Ever go into a project thinking "This is going to be awesome, I can't wait to show everyone!" only for it to turn into a complete nightmare? Welcome to my world :(
I'm a little embarrassed to show you guys my newly painted mirror but I said I would so here goes nothing...
Wondering why I'm embarrassed?
Brushstrokes galore. No idea what I did wrong. I added a ton of Floetrol to the paint (Behr's 'Precious Emerald' in high gloss) and painted the last two coats with a foam brush after the first coat of paint looked like crap when I was using a bristled brush. No matter how much paint I gobbed onto the surface, it never evened out or hid the brush strokes.
Stuck painter's tape amongst other things. I taped around the edge of the mirror (on the glass, under the mirror's frame) before covering it with Kraft paper so no paint would get on the mirror. I thought my plan was brilliant until the paint dried as hard as a rock and the tape refused to come out from under the frame.
Why didn't I just remove the mirror from the frame? That was my initial plan but when I ripped the Kraft paper off of the back of the mirror, there were 100+ mini staples holding a piece of styrofoam in place behind the mirror so the mirror wouldn't fall out. I figured that even if I could remove all of the staples, there was no way they were going to go back in and knowing my luck, the mirror would slip out of the frame and come crashing down onto the glass topped table below it sometime around 2AM which would set off our alarm and scare the bejesus out of me.
There's also drips, bubbled paint, chipped paint, etc. but I'm so mad at myself that I stopped taking photos. I really don't know what to do at this point. I'm one of those people who usually throws ruined projects away (if they're cheap) because I can't stand to be reminded of my failure. Unfortunately, this mirror wasn't cheap and although I want to chuck it out my window, I actually like it (minus the paint job).
I'm hoping I can strip off the existing green paint somehow so I can be left with a smooth surface to start over on. When spray painting season comes around again, I'll attempt to remove the frame from the mirror and spray multiple thin and even coats on it. If I can't get the staples back in place to hold the mirror, I'll just duct tape the mirror in place.
In the meantime, I think I'm done attempting to paint things unless they're flat and I can use a roller or spray paint. I just don't have the magic painting touch. Does anyone know if I can take this to an auto body shop and have them paint it? I have a feeling they'd do an amazing job but I don't know if they paint things other than cars.
Anyway, sorry for being a Debbie Downer. Tomorrow I'll be back with a DIY project that I actually succeeded at!