10.08.2009

How to Refinish Your Mirrored Closet Door Frames

I had one request for this, so I thought I would just post instructions here, in case someone else out there would like to try refinishing their closet door tracks and frames.


First, take apart the whole thing. The WHOLE thing. Remember where each piece goes, maybe label the under not-showing sides with masking tape indicating their positions. (you could leave the frame around the mirrors if you cover the mirrored surface with newspaper---either way, it takes some work). Take pictures if you need to.

Second take it outside and sand the entire surface REALLY WELL with coarse steel wool. I didn't do as good a job as I should have (rushing---and it was 100+ degrees on the days I decided to do it. Smart, I know.)

Third, prime with spray primer made for anodized metal. Ask someone at the hardware or home improvement store. If you can go to a strictly paint store, all the better. The primer I got was just alright. It bubbled in spots, but it's handle-able. Make sure you use a large drop cloth and weigh down the edges to prevent the plastic from blowing onto your drying surfaces. (yeah, that also happened). I sprayed two sides at a time and let dry then rotated. Let dry a little longer than the can suggests...maybe a couple days.

Fourth, spray with chrome spray paint. Follow the instructions precisely concerning drying and re-coating times. Be careful when touching. If it hasn't cured before handling, you will leave fingerprints. Found that out the hard way, as well! :)

The best spray I've found (and trust me, I've gone through about 5 different kinds) is this one:

Rustoleum Bright Coat in Chrome with Metallic Finish. I only did 2 coats, and it turned out pretty good.



Fifth, and optional, is to seal it with a clear coat enamel. I didn't do that and have noticed some scratches. I have read, in doing research, that the clear coat might take away the chrome look and just make it look gray. So, test it out on a hidden part. I suggest the under side of the track that faces the floor. It the past I've used a really good clear coat on a variety of projects and really loved the results:
DecoArt Triple Thick Glaze brilliant gloss spray

As I said, I did not do this step, but wish I did. You may be able to receive guidance from the paint store people. All you can do is try.

Sixth and final step is reassembly. Not the most fun ever. Those mirrored doors are STINKIN heavy. Get some gentlemen to help!

You could do any color besides chrome, following the same basic instructions. You wouldn't have to be as particular about touching and drying times, either. But I would especially use the glaze on any other color. It would look so cool and shiny.

If I missed something, or was unclear about anything, please ask! I'm not real great at instructions---so I hope this is understandable! It isn't a quick project, but take your time and do all the steps and it will turn out FANTASTIC! (better than mine, for sure, since I was impatient).

Good luck and be brave!!

10.07.2009

Too busy for projects....

Ugh. I have so many I need to do. I can barely keep the house decent, let alone unpack and work on projects. I've been neglecting posting pics of the house because I wanted it to look cute and decorated. But I don't know if that's going to happen for a while. I just have to get used to that fact.

So here are some long overdue pictures of the house. Sorry Katy, they are the same ones I emailed you. Nothing else has been done. :/ I am still working on the rest of the house.


Someday you might get to see all of it..... :)


Girls' bathroom. Parisian black white and pink. My mom made the gorgeous shower curtain from laminated cotton fabric, wide grosgrain ribbon and inexpensive cotton. Eventually it will have more of a Parisian flair....




Family Room. Added ceiling fans, painted beams and mounted TV. Someday we will get the cords looking nice and some stuff on the walls. :)

Second view of Family room. The far right niche is the wet bar that will someday be my craft room.

The project I stressed over---but I got to use a wet saw for the first time! Scary but fun!
Glass tile to the ceiling.

Nook and pantry. Several projects left to finish here, too.

View of kitchen and nook from family room. I love my gigantic peninsula. The granite people said it was the largest one they've ever done...weighing 800+lbs! I'm so glad we could do it in one slab instead of two pieces, like they wanted to do.



Many more pictures to come. Slowly, but surely. Someday I will do a post about all the fantastic deals I found. Again...someday.... :)