This has been a wild project but I finally got it done. Have you ever turned a computer monitor stand into a vanity mirror? Don’t worry, not very many have. Here is the scoop.
Computer Stand Turned Vanity Mirror
I was asked by some friends if I could do anything with this computer monitor stand. At first I wasn’t sure but I decided to save its certain demise by taking it home anyway.
My friend Jean had quite a few ideas for the computer stand but my favorite and the one I truly needed was to add a mirror to it. So I set out looking for one at every garage sale and goodwill store. I found this guy at a garage sale. I think it was around 50 cents – ish.
I know. Pretty, right? I really loved the shamrock sticker.
I wanted to put it in the little guest room I have been working on. So I knew I wanted to keep the base black and paint the mirror gray with black distressing.
The mirror was going to be mounted to the computer stand so I found a piece of scrap wood and Jeff drew on the back where it would be placed.
Then he used wood glue to mount it down.
Then I could start painting. The products I used were my usual Americana Decor Chalky Finish – Yesteryear (light gray), and the creme wax (over the the top)
And the Americana Decor Light Satin Varnish – Carbon (black).
I had never used the varnish before so I went about the process a little differently.
First I masked off the edges of the mirror and painted the entire thing the light gray (yesteryear) including the back of the mirror with the wood piece. Then I thought I could use the black varnish over the gray and distress it a lot so that most of the gray was showing and the black was mostly in the nooks and crannies.
Chloe tried to help but she got tired!
The above picture shows it painted with the varnish. It was too black. So I tried the sanding.
A light sanding still left too much black and the more I sanded the more the yellow mirror started to emerge again. I did not want that so I got the gray paint back out and used a dry brush on it.
This was much more of what I had pictured in my head for this project so I left it at that. I added the wax on the front and back the buffed it out to a nice sheen. I just love that part.
Jeff mounted the computer stand with four screws. The stand already has holes so it was just a matter of drilling some holes in the wood piece and screwing it together.
I love the computer stand because it is going in the guest room that my boys mainly use. Both are computer programmers so it fits!
You can see my cityscape dresser in the mirror. That was a fun project and they match well in the room. Our little guest room is coming together slowly but surely. I still have a few things to work on and show you in the future. It is the only sightly modern room in our house but a little bit of change is good, right?
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