Saturday, October 5, 2013

Mirrored Furniture For Less with Plexiglass

Create a mirrored dresser using plexiglass and looking glass spray paint. Dresser Painted with Martha Stewart Precious Metals.

I linked up with creations by kara. be sure to check her out and link up also if you have something amazing to show off! 

We are moving and since I no longer will have a built in dresser in my closet I needed to get a new one. Our two night stand are the real beveled mirror pieces. So I decided to try to replicate that.. Yes I could have gone and had mirrored glass cut for each section but I didn't want to pay that much.

So it hit me while in hobby lobby there is a product called looking glass spray paint found here. I decided to try that out on plexiglass and see if it would work. It didn't give me the exact thing I wanted but it still looked nice and gave me a way to hide the old hinge holes. It probably works better on real glass; However, the plexiglass was easy to cut.

I found this dresser at a yard sale for a whopping 40$.

que cruddy ipad pictures since my dslr is packed up in a box somewhere.

I had never used a metallic paint before so I headed to home depot to see what they had. I found 3 options. A Rustoleum paint, Spray paint, and the Martha Stewart Precious Metals. The Precious metals matched the closest to what we currently had so I got that...however I wont be rushing to use it again anytime soon I'll elaborate on that a little later...

I chose Zinsser primer since I was planning to use this on our upcoming cabinet redo and wanted to see how it preformed.

I started by cleaning off the piece with a damp rag.. I did try a liquid sander but it was basically pointless.. so I just started priming

right is first coat. Left is second coat of primer

I was pretty happy with how the primer went on and how well it stuck.

Next the part that almost made me cry.. I started on the first coat of the silver paint.. see for your self 

I dont know how else to describe this paint other than the consistency of crappy nail polish... It did end up working but after 5 coats.. Maybe i'm spoiled with my annie sloan chalk paint. But painting something 5 times isn't very fun especially after two coats of primer. I also struggled with it being runny.  I had lots of drips to try and catch but at the same time it dried fast so it was hard to keep a wet line to help blend your paint strokes.. it would also cover some areas thicker and leave almost nothing in others. My suggestion would be if your going to use this maybe have your primer tinted closer to a grey so that it covers more quickly.. or try a different product.

Next came the plexiglass 

about 5 coats later.

Here is a picture of one of drawers. The old hardware was brass colored. I contemplated spray painting it. But just decided to get new instead.

this was my test cut of plexiglass. Cut with an exacto blade by scoring multiple times. So you dont crack the edge like in this one.

Here shows my solution to hiding the old hardware holes. 

I cut all the plexiglass to the size needed.. then laid out and followed the directions on the spray paint. I left the plastic coating on while cutting and on the unpainted side while spraying.. 

I watched a google video on how to drill through plexiglass and the guy recommended a drill bit called the step bit. here. It worked great. Went through so easy and didn't crack the plexiglass. 

I drilled my drawer holes with a reg drill bit. 

Thats about it.. I installed the new drawer pulls. I had bought some liquid nails for mirrors, but found the pulls held the plexiglass in place, so I skipped it. Figured I could change it out if I got tired of it. I'm still debating on if I want to glue the side ones in place. Right now I decided to wait. 

I hate giving a product a bad rap.. Maybe I didn't use it right.. but it did take me 5 coats before I was finally ok with the way it looked. I will say it does seem to have stuck well. Only time will tell.

Anyone have any better luck with the Martha Stewart paint. Im curious to know?  

more reflective in person
sorry for the bad photos
The best part....

Total cost beak down
dresser                 $40
paint                    $28
Plexiglass           $10
Spray paint         $12
New pulls            $ 33

total cost:          $123

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  1. I really like your concept of adding the plexiglass! Very creative and it looks great!

  2. This looks so great! Goo job. I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers.

    1. Thanks Kayla ill be sure and check it out. This is my first time doing the link up thing so I'm kinda new to it all

  3. I've never tried that paint but I do think your end result is gorgeous! Great idea to use plexiglass!
    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  4. I feel your pain about the paint! I have tried almost every one on the market with the same result. A few years back while at home depot I ran into a vendor that was curious about my paint choices. We struck up a conversation about metallic paints. I said that you need a lot of patience and stamina because they require so many coats. And, that every so called paint expert at any given store told me how easy and great the coverage.He then revealed some insider information...that professionals that use metallics NEVER use a brush ,they use a sprayer and do multiple passes. I congratulate you on a job well done!

    1. I was totally thinking how bad I needed a sprayer for this... with how much I paint I should just break dowb and get one. They intimidate me though :(