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Goodwill Craft- Creating a Round Mirror

 

I was on Crackerist…I mean Pinterest a few weeks ago and found this lovely room:

TOOK DOWN THIS PICTURE BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO GET SUED.
IT WAS ROUND AND PRETTY.
TRUST ME.

I love the whole room and all but what really drew me in was the mirror over the fireplace.

I loved the shape of it, how it looked almost old-fashioned and thought, hmmm…I wonder if I could make a mirror like that?

Yes, make it.

Because we all know that a mirror like the one above is gonna cost some serious coin.

So I was sitting in my family room last week and thought all I would need is something round that I could re-purpose/re-paint and try to find me some of that mercury glass spray paint that I hear is kind of hard to come by.

Then I stopped in a Goodwill near my doctor’s office last week and found this:

 

A baseball. The sad thing about this baseball is that it is a handmade item as it had the name of the small business owner’s little home-based company on the back. There was also a soccer ball and football on the same shelf so apparently, the previous owners were not big fans. But it was perfectly perfect for what I was looking to use it for, so thank you, little business owners.
Then as I was walking towards the register, I saw this on a shelf with all of the plates:
A metallic/mercury glass-ish plate! Actually, there were about five others there and I do regret not picking up a couple more since I could probably create something cool with them.
So I marched up to the registers, paid her for my 99 cent baseball and my $1.99 charger and literally skipped out of the store.
Here is what I did:
I painted the edges of the baseball black and left the middle unpainted as I would be placing the charger on top of this.
I used two-three coats of paint as I was out of black spray paint so I used what I had which was canned paint.
If I had used spray paint, I think it would have taken only two coats.
Then I took spray adhesive and sprayed the back of the plate and the middle of the baseball to stick.
This did not work.
I came home later that day to find the plate on the floor so I used my Liquid Nails glue instead and that worked perfectly.
Here is the finished product:
Doesn’t it look like a mirror?!
For now, I have it on the mantel as I am preparing to set up my fall mantel for a link party project at the end of the month.

 

I am so in love with this.

Every time I come into this room, this little mirror project makes me smile and that is a great ingredient for a perfect craft project, isn’t it?

So here is the cost breakdown:
1- wooden baseball– 99 cents at Goodwill. All you need to do is find something round. It could be any material or any size but just has to be round if you want to make this particular project. Goodwill is full of stuff like this on a regular basis, you just have to look “outside the box”. I did not find this in the frame department (which was the first area I flocked to in searching for something round), I found it with the sports equipment!
So always look “outside the box”!
2- mercury glass-ish plate– $ 1.99 at Goodwill. This was a lucky find, I totally admit it. I was actually going to make Home Depot my next stop in search of mercury glass spray paint since that was what I was going to do for the middle but I love how much better this turned out without it and I wasn’t even planning it! You could even go to a party store and look for round plastic plates in that metallic color as they give off the same look as the above!
3- black paint– I already had but will run you anywhere between 99 cents to 4 bucks.
4- glue- do not, I repeat, do not be dumb like me and use spray adhesive. Use the hardcore stuff like liquid nails or gorilla glue. Especially if you will be hanging in from a wall.
Total cost for me$ 2.98!

22 thoughts on “Goodwill Craft- Creating a Round Mirror”

  1. I love, love, love cookies 🙂 But I would have left a comment anyway ;o) This is so creative! I love going to goodwill and leaving with a vision. It's funny how energizing it is for a creative person… a lot of people don't understand why I am so excited when I leave goodwill (or yard sales!) Glad I'm not the only one skipping out of Goodwill! Really great job!

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  2. @ Rebecca- thanks friend and I definitely will show it to you later this week!@ Katie- your comment made me laugh and smile! I love that I am not the only one who gets a kick out of getting a good deal!

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  3. Awesome Blossom! Love that you skipped, I would have too. Great vision, I would hang that in my home as proud as punch! My local thrift store is calling my name… thanks for the fabulous inspiration!

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  4. You have no idea how happy it makes me when I can inspire someone else to make cool things out of Goodwill toss offs!!! Thanks for reading! 🙂

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  5. Looks great!!! I am visiting from House of Hepworths and I am a new follower!!! Hope to see you around my Delicately Constructed linky party this weekend!Have a great day!Michellewww.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  6. Thanks Kaitlin!And so nice to meet you Michelle! I am so excited to get new followers!I will run on over to your blog and check it out. 🙂

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  7. Wow!! This is so creative and I love how you were able to make it so cheap! It turned out super cute! Thanks for sharing this at What's In The Gunny Sack last week and I hope to see you again tomorrow!

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  8. This is so great! I love it! Thanks for sharing it with {Re}creation Into Something New Wednesdays at Not So Simple Housewife! Hope to see more from you this upcoming Wednesday!Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewifehttp://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/

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  9. I love the project AND the adorable story. {I talk to myself in public sometimes too}. I'm impressed with your ingenuity! Thanks so much for linking it up to Fab Friday.Warmly, Michelle

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  10. Thanks Ty and Whitty! @ Michelle- thanks for the compliment! I appreciate it and am honored that you even took the time to read it….as always, love the blog and linkin' up to your parties. 🙂

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