Thursday, February 17, 2011

Guest Post: At Home With K

I am blog swapping today with Kindra from At Home With K.
This is my first blog swap and I know that you will love Kindra!

Hello Emerald Cove Readers, Followers and Friends! I'm Kindra from At Home With K and I'm taking over Michelle's blog for the day. :)

A little bit about myself...I'm a full time stay-at-home mom, part time night nurse. I have 3 Fabulous Men in my life-Hubby, Mr. K (7) and Mr. T(3). They are the light of my life! In my spare time, I love to Create and Decorate on a Budget...and blog about it!

Recently I did a project on an old door that I would love to share with you today.

I love old doors, don't you?! They just don't make them like they used to. I found this door below for $5.

It wasn't the best of shape.

Peeling paint, dirt, grime...

Complete with dog/cat scratches at the base of the door.

My hubby cut a small section off the bottom of the door where it was beat up.

I scraped off the loose paint. Then I cleaned up the surface with bleach and water.

After it was dry, I painted the best side of the door with some paint I already had.

Here's what I used.

After it was dry, I took my electric sander and sanded down the surface and edges to give it a more distressed look.

Then I stained the surface with MinWax Dark Walnut Stain.

All you do is wipe on the stain and then wipe off with a clean rag.

Here you can see the difference where I stained and didn't stain.

I thought the stain made the door a little too dark for the look that I was going I dry brushed some of my white paint over the stain to lighten it up a little more. I probably would of used MinWax Early American instead but I was just using what I had at home and Dark walnut was all I had.

After it was dry, I could of stopped there. But I had more plans for this cute little door.

I saw this mirror post from Meridian Road and just knew I had to try it out someday.

So I went on a hunt for some mirror spray paint. This stuff is kind of hard to find. But on a Hobby Lobby trip one day, I found it! With a 40% off coupon, I got this can for around $5.

This spray paint is cool! You make your glass surface into a mirror. Now it's not the same as a real mirror but it does give a neat looking glass image.

According to the directions I sprayed the BACK side of the window with 5 light, even coats. It takes an hour to "cure". I did this while the door was propped up against my work bench.

The paint gave the glass a wonderful mirror look and I loved it! But I didn't stop there. I wanted to give the "mirror" a more aged look. So while the surface was still tacky, I placed my door on some saw horses so the door was laying down.

Not knowing if this was going to work or not...I took a spray bottle and (crossing my fingers) sprayed around the edges randomly. And as you can see some of the area where I sprayed began to bubble up! It's so nice when an idea actually works. :)

I waited for all the water to dry before moving the door upright because I wouldn't want water marks running down the mirror. It took about an hour in my semi-cold garage to dry.

And here is my mirror door today!

Here you can see where I sprayed the water to give it an aged look.

Hey, that's me! See how cool this paint is?!

We added the door to our (boring) bedroom. This room will get a makeover soon. Now this just inspires me to get going on this room project!

No door knob, but that's okay. I took the plate and I dry brushed some white paint on it. After it was dry I sanded it down and added some stain. I love the look it created!

Wouldn't this mirror spray paint be cool to use on the glass of some old picture frames?! You could make a collage of mirrors on your wall. Real mirrors can be pricey sometimes, so this would be a great alternative!

For other thrifty projects like this, come on by my blog-At Home With K and check out some of my past projects!

Thank you so much, Michelle, for letting me guest post today! You're the best!

Thank you Kindra!!
I just L.O.V.E. that door and mirror!! She gave me the idea for the little mirror in my room and I was so giddy when I saw hers (yes I think I even squealed a bit) that I HAD to do that too! I will be showing you that when I post on my bedroom!!

Thank you Kindra for coming over and sharing your amazing door and or always inspiring me with your creative talents!



Inspire Me Heather said...

Nice to meet you Kindra - your door turned out fantastic!

Lisa said...

Thanks so much Kindra and Michelle. I'm pretty excited about this since I grabbed an old door for $5 last weekend. I haven't come across Krylon products in Australia - yet. I'm sure they must be here somewhere. I'll definitely pop over to your blog Kindra.

Lisa x

Lisa said...

Oh, and congratulations on your first blog swap Michelle. Another milestone successfully reached.

Lisa x

Denise said...

I really am loving this project!

Extreme Personal Measures

D&G Stories said...

Lovely project! Have to try that mirror spray paint!

Shellbelle said...

I'm going to have to look for the mirror paint this weekend, what a cool product!

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

Good job, Kindra! I love the hardware. Thanks for sharing Kindra with us, Michelle. Now off to K's to see what you have to say.

High Street Cottage said...

That looks fantastic Kindra, I will have to hop over to your blog today too, how fun! xoxo tami

Jenni said...

Kindra, this is such a great idea to create a mirror on the glass of your old door~ it turned out amazing! I am SO excited to find out about this glass spray, too! :) I just LOVE the way your door looks! :)

Michelle, thanks so much for having Kindra share! I hope you both have a wonderful day! :)


Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

What a great idea! and a great tutorial.
That old door is cool too.

Glad you shared this idea.
Question: I see old doors like yours propped up in homes all over blog land, do you secure them some how? Do you worry about it falling over on the kiddos? Or getting knocked over?
Just curious. I don't have kids at home anymore but I do have Grands that visit regularly.

Have a blessed day~

Deborah said...

Well hello there my friend!! This is just lovely Kindra..what a talent you are!!
Love how you changed the look of the glass too...:)
Now Ill go visit Michelle at your place! lol

Deborah xoxo

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Fun blog swap!

Kindra, your mirrored door is sooooo charming! I've yet to try the "Looking Glass" spray paint. I love the character it added! You did a great job!

Thanks for sharing this great tutorial!

Hope you girls have a wonderful week!
xoxoxo ~Michelle

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

I have been trying to find that Looking Glass at Michaels but they don't carry it.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

oh that looks amazing!!! i love the refelcting glass spray paint!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Congrats on the first blog fun!
I am also going to check out the looking glass spray paint! The door looks great!

Anne said...

That's so cool, how the water made the mirror finish bubble up. Smart thinking! Fun post.

Amy@HomeRemediesRX said...

Wow, I love this project! I have never seen the mirror paint before, it's so fun! I'll be popping over to visit Kindra and see what other fun projects she's done...

Low Tide High Style said...

Very, very cool! I've never seen mirror paint and I love how it looks like an antique mirror! Your door is beautiful and I love this idea!

Kat :)

Kindra-At Home With K said...

Thank you all for your kind comments. I really do appreciate them all!! And thank you Michelle for blog swapping with me today! Your so sweet and talented and I was glad to show you off to my readers/followers! Hugs.

P.S. For Corn in my Coffee-Pot-No, I didn't secure my door to the wall. And I'm sure the other bloggers didn't as well. If you feel a little uneasy about this then I do recommend you secure your door or mirror with some screws. Hope that helps.

The Crafty Side Of Life said...

LOVE it! Where did you find the door?

The Crafty Side Of Life

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

That really turned out great. I love the aged look of it. I can't believe you got the door for 5 bucks! Thanks for sharing Kindra!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING LADIES! I so love seeing TRANSFORMATION, and both of you are queens in that domain!!! HELLO MICHELLE! KUDOS TO YOU KINDRA!!! Hugs from thawing and lovely MINNESOTA!!! Have a great weekend, Anita

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures/Treasured Moments said...

Wow. That door is so cool. I have seen the looking glass paint before. Now I want some to try it out. The door was a great choice. Thanks for having your friend over. I enjoyed her post.

~K @ VintageSkye said...

That is a showstopper! I've been wanting to try that paint but can't find it in my area. Guess I'll have to order it now that I saw proof of how lovely it is!

A Vintage Vine said...

Great project! Love the look of old doors! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi Michelle,

Oooh, a blog swap. How did I miss this post?

That mirror idea is so great. I love it that she decided to spray it and hope for the best!! And look how well it turned out? Gorgeous!



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