make sure the paint dries thoroughly before proceeding to the next step, which is lightly sanding. I recommend a 220 grit sandpaper, which is very fine. The goal is to remove some of the paint to let the dark finish show through.

I just gently rubbed the sandpaper over the raised edges of the mirror. By the way, I have found that the best candidates for distressed finishing are pieces with an un-even surface, such as these mirrors. Be careful not to sand too hard in one area, or it may take off more paint than you want to.

Just sand off as much or as little as you want until you get the look you want. There are other methods of achieving distress, but this is the one I prefer because it’s super easy!

My new “old” mirrors are now in their places on either side of my brand new canvas. {Click here to see this canvas & other new products I just added to my shop!}