Mirror Makeover Just In Time for Christmas

by Diane Henkler on 12/01/2011

Mirror Makeover Decorating-for-Christmas-

Kilz recently launched a new zero-VOC primer, KILZ Clean Start, sold at the Home Depot and they asked me if I wanted to try it out.  Of course I said yes.  I am a big fan of Kilz and have been using the original formula for over 25 years.   I found out about the need for a good stain blocking primer the hard way. This successful mirror makeover was accomplished by using Kilz.

When hubby and I were first married we built book shelves in our family room and stained them. I didn’t like the way the stain looked – too dark and I wanted them white – so I painted them.  A few days later the book shelves were pink!!!  The stain bled right through the white paint.  I was young and this truly was one of the first DIY home improvement projects I ever did. Off I went to the paint store to find out what happened.  Kilz was recommended and I have been using it ever since.

Back in the summer I took part in the nationwide I LOVE Thrifting event.    I met up with area bloggers and we had a great day thrift shop hopping.  You can read all about it – I Love Thrifting Event.  This mirror is one of the items I picked up that day. It cost me $12.90.   I had no idea what I was going to do with it, I just liked the lines and knew I could use it somehow.  I recently figured out how and easily made it happen with Kilz Clean Start.

The satin sheen on the mirror picks up a bit of light which helps with the glow factor.  I am keeping my holiday decorating simple this year – Greenery, candles, and shiny ornaments only.  Oh… and ribbon, too.   I also love the fact that this mirror reflects my front door, sidelights, and transom – brings some life to the dead space.

Simple Christmas Decorating Ideas Mantels

Here is the Before picture of how this wall looked. It has always been a dead space.  I have never liked anything I have put here, until now.  The mirror fit perfectly above the piano – like it was made for the space.  I know the original color of the mirror would match the piano – but that would be way too dark for me. The piano – like 90% of the furnishings in my house is a hand-me-down.  I try my best to make them work with my style.  I consider this area my mantel.  The one over my fireplace has a flat screen TV and isn’t very pretty – so the top of the piano acts as my family room mantel stand-in.

Before and Aftger Furniture Transfomations Kilz-Easy-Start-Primer

Kilz Clean Start is like having 3 products in one. It is multi-purpose -a primer, sealer, and stainblocker, plus it is extremely low odor and has Zero VOC’s which makes it as environmentally friendly.  It can be used indoors and outdoors and can be cleaned up with water.  Love that!


Here is the mirror BEFORE. Kindii is new to the world of mirrors. It is funny watching her checking out her reflection. “Hey, I am looking… GOOD!”

Furniture Makeovers

I tried to remove the mirror from the frame, but it would not budge and I didn’t want it to break- so I left it in. I used painters tape to keep the Kilz Clean Start and paint off the mirror as much as possible.

Furniture Makeover using Kilz Clean Start Primer

When I opened the can I was expecting there to be that oil paint smell.  I was truly amazed that it had no smell at all.  No headache induced from any paint fumes.  It is a bit thicker than paint and I stirred it well.  I lightly sanded the frame using a fine grit sanding block.  You can buy them at any home improvement store. I cleaned off the grit with a tack cloth.

Kilz Clean Start Primer

The first coat went on a little sluggish, even with my Purdy brush that I love.  It didn’t glide-on as smoothly as paint does or the oil based original formula, but it covered very well even after one light coat.   The directions said to let it dry for at least 30 minutes before applying a 2nd coat. I had things to do and added the second coat about 3 hours later.  I was very happy to see that the first coat was still as white as snow.  No bleed-through at all.  The label says if you see a stain coming through to wait longer until applying the next coat. When painting any type of wood furniture – the joints that are hidden in the dark recesses of the wood suddenly show up. How to paint furniture framed mirror makeover

I filled in it with caulk before applying the second coat of Kilz Clean Start.

How to paint furniture

After letting the second coat of Clean Start dry, I painted two light coats of Valspar Bistro White in a satin finish on the mirror frame. It came out just as I had envisioned and no bleed-through at all.

  How to paint furniture


Here is how it looks at night.  All aglow and sparkly. Much better than the dark wood finish.


I needed hubby’s help to hang it. He is the musical one in the family so he is happy to see me doing something with this part of the room.  I am quite happy with how it came out. Having paid only $12.90 makes me love it even more!

Decorating-Ideas for Christmas Framed Mirror Makeover

If I am standing in my kitchen, the mirror reflects the clock that I recently brought up from my basement.  My Christmas tree is reflected in the doors. Wish I could get that Bokeh effect with my point and shoot.


The light reflected looks different in the morning, afternoon, and evening. My room almost looks blue in the late afternoon.

Holiday Decorating Ideas using things from nature

It is hard taking a photo of a mirror – it reflects everything – even my arm.

Simple Christmas Decorating Ideas Mantels

I bought these candles at the Pottery Barn outlet in Lancaster, Pa. I will post about that trip soon. Their scent – Arctic Pine – very nice – not overpowering at all.  My friend Charlotte bought a few, too.


How to Make Sparkly Glittered Tree Branches:


supplies needed:

Silver spray paint | spray glue |white glue | glitter | clear Colorfill decorative accents (floral dept) | silver glitter | tree branches from your yard


Spray branches silver, let dry. Spray the branches with spray glue and then sprinkle silver glitter over the branches, let dry.

Christmas Decorating ideas using tree branches

To create the icy effect – use a paint brush to apply white glue along branch joints or where snow and ice would build up.  Press the clear Colorfill decorative accents into the glue. Let dry.

Using the Kilz Clean Start was quick.  It made getting the white finish I wanted on the mirror frame -EASY! The clean-up took minutes.  As I told you, I have always been a fan of Kilz and Clean Start just re-enforced that for me. The only thing that Kilz could do to make the product better or even easier to use would be to have a “little magic painter man” hop out of the can when you open it who will do the priming for you.

Spray-Painted-Tree-Branches Decorating Ideas for Christmas

I have another faux mantel in my dining room. You can see how I decorated it last year:

My 2010 Christmas Mantel



{ 129 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bee December 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I love Kilz! I am about to repaint my master bath cabinets and would love to try this new Kilz- especially if it doesn’t have a strong smell!


2 Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl December 1, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Love that KILZ clean start primer. Nice job on the mirror Diane!


3 Michelle December 1, 2011 at 11:19 pm

What a difference paint made, it looks beautiful in white! I love KILZ!!!


4 Jessica December 1, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Can’t believe you got that awesome mirror for so cheap! Love how it turned out!! I would definitely like to try out the new Kilz primer on an old desk that I got from my MiL. It’s a lovely desk with cute, ornate features, but too dark for what I need it for! Thanks for the giveaway!


5 Mellodee625 December 1, 2011 at 11:24 pm

What a gorgeous addition to your room! Of course the Christmas sparkle makes it so pretty, but I can imagine that even during the rest of the year, that mirror will be just stunning! I’d spend $12.90 several times over to get that look!


6 Maggie December 1, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I have a hand-me-down buffet/hutch that I would love to re-do. I was nervous about the dark stain coming through. I would love to try out this new Kilz product! I love your blog, thanks for sharing all of your money saving tips :-)


7 terri dobbs December 2, 2011 at 12:04 am

I will pick out of my to do list: mom’s kitchen, master bath, grandsons room…to many to chose from.


8 terri dobbs December 2, 2011 at 12:05 am

I am following Kiltz on facebook…


9 Mary Stewart December 2, 2011 at 12:05 am

I have a piano that I want to paint. What better way to start that project than with a can of Kiltz!


10 beth December 2, 2011 at 12:12 am

I have an old bed rail that I plan to use on my mantle to hide all the cords ( thank you ms freckled laundry!) and I need to kilz it and it would be great to be able to do it inside. Thanks for the chance to win!


11 Deborah December 2, 2011 at 12:14 am

What a great find that mirror was…it is huge! I love t painted white. It looks gorgeous with the sparkly stems, and candlelight. Great job!


12 Holly December 2, 2011 at 12:16 am

I love how your mirror adds so much life to that little corner. I would love a chance to try out this new Kilz product. I have a bunch of projects that would be great to use it for- a dresser and sideboard top the list right now. Thanks for the tutorial!


13 Julie December 2, 2011 at 12:19 am

Your mirror and your whole room are awesome! I have a pine china cabinet that was whitewashed over a mildew stain on one end of it. I’d like to paint it white so I’m definitely going to need some Kilz. I like the low odor deal as it will have to be painted where it stands in the dining room.


14 Julie December 2, 2011 at 12:20 am

I also like the Kilz facebook page.


15 Jessica December 2, 2011 at 12:35 am

This looks fabulous! What a difference!!
I found you from Flaunt it Friday

Happy Holidays


16 shel December 2, 2011 at 12:48 am

Your mirror turned out fabulous!

Our bathroom hasn’t seen a coat of paint in over 25 years. Both my husband and I are reformed smokers and even though I just got done washing the walls, I can see they’re badly stained and I am really concerned about painting over top of them with a plain primer. I can’t imagine how bad it’s going to look if we go with a powder blue paint (my current choice) and those smoke stains bleed through.


17 shel December 2, 2011 at 12:49 am

I like Kilz on Facebook (Michelle Hudak)


18 Judy December 2, 2011 at 1:15 am

I love KILZ! I would really like to KILZ my thrift store wardrobe-turned-entertainment-center that is currently, well, “thrift store brown.”

Your Christmas decor and mirror are simply gorgeous!


19 Bettsi December 2, 2011 at 1:17 am

Oh boy, Diane, that mirror really transformed the room! I’ve always been a Kilz girl myself and now that I’m in an apartment, the no odor feature would be very welcome! I have some frames that need a makeover, so I guess I would start there. Btw, Kindii is so cute!


20 Judy December 2, 2011 at 1:19 am

I liked KILZ on Facebook, too!


21 Gloria December 2, 2011 at 3:07 am

I’m always on the lookout for old frames in thrift shops, which I then use for my cork boards. Many times I paint the frames, and this would be a fabulous thing to use. It would certainly make my life easier!


22 Becky December 2, 2011 at 3:36 am

I would like to use Kilz on an old trundle table that belonged to my grandmother. It is currently stained a very dark color that I fear would bleed through by using some of the primers that are currently on the market. I have been a fan of the original Kilz formula for many years.


23 The enchanted home December 2, 2011 at 6:44 am

FABULOUS! I can’t believe the transformation, a great eye and a bucket of paint can produce..well done!


24 Toni December 2, 2011 at 6:46 am

Just beautiful, Diane. Love the candles!


25 Tracy December 2, 2011 at 6:53 am

What a transformation! I would love to snag a mirror like that….its really beautiful in that crispy white form! What would I paint? We live in a brand new house…and I absolutely h-a-t-e the cabinet color. Won’t even bring up what our builder did…anyhow…I am terrified to take on the task of painting my cabinets white. I almost think Kilz Easy Start Primer could cure me of that. Definitely need some moral support on this one Ü


26 Shannon at madiganmade December 2, 2011 at 6:56 am

I remember that mirror, Diane! That was a great find. It looks gorgeous white and is perfect above your piano.
BTW – Kindii is so, cute, too! Hope he is adjusting to life in PA!


27 Andrea S December 2, 2011 at 7:35 am

I have a dark stained dresser that I’ve been wanting to paint. I am excited to try Kilz no-VOC primer. Thanks for the giveaway.


28 K Jerread December 2, 2011 at 7:45 am

Love Kilz. Always use it. Will use it to cover a dark color in the legs of a console table so I can paint it white.


29 AmyB December 2, 2011 at 8:04 am

I bought some burgundy wooden plates at a great price and wanted to paint snowmen on them. After drying, the snowmen were pink. This is just what I need to start over, especially since I bought 12 of the plates.


30 Christina December 2, 2011 at 8:38 am

I just bought a house and like you 90% of our furnishings are hand me down that I have been slowly trying to rehab into our style. One of the projects I am dying to work on is an old coat rack that my grandfather had in his store.

I have also liked them on Facebook


31 jules p December 2, 2011 at 8:38 am

First, your mirror turned out to be gorgeous. And all of your Christmas decor with it…wow!

If I won I would paint a table I have had that really needs some sprucing up. But I was afraid paint would not cover the dark wood. But this stuff would. I can tell!


32 jules p December 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

I liked Kiltz on facebook!


33 Sue December 2, 2011 at 9:06 am

Wow! I’d forgotten about Kilz paint. I used it ages ago to cover old “MiroLite” paneling in my mom’s kitchen. We couldn’t get the paneling off the wall without a complete remodel; we painted it white instead. I could sure use some to redo a bathroom in my house now! The vanity and medicine cabinets are really dark and the room is really small. I would like to lighten it up to make it feel more spacious.
Out of sight! Thanks for a chance to win.


34 Mickey December 2, 2011 at 9:12 am

I want to paint over old wood end tables that have marble tops. The tables house speakers and need updating. The new kilz sounds perfect!


35 Pat December 2, 2011 at 9:13 am

Love the mirror and your blog! I have a mirror from an old dresser yet never knew what to do with it. I think I’ll give it a coat of KILZ and then paint it a white color. It’s an old mirror from the 50′s, nicely made so the right wall will definitely make it a winner. Thanks!


36 Olivia December 2, 2011 at 9:17 am

I love KILZ and use it all the time, but I do have a large armoir that I could sure use that gallon on… so pick me!


37 Olivia December 2, 2011 at 9:18 am

I liked Kilz on FB!


38 Neve Hennessey December 2, 2011 at 9:35 am

Diane….wow what a great project…looks very much like the holidays over your piano and throughout your house now…wonderful.
I have to say I am very excited about your new Kilz product find…it does look like its a new friend to an amateur painter like myself….easy…just my style and with great end result. Thanks for sharing the knowledge, I have a ugly brown dresser in my garage screaming “use Kilz Clean Start on me please”…. Haha


39 Neve Hennessey December 2, 2011 at 9:38 am

Just “liked” Kilz on Facebook…..love your blog Diane…


40 Adina Johnson December 2, 2011 at 9:46 am

Absolutely love this mirror project and your blog! Thank you for sharing


41 Michelle December 2, 2011 at 9:51 am

I’ve been wanting to re-paint my childhood dresser for awhile now. It has a dark finish like your mirror, and I’d like to paint it a bright, out-of-my-comfort-zone color. Maybe a bright yellow or turquoise. Anyhow, thank you for the giveaway!
ps…Kindii is adorable! I hope she’s adapting well. I really admire your daughter’s endeavors.


42 Christie S. December 2, 2011 at 9:52 am

Wow! Your mirror wil beautiful. I’d have to say, I’d like to find a mirror like yours and give it a go. Guess I better start hitting the thrift stores.


43 Kathy December 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

I’ve got an old desk I’m using as a sewing table and would love to brighten it up with paint. Love your blog, wish my house bigger to do some of the things you do!


44 debbie December 2, 2011 at 10:14 am

I love KILZ,, i have a room to paint and several small projects that I could use this for. Thanks for the chance


45 debbie December 2, 2011 at 10:15 am

I liked them on facebook.


46 Kathy December 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

Liked on Facebook!


47 Sheryll & Critters. December 2, 2011 at 10:23 am


What a spectacular job you did once again!!! I think it is just perfect now.

I don’t think I could ever do without the Kilz Original. I personally believe it should always be used before painting any wall. I used it to prime my mother’s kitchen cabinets, walls, ceiling and even the formica back splash just behind the kitchen sink and it came out great.

Of the oh so many projects I desperately need to do…. the most obvious is to finish sanding & paint my fake wood dinette chairs that little Shadow Poodle boy chewed up (all four of the chairs). grrrrrrr!!!!! The sanding of this so called wood is not going so well, but I have no choice, I must fix them, cause I have nothing else and no money. I really can not get mad at little boy, cause he is so adorable and sweet. Shadow’s nickname is Kissy Butt….. get the idea? lol

I can’t wait to hear about your branches that you made so sparkley.


48 Sheryll & Critters. December 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

I went to Kilz on Facebook and liked them and so glad to be on the site there now, so thank you.


49 Maureen @ This (Kinda) Old House December 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

Ok, this looks amazing, but what struck me the most about this post is that you have a Basenji in it!!! LOL. Is this the dog your daughter brought back?? We have a basenji and he is crazy and probably the most destructive dog ever. But we love him and he is also the most cuddly dog ever! LOL


50 Diane December 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm

She probably has Basenji in her, but she is a mutt. She doesn’t have the wrinkled head or the curly tail, but does have brindle coloring, the white feet and tail tip. She does bark. She is an angel and hasn’t done anything destructive yet. She is very cuddly. My daughter has trained her well and she has adjusted to domestic life here in the states very well even with the freezing temps and living in a house instead of a hut.


51 Maureen @ This (Kinda) Old House December 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I need your daughter to train mine! LOL She is a beautiful dog. :)


52 Linda December 2, 2011 at 10:35 am

Just scored a huge old frame at a local thrift store. Would love to try Kilz to prime before I paint it.


53 Linda December 2, 2011 at 10:36 am

Liked them on Facebook!


54 Tara December 2, 2011 at 10:56 am

I’d like to make over a piece of furniture I thrifted LAST YEAR! I need some help. :-)


55 Diane December 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Hi Tara -

What does the finish look like and what do you want it to look like when you are done? I always sand the piece lightly, clean off with a tack cloth and then 2 coats of primer letting each coat dry. Then two light coats of paint – letting each coat dry before adding the next. If it is a flat piece, I roll the paint on. If not I use a Purdy brush. Don’t buy a cheap brush – buy the best and you will get great results and can re use it for years. If you want to age the piece after you paint it – simply rough up the areas where the piece would wear normally with sandpaper. You can then add a glaze (Valspar makes them and sells them at Lowes) that it tinted to almost any color and apply that over the paint with a rag and wipe off.


56 Sandra @Sawdust and Paper Scraps December 2, 2011 at 10:56 am

Beautiful transformation Diane! I have a million projects to prime…maybe not all right now, but eventually!


57 bj December 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

That mirror looks so awesome, I am totally so envious. It is just BEAUTIFUL…perfect for your spot, as you said.

I would love to be a winner here. I am about to embark on a redo of a guest bedroom and have several pieces of furniture that I will be painting.

xo bj


58 bj December 2, 2011 at 10:58 am

I LIKED them on FB.
Thanks for this great chance to win.
xo bj


59 Mercedes December 2, 2011 at 11:25 am

I have a console table that I have been meaning to redo and it is an UGLY orange pine color. I’m sure this would be great on covering that up so I’ll have a cleaner base to start with!


60 Mercedes December 2, 2011 at 11:26 am

And I just ‘liked’ Kilz on facebook.


61 Angie S December 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

What an amazing find! Our thrift stores NEVER have anything like that! And then what you did with it? Brilliant. The Christmas decor looks fantastic!!!
I am in the process of redoing our bathroom AND the kitchen and would use it in both places!


62 Angie S December 2, 2011 at 11:51 am

I liked Kilz on FB! Their FB contest page doesn’t seem to be working though…


63 Theresa December 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I have an old dark stained arm chair I am wanting to paint prior to recovering the cushions. Although I have heard of KILZ I have never used it.


64 Theresa December 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I also “LIKED” the KILZ facebook page!


65 Tristen Strauss December 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm

I found Kilz when I first started painting things…personally, I prefer spray paint(I’m a little impatient..), but I have been looking into using “normal” paint. :)
My next project is a Korean console table…and I’m working on a gorgeous sweetheart table now.
Do you have any suggestions on how to add the finishing wax evenly? I’m just starting to use it.

Ps. I liked the Kilz FB page.


66 Diane December 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Hi Tristen – There is a very good waxing tute on Design Sponge that I think will help you with getting the wax on your piece evenly. http://www.designsponge.com/2010/08/before-and-after-basics-waxing-tips.html


67 Tristen December 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Thanks so much, Diane! That will help me a LOT!


68 Bridgette December 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

I would love to win the Kilz- multi-purpose kit. I found a large dresser at the flea market for FREE and would like to refinish it for FREE! This would make a FREE Christmas gift!


69 Gena December 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I want to redo my Mother’s french provincial bedroom suite for my daughter’s room.


70 Rita December 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I would transform my old bookcase I’ve had since I was a child along with my twin bed in the guest room.


71 Cynthia Elliott December 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I would use this product on my “retro” bedroom furniture!


72 Julia Trefethen December 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I actually have a mirror as well I would like to try it on. Thanks for the giveaway!


73 Julia Trefethen December 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Liked them on facebook! Thanks for the giveaway!


74 Kathysue December 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Simple elegance!! Love the sparkles, Merry Christmas,


75 Rhona December 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I have a hutch I have been wanting to “improve” for ages.


76 Mimi December 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm

The mirror really looks amazing! The holiday decor is perfect for it.


77 Rhona December 2, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I “liked” Kilz on FB.


78 barbara stephens December 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I, too, like Kilz and would love to try out the new one. My bathroom cabinets need painting.


79 Tricia Nelson December 2, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I would like to use this Kilz Primer to prime and paint a 4 post bed. Right now it is about the same color of your mirror and I have had this wonderful idea of painting it silver. I know it sound a little crazy but I think it would look awesome and more modern which is what I’m wanting.
Diane – Do you think I would be able to do this with the primer without having to strip it? I have never stripped something but my husband said it’s awful.


80 Diane December 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Hi Tricia-

Yes you can paint it without stripping .I have NEVER stripped any piece before painting – and I have painted quite a lot of furniture. I usually run a piece of fine sandpaper over the surface to rough it up a bit and provide some “tooth” for the paint to grip onto. Nothing major – just a quick going over the surface. The Clean Start worked great on my mirror where the finish was perfect. If you have an older piece that has a gummy finish that bleeds through the Clean Start -you may want to look into the Original formula. It is oil based and a bit thinner, but dries and can be re-coated in 30 minutes, also. It does have a smell to it until it dries and you will have to clean your brush with mineral spirits or throw it away after use. I know this formula works great on older pieces. I would go for it , if you don’t like it you can always paint it another color. :)


81 kathy t December 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Diane, Your mirror make-over is stunning! I would love to win this primer to paint our china cabinet.


82 kathy t December 2, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I like Kilz on FB -plus entered their contest wouldn’t it be sweet to win
2,000 dollars to a home store. !


83 Courtney {a thoughtful place} December 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Oh, I just love this. Everything about it. Love the height on the sides and the touch of glam. Especially love seeing the reflection of the wreath with pink bow in the mirror. Thanks for linking up!


84 Diane December 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm

HI Courtney-

Thanks – I love your white, gold and green scheme – it looks beautiful. I hope you are enjoying your trip to Pa.


85 Bonnie P December 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Maybe my daughters dark bedroom…if she let’s me:)


86 AnneSATX December 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I’d really love to redo my kitchen cabinets. The Kilz would definitely help simplify the project!


87 Kelly B. December 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I would love to use it on an upcoming dresser project I have coming up! I haven’t used Kilz yet but I’ve only heard great things about it.


88 Kelly B. December 2, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I’m a fan of Kilz on facebook :) PS They’re having a giveaway on the page too!


89 laurie December 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Gorgeous! Your room looks fantastic!!!!

xoxo laurie


90 Carrie ~ The Corson Cottage December 3, 2011 at 12:23 am

This looks beautiful! I love the mirror painted white! Your home looks lovely for the holidays. I hope you’ll visit The Corson Cottage and link up for our {Home for the Holidays} link party :) Carrie


91 Anita @ GoingalittleCoastal December 3, 2011 at 12:40 am

I have a bunch of kitchen cabinets that are screaming at me to be primed! I love the area above your piano. The mirror is gorgeous now and I love the sparkly twigs.


92 Destiny Hisey December 3, 2011 at 7:55 am

I have so many projects I want to work one. I think I’d start by using this on an old nightstand my husband got from him grandmother. It’s so beautiful but too dark!


93 REBrown December 3, 2011 at 8:17 am

I would love to do something similar and transform a really big, really old, really gross looking frame into something really pretty.


94 Marilyn Holeman December 3, 2011 at 11:15 am

Hi Diane, Your mirror looks great. I have a bookcase I’d like to prime. Thanks for the giveaway!



95 Joy P December 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Kilz is an awsome cover paint. Your mirror has transformed your room, great views (and I mean absolutely beautiful views) from every angle. I am so glad I was able to find/read this post.


96 gardnergirl December 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I am planning a redo of my living room bookshelves (now stained a cherry color) to white after Christmas. This Kilz product would come in very handy!!!! Thanks for introducing us!


97 gardnergirl December 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I went to Facebook and “liked” Kilz! Thanks again!


98 Annette December 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I have two found mirrors that require a paint job, but have avoided doing it as I live in an apartment with limited ventilation. Kilz sounds like it would do the work nicely.


99 Nitra December 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I just picked up an old wooden door and a couple old porch post. The post will be made into coat racks and I am not sure what to do with the door yet. I would love to try this new Kilz out.


100 Nitra December 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Also, I “liked” Kilz on Facebook


101 Amy December 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm

The mirror looks great! I’d love to use the new Kilz on my Grandma’s antique dresser. It’s stained really dark and would look great in my redecorated bedroom in a cream with ceramic drawer pulls. Thanks for the chance to win!


102 DebbieG December 3, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I just recently put your blog on my feed…you have such wonderful ideas! As for this recent mirror makeover; gorgeous. Love the holiday grouping you have there too, the silvered branches, the candles, the greenery… simply elegant. And I love the way it reflects so many other lovely parts of your house.
I actually have a partially used can of Kilz now – I’ve used that stuff over and over on so many thrift items, I love it.
But in this fixer upper house I bought, the kitchen cabinets desperately need painting. They were cheap to begin with, and painted with something translucent in an attempt to make them look wood-patterned. And I’ve discovered that if I put a Post-It note up there, when I remove it, that tiny bit of sticky takes off some of that layer of ‘paint’. And the kitchen is tiny and dark. So it desperately needs to be lightened with white or very light paint! The new odorless Kilz sounds great to use indoors in the winter… and painting the cabinets white would sure help my winter blues!


103 Kristal @ Engineering Life and Style December 3, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Diane – This is gorgeous!!! And I can’t believe you got such a good deal on that mirror…. Great find!!


104 Heather December 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm

LOVE LOVE the fab mirror– I have a mirror as well from my husbands younger days and would love to paint it white as well just have been waiting for the right inspirational place to put it!!! great job thanks for sharing!


105 Jen December 4, 2011 at 12:18 am

I am in the midst of redoing the four kiddos rooms for xmas, many painting projects!!


106 Heather December 4, 2011 at 12:18 am

I LIKED Kilz on FB had fun too!!!


107 Veranice Massey December 4, 2011 at 2:20 am

I have a little dark wood sofa table that I would love to make over I want to do it in a lighter color


108 Veranice Massey December 4, 2011 at 2:23 am

I also “LIKED” KILZ facebook page!


109 Nelda December 4, 2011 at 8:11 am

I have thrifty finds that would also benefit from the Kilz! I think the last can that I had was oil-based (needed paint thinner to clean brushes) and I liked the way it worked but not working with it. So happy to hear that this one is water clean-up.


110 Joy December 4, 2011 at 11:38 am

Beautiful! I have a very similar mirror I am going to start on today!


111 Mary December 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I really like you simple decorations for Christmas. That mirror is great, just the right touch. I will be hanging mirrors to enlarge and lighten our living room at the new house. Speaking of new house, that is what I would use the Kilz for! All that painting…….


112 Mary December 4, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I liked Kilz on FB!


113 Brandy December 5, 2011 at 10:48 am

I have a long list of projects that Kilz Clean Start would be perfect for but the first one I’d do is an old sewing cabinet I was given. It’s in sad need of a makeover and Kilz Clean Start would definitely help bring it back to life! =)


114 Diane@LongabergerLifestyle December 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Your “new” mirror is stunning. You really scored a great find.
If I had a gallon of Kilz Clean Start, I’d paint the stained wood trim in our new-to-us home. Some areas are in rough shape and definitely need to be Kilzed!


115 Diane@LongabergerLifestyle December 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I “like” Kilz on FB too!


116 gail December 5, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Diane–I don’t have a particular item right now, but I am ALWAYS needing a great primer! ohh a gallon of this paint would really make my life a LOT easier!
Please put my name in the hat!



117 gail December 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Ohh, just “liked” them on FB. Headed back over now to check out the $2500 contest!

ps LOVE your mirror and your beautiful reflections! You did a super job taking the pictures.


118 Pam @ diy Design Fanatic December 5, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Your mirror is gorgeous now! Kilz is the only brand of primer that I will use. It is great to paint over stained wood.
I would like to makeover or transform using Kilz Clean Start Primer


119 Veronica December 5, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Gorgeous! And love the Christmas decor.


120 Lizzy December 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Kilz makes the best one coat paint-I have painted my entire house a few times over with this stuff and it even went over a pumpkin orange with an off white in one coat-I always use this paint. I also have a mirror identical to the one used here…will have to try this.


121 Linda December 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm

While your mirror is a beautiful transformation, my heart started to pitter-pat when I saw your glittery branches. Did you spray your own or did you find them somewhere? I’m having a branch obsession this year, but living in AZ it’s hard to find bare branches this time of year.



122 Diane December 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I know what you mean about having a branch obsession this year. I think it is the fact that they are from nature, you can glitz them up , and they make a big impact! My branches have a bittersweet story behind them. The bitter part – in the freak October snowstorm we had here on the east coast – all of the burning bushes in my yard took a beating and we lost a big one :(. Sweet part – lots of nice straight branches to decorate with. I sprayed them with silver spray paint and let it dry. The sprayed them with spray glue and adding silver glitter. I created a post about them that will be posted this Friday on Momtastic.com


123 Courtney {a thoughtful place} December 7, 2011 at 12:13 am

So excited to feature this tomorrow!


124 Michelle @ Ten June December 7, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Very pretty! The silver branches are gorgeous. So festive and fun! Thanks for linking up.


125 Sandy December 8, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Hello! I just found your blog on Southern Hospitality mantel party! Wow there are so many inspiring blogs out there. Glad I landed on your blog. Love what you did with the mirror! What a difference with the before and after. I’ll be stopping by more often to visit there is so much to see.

I’m a real novice compared to most of the bloggers out there. I have so much to learn. I love your style and I can really relate to everything on your blog.



126 Kristi King December 11, 2011 at 2:11 am

Diane – Thank you so much for sharing so many wonderful ideas on your website, but a special thank you goes out for this one. Your idea to use a piano in lieu of a mantel is simply brilliant. I was about to re-donate my $70 thrift-store-find piano because I couldn’t figure out a way to decorate around it. This is such an elegant, high-end look and I just LOVE it. Thank you!

P.S. I’m a HUGE Nate Berkus fan. Have I seen you on his show?


127 Laura/Readerwoman December 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm

How does this Kilz Easy Start compare with Chalk paint? I have several pieces of wood furniture to redo – and was leaning toward chalk paint because of the ease of use without prepping, sanding etc. I love your mirror it is stunning. Sorry I got so busy I got to this post late and didn’t get a chance to enter the giveaway! :(


128 JaneEllen Jones February 20, 2012 at 2:09 am

Wow you are quite a decorator young lady. I’m so envious of that mirror and your gorgeous tablescape. So simple but sophisticated. Think I’m going to be spending alot more time on your blog, already been on for hour or so. So much to see and think about. I’ll be out digging in our shed tomorrow. Sure wish we had a basement but shed will just have to do.
So glad I found your blog.


129 A Nanny Moose October 15, 2012 at 1:21 am

What a beautiful transformation and display! I’m a little concerned for the piano itself though. It looks like it’s between 2 windows or a door and a window which would mean it’s on an outside wall. Ideally, pianos should be against an inside wall to protect the soundboard from damage caused by temperature fluctuations that occur with outside walls (that darn sun!). Putting it against an inside wall will also reduce the frequency of tuning needed and extend the life of your instrument. :)


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