As we redecorate our hallway, I'm collecting mirrors to hang on the wall opposite our future barn door. 
I actually have quite a few mirrors, as they have a great knack for making a tiny house seem bigger. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to reinvent a mirror I've had for a long time but never loved.
It's nice and large - and gold. I don't really do gold, but I bought it for something like $8 on clearance at a department store right around the time I bought my house and desperately needed decor. It's been hanging in our living room for more than three years.
Here's the before:
I gently sanded the frame and painted it turquoise with leftover paint. It's actually the same color as our spare bedroom - I thought it would be a fun way to bring some color into our white hallway . I planned to add some detailing with black paint, so I only put on one coat of the turquoise. It took 30 minutes.
The next night, I finished it up with black paint and a dry-brushing technique I tried after reading this tutorial.  It really brought out the details of the trim on the mirror and gave the frame some depth. It took about 10 minutes.
I used to be a firm beliver in using masking tape on whatever surface I'm painting, but lately I've decided it's more trouble than it's worth. I didn't worry about getting paint on the surface of the mirror. When it was dry, I used a plastic putty knife to gently scrape off the excess. Here's the finished product, although it doesn't yet have a place on the wall. I like it.
I take a lot of pictures of our dog, so any time I try to photograph an inanimate object, he comes over as if to say, "Hey, you forgot me!"
So I took some pictures of him in from of the mirror. Sorry, couldn't avoid some flashing eyes. And as you can see, our photo session devolved quickly.
Then of course, the cat had to see what the fuss was. I don't think she was impressed.