The mirror was a great find for the price but I wasn’t happy with the oak color. Do you see that pennant banner reflected in the mirror? That was back before Halloween. This project took way longer than it should have and this is why…
I rubbed some liquid sander on the mirror and used PolyShades Minwax. Big mistake. After three coats it looked like this. Not bad, but not nearly as rich and dark as I wanted. Ugh. I had to start all over again. I didn’t want to start all over again, pout, pout, cross arms, stamp foot. So instead I just stuck it in a corner and left it there until I felt like dealing with it again.
This time I used Mixwax Dark Walnut Stain. It takes days to dry, but it is worth the wait. This was much more of what I was going for!
Looks pretty good!
The chunky baskets, lanterns, topiary, and pineapple finial thingy are all from the Christmas Tree Shop and were all cheap, cheap, cheap! I told you all that store is awesome. If you have one near you, it is worth a trip. And, Stephanie, if you are reading this leave a comment! It was so great to meet you in the store!
I gave the pineapple a little makeover.