Filling in the blanks and gaps

…is a line from a Frightened Rabbit song, in case you’ve also had the working title of a blog post in your head for the better part of a week while you wait to take pictures, because it’s already dark when you get home from the gym after work now, and it elicits a song in your head that you know you love, but you can’t quite identify and won’t look up. Backwards Walk (YouTube link), you’re welcome.

Last weekend, I finally gave the mirror in my living room a coat of paint and hung it on the wall.

Before:

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After:

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It’s a mirror that my mom bought about ten years ago to stage the family room just before she and my father moved. It lived in the garage for a while, and then I’ve hauled it to three Philly apartments in the last couple years. It’s heavy as a stack of cinder blocks and a little worse for the wear.

I thought about painting it yellow or another bright color, but I’ve been really drawn to gold recently, and the classic color seemed more versatile. I found this great blog post from Brittany Makes that incredibly helpfully compared gold metallic spray paints, and decided to go with Montana Gold’s Gold Chrome.

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It goes on beautifully, covered many of the frame’s imperfections, looks a lot more like metal than paint. I did smudge it a little when hanging it even after it was dry and had time to cure, so I would be hesitant to use it on a frequently handled object, but overall, I’m incredibly pleased.

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I’ve hung some more art and filled in some of the spaces with some of my vintage and painted silverware, and the big blank wall is starting to look a lot less blank these days.

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One comment

  1. […] the left, is the living room with the gold wall, spray painted mirror and the grey shag rug, which is holding up beautifully. The crocheted garland is the very smallest […]

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