A new look for our entryway… I need your input

22 Aug

I need your input! I decided to refinish a framed mirror with hooks that I’ve had since my first year of grad school. It was a fun find, painted by a local artist named Mooch. I kid you not. It is signed “Mooch” on the back and I have photographic proof.


As nice as the wood appears, it’s not that lovely shade of brown on the other side. In fact, although I really liked it at the time that I bought it, the design’s really not my style anymore. I’ll show you a couple of close-ups of the mirror’s design that was painted with what looks like….paint pens?

IMG_1029 IMG_1031I think it’s easy to see why this wouldn’t look as nice in a home that’s not a grad student’s apartment, but I have to give Mooch some credit. The colors are bright and the design is consistent all the way around the frame. If that is paint pen, it’s better than any other paint pen design I’ve seen.

I remember when I found it and I couldn’t believe the price I paid for it: $30! And remember, it’s a mirror with a solid wood frame and five hooks on the front. You can’t even buy all the pieces to make this for $30 in a craft store.

So, I’m pulling this baby outta storage and I’m going to give her a facelift. First, I’ll wipe it down with a damp cloth and sand the front and sides before I prime and paint it, but I’m not sure what color to use. That’s where you come in. πŸ˜‰

There are several colors I really like. We’ll be putting the mirror over an espresso bench in our entryway that has white cushions for seating and natural color baskets underneath. I thought about going the safe route with an ivory color, but I think it won’t look right against the white walls. I plan to use Krylon’s Dual Paint and Primer, because I’ve heard so many good things about the coverage and how it holds up to everyday wear.

Here are my ideas for possible colors:

High Gloss Piston Gray (you can see a piece that Twice Lovely painted with this color)

Krylon Dual piston grayGloss Ivy Leaf (you can see some chairs that Julia atΒ Chris Loves Julia painted for a kitchen in this color)

Krylon Dual ivy leafGloss Regal Blue (I haven’t seen this one anywhere, but I can just see it with some navy and white striped pillows on the bench)

Krylon Dual regal blueand Gloss Hosta Leaf (again, haven’t seen this anywhere, but I like the color)

Krylon Gloss hosta leafAll of these colors would look nice with the color palette in our downstairs and entryway. Sorry, Mooch. Your work lived on for several years and really held up, but it’s time for a change.

So, what do you think? As you can see the hooks are a bit worn, but were a shade of black originally. I kind of like the worn look, but I’m open to painting the hardware to complement the new mirror color. I’m heading to the craft store tomorrow to pick up the paint and I hope to get started this weekend on this project. I will post an update when it’s finished!




Posted by on August 22, 2013 in DIY, Interior Design


3 responses to “A new look for our entryway… I need your input

  1. Mon Petit Chateau

    August 22, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I love the Piston Gray and plan to use it on several items in my French Country makeover, but I really like the Ivy Leaf above the Espresso bench. Also, check out Krylon’s Antique Bronze for the hooks. I can’t wait to see the final decision and finished project!!

    • mypersonalcoffeebreak

      August 23, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks! I think that Piston Gray would look lovely with anything French Country. Good luck! I will definitely check out the Antique Bronze for the hardware. Great suggestion!


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