Australian landlords generally don't allow you to attach things to walls without express consent (it's one of many very restrictive rental rules here that make me crazy), so I couldn't use one of those inexpensive mirrors that can be stuck to a surface -- instead, I needed a full-length mirror that I could hang from an existing hook on a particular wall. And since we're only renting, I didn't want to spend a ton of money on something to fit that specific space.
I finally found something suitable at one of those stores that sell low priced homewares and knock-off goods. The shoddy Baroque styling wasn't my favorite, but it was the right price (read: cheap), would fit the space, and I figured I could funky it up with a can of spray paint.
Here's the before, including yours truly in all my crappy-and-unflattering-painting-clothes and makeup-free glory:
HOT, I know. Try to restrain yourselves.
Then came my least favorite part -- taping off the surface:
Wait no -- THIS was my least favorite part. Ugh. Sanding is the WORST.
And FINALLY, the fun part! I looooove spray painting shit. I have zero patience for letting paint layers dry (which was why I never used oils in my past life as an art student), so the instant gratification of spray paint is right up my alley.
I'd opted for a bright, cheerful yellow:
After one light coat:
After the third and final coat:
And finally, in our home:
It's still not a thing of beauty, but it's bright and cheerful, and I can make sure I don't look like a total hobo before I leave the house, so I'm declaring it a win. Yay for finally having a mirror on the wall!