Oh Sally, you’re so good to me…

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Anyone who’s been avidly reading my blog for the last 9 months (I know there must atleast be one, surely?) will know of my love of mirrors , The Salvation Army and fixer-upper DIY projects.

This week my dear friend Emily Lamb (the girl with the GREAT shoes, check ‘em out HERE) saw this bargalicious (only £3) mirror in the Salvation Army shop opposite her great, and it has to be said slightly more expensive shop, Eighty Six (more information about that HERE) on Dumbarton Road. I’d recommend locating your nearest Sally Army shop, it rarely let’s me down and is always good for a cheap as chips fixer-upper. I’ve agreed to give the old gal (the mirror, not Emily) a little spruce up and donate it to her shop for your viewing pleasure!

In part one of this little project I’ll be naming the mirror and prepping it for it’s make-over. Get. Ready. Let’s go…

The Name
I’ve decided to name the mirror Penny, mainly because Sally was already taken by a previous project but also because it’s a Lamb (as in Emily) family name (I thought it might be a bit strange for her to work in a shop and have to share her name with the mirror) and because I was once out and about with this particular Lamb and she mentioned a fondness for a mirror in The Ubiquitous Chip. I’ll try and replicate that one as best as I can.

The Prepping

1. Tape it up – It’s best to protect the glass and any other features that you don’t want to ruined. No-one want to restore a mirror only to find the glass is completely destroyed!

 

2. Take it off – Using a paint brush apply some varnish/paint remover to the dodgy gold/blue painted areas. Best to follow the instructions on the your particular product but I tend to lay it on thick and leave for a few minutes.

 

3. Scrape it up – Using a scraper remove the paint and remover from the wood. You want to scrape hard enough that it removes all the rubbish paint but not so hard that you damage the wood. It’s a thin line. Best to err on the side of caution – you can always do another coat of the remover.

 

4. Give it a wash – Using a damp cloth or a bit of kitchen towel, remove any excess remover and paint. If it’s a fine wood you can use white spirit but for most water will do the trick nicely!

 

5. Sand it down – Using the scraper will more than likely have left your wood fairly rough, so use a nice fine sand paper to smooth it all out.

 

Well, I think that’s enough to be getting on with. Next week I’ll be starting to give Penny a little jazz up, goodness knows she needs it. If you’re DIY-ing right along with me, comment below I’d love to hear what you’re working on!

Until next time…