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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Architectural Monogram

Thursdays are the best! It's dollar day at Goodwill and at approximately 8:45 I load up my 1 year old and head out to find clothes and trash. Sometimes when I come home there's a special little surprise waiting for me. When Laura finds items for $1.00 that she thinks I'll have fun with she drops them off in my driveway. Two weeks ago this is what I found.a 1993 (the date was on a sticker on the back) dresser mirror. Sometimes I'm amazed at what Laura finds for $1.00 at Goodwill and sometimes I completly understand why it was $1- This was one of those pieces. A mirror with no dresser, with a deeply stamped seashell that someone had highlighted with purple and pink marker. What to do, what to do? First, I removed the back and took the mirrors out. Then I wanted to see if the seashell could be filled in...
A thick coat of painters caulk.
Next I removed the wood dividers that separated the mirrors. At this point I thought it would make a fabulous twin size headboard. All I'd have to do is use batting and fabric on the back board and screw the wood frame to the bed frame. Only problem... I only have 1 twin bed and it already has a headboard. Upon further inspection I decided to take the whole thing apart and use just the architectural piece.
Here it is all detached. But that darn seashell is still showing. 4 coats of wood putty later here she is...
I painted just the middle the same tan that's on many of my walls- so I could do a vinyl treatment. I applied a B for our last name and sprayed on a few coats of Semi-Gloss Black, peeled off the vinyl and ...
here she is hanging above the double doors to our family room.

This is the first thing you see when you enter our home. I love how it turned out- and for only $1! What a deal. Wish me luck at today's dollar day- I'll be leaving in approximately 1 hour 15 minutes- not that I'm counting. Love, Kelly

Linking up to:
Get your craft on Thursday at Life As Lori
Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
I Made it! at Everything Etsy
Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady


  1. Great work! Man, that really took some ingenuity on your part. Hope you have good finds!
    Heather @

  2. Wood putty is good stuff! :) Thanks for sharing your great project with us! It's beautiful!


  3. Don't you love it when a plan comes together? Looks really good! Love it.

  4. How wonderful that you shared this today! I have the dresser mirror that I no longer use just sitting in my storage shed and I have been racking (wracking?) my brain for what to do with it. AHA!! How cool. You've really got my brain turning now...thank you!

    Good luck on dollar day!

    Peace & Love,

  5. Wowsa! I love how you documented the whole evolution...and the final product certainly looks like it would cost more than $1! :)

  6. Love it! Wish the Goodwills here had $1 days!

  7. That is a great transformation! Clever girl!

  8. I am so impressed with your creativity! First, I loved how you filled in that seashell with wood filler. I never would have thought to do that! I didn't read the title of your post, so I didn't realize it was a monogram piece. It was a surprise to me what you did with it. Great job! I'm inspired! :)
    Amber @

  9. What a great do over! Great job!

  10. This is fantastic. What a great idea.

  11. I never cease to be amazed at the talent and creativity that is on the blogs. You did an outstanding job transforming that mirror into a real beauty. Nice job.

  12. I love this! Great idea...have a great VTT!

  13. What a fantastic worked so well and it looks lovely over your doorway. I hope you had great luck at Goodwill and that you show us your finds. Happy VTT..have a wonderful weekend.

  14. I love it! Such a great idea to deconstruct and recycle. You are so good with "thinking outside the box."

  15. Great job..

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday! Please join me next week for another great party!