…So I got all “HGTV” on it

First day as a free man and what do I do?

I get all HGTV on a table that’s been sitting in our living room since we moved to LA.  My plan: to buy a mirror, antique it (WTF?!), attach that antiqued mirror as the new table top, and paint the table to give a bit more life to our chill pad.

What’s more amazing, when I told my the wife that I was doing it (i.e. put my FOOT DOWN!) she said, “Fine. Do whatever you want. I don’t care.”

I swear, I’ve never heard her say those words before IN MY LIFE. 

Here, I had my whole argument laid about why changing the color of the table would better our lives, bring us more immediate happiness, and help feed starving children in Africa, but I didn’t even have to dig into my bag of tricks. 

“Fine. Do whatever you want. I don’t care.”  God, I love that woman…

So first thing I did was google how the f— I’m supposed to antique a mirror (this sh@t just don’t come natural to any dude!).  

Thank you HGTV.COM.  Here’s the exact link if you’re interested to follow my journey (and I don’t use that word lightly).

P.S. Both the table (no longer sold in stores) and the mirror (all I did was detach it from the frame) were from IKEA. Hollah!!  

The table in the wild…

The table without any clothes on

The mirror before I got to work on it

I used Rust-Oleum’s Universal Spray paint for this project mainly because it eliminated an extra step of having to prime (cutting corners!) with the black table. The Universal series is basically paint and primer in one.

Originally, I wanted to do a pop of color with the table and make it a kind of trendy light blue (needless to say, that’s a made-up name), but when I got to Lowe’s I opted for the Copper instead because I thought it’d be less dated down the line. I also liked the texture, but who knows how things turn out until you start shootin’.

Also, in case you’re wondering I used my wife’s Christmas wrapping paper to lay the table on. Thanks, boo!

I didn’t think it was supposed to look THAT gold!

Strip!

Use a plastic paint scrapper. Don’t do a mental one, or you’ll scrap the mirror (one thing I actually DIDN’T learn the hard way on this project!)

Clean-Strip Premium Stripper to remove the back of the mirror. Aerosol can works best.

Also, notice how I’m now rockin’ the hot purple rubber gloves as opposed to the clear latex ones?  Why do you think that is?  I’ll give you once guess…and it had to do with me (once again) learning the hard way.

Paint stripper eats through latex!  Makes for an interesting (i.e. burning!) sensation when touching the skin, so please take my word for it on this one 🙂

A little Klean-Strip Muriatic Acid to remove mirror once you’re removed the mirror backing. I did like the instructions said. Pour into a spray bottle and spray onto the mirror itself.

Just a quick note, but from here on down this project becomes a little bit more artistic because you have to consider your antique design.  

Something I definitely underestimated before taking this project on…

The muriatic acid stripping the mirror itself making pieces of it into a window.

This took me a solid 30 minutes before mirror flakes started coming off.  What helps is taking a paper towel and blotting the areas that you sprayed to see if it’s ready to come off.

BTW…make sure you’re on a flat surface.  I was on a slight decline, so I ended up with a few streaks that look like someone took a wee on my mirror instead of nice antiqued blotches…**sigh**…FML.

A few coats of gold spray paint

Can’t tell you how many coats to use.  Gotta judge it on the fly!

Also, once the paint is dry you can glue it to your table.  I used epoxy as it’s supposed to hold 1,500 lbs per square inch.  Overkill?  Naaaaahhhh……

The final product!

Was it worth it?  The wife told me it looked a bit ’70’s, but she still gave me a few kisses for the effort.

Here’s a close-up…

Should have stripped more around the edges….lesson for next time…

Good luck!!

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