Remember when I told you Susan was awesome? Well, I don’t mess around when I say things like that. Just check out her creative solution for her once-awkward entryway space. And while it was so cheap to make – only $25! – it doesn’t look it one bit. Check out her DIY tutorial to see what she came up with and how she pulled off such a great product on the cheap. And if you like it and want to do the same, scroll down to the bottom – she’s got several doors left! Drop her a comment here and let her know. Take it away, Susan!
I have been struggling with what to do with our front entry way – it needed something with subtle impact. I knew I could do some DIY project, but what? Finally, it hit me. I have several (and I mean several, like 9!) pairs of glass doors from china display cabinets (see note below for why I have so many of these!).
I was browsing a local craft store and came upon the display of Krylon spray paints. At first it looked like your typical display of spray paint, but at a closer look I realized that one of the choices was called “Looking Glass – Mirror Like Paint.” Right away, I knew that was it – make the glass from these doors look like a mirror (without having to have mirrored glass cut to fit, which could cost a small fortune!). (Sidenote: How awesome is Mirror Like Paint?!?)
First I removed the glass and all the hardware from the doors:
I then put down some cardboard in the garage and put the glass on the cardboard. I figured in the garage would be best, then none of the millions of leaves that are falling in my yard right now would end up crusted in my spray paint! (Note: For this project, you paint the backside of the glass.)
The directions say to spray about 5 light coats, letting it dry in between. I think I did about 6 coats, but each of mine where very light – leaving the glass with more of a smoky glass look than a real mirror look. I actually like it better this way for this project, because it almost looks like an antique mirror:
After getting the glass secured back in the door frames, I decided the hardware needed some help. Originally it was just a matte silver, but I thought it needed to stand out a little more. I got a can of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint at the local home improvement store. I used the same piece of cardboard in the garage and gave the hardware 2 coats of the bronze spray paint.
With all the hardware put back on, it was time to hang the doors on the wall over a console table I already had there. I figured it would be no big deal, but after several days of my husband trying to get them level and hung just right so they would look like a closed set of doors, he was ready to kill me!
Now I just need Ali (queen of accessorizing) to come over and help me finish off the space!
Note: I make soy candles, kind of as a hobby/small business. I have had my candles in several consignment shops, thus I needed display cabinets. I had removed all the doors from these cabinets, to have open shelving. I just couldn’t throw the doors away, it seemed like I could find something to do with them. I have some in black, and some in off-white (as shown in my pics). I also have some that are arched (as shown) and some that are rectangular. For anyone who wants to do something like this, let me know – I have plenty of doors!!!
Here is the cost breakdown:
- Krylon Looking Glass paint – 2 cans for about $15 (normally $12 each, but they were 40% off!)
- Oil Rubbed Bronze spray painT, about $8
- Total – less than $25!