01 May 2012

Blog Swap with Mommy Is CooCoo

Today I'm doing a blog swap with the awesome Amanda from mommy is coocoo! After you read her post about this gorgeous door turned mirror, then head over to her blog to read my tutorial for octopus map art. Take it away Amanda....

Hello! I am Amanda and I blog at mommy is coocoo.

~ My blog is all about fun! ~

Whether you are laughing about the realities of marriage and motherhood or being inspired to make your everyday surroundings lovely, regardless of your budget. I am thrilled to be doing a blog swap with Brooke today! I found her beautiful blog when we were both guests on another blog recently.  I'd like to share with you a project near and dear to my heart.  I hope this project inspires you!

Antique Door ~ Turned Free-Standing Door w Mirror
~ a  ($20) fairytale before & after story ~

I bought an antique door with mirror as a gift
  for Emmerson's first birthday.

~ before ~

Although this door was in very bad shape when I found it, it was easy to see it had a lot of potential.  Beveled mirrors in doors are very rare.  The mirror was covered with paint.  The door frame had been painted and repainted over and over again. The paint was peeling and chipping off. Also, due to the amount of grime on the back of the door, I suspect it may have been in a fire.

Did this deter me? 

Not in the least!   this coocoo momma LOVEs old doors!

~ after ~

Here's how I did it:

  1. I sanded and scraped and sanded and sanded. Old doors often have been painted with led paint and I wanted to make sure all of this was gone before the door went to live in Emmy's bedroom.
  2. After cleaning off the door with a wet cloth, I primed it.
  3. Then, I applied my first layer of pink paint using a small roller.
  4. I lightly sanded the door allowing some of the light colored primer paint to show through. 
  5. I then cleaned all the dust off the door again and applied the second coat of pink paint (this time I used 1/2 glaze 1/2 pink paint to allow some of the imperfections to show through).
  6. Finally, I added two hooks, the doorplate, and bird stencils.

~ a free-standing door with mirror ~
~ painted two different shades of pale pink ~
~ I added two (spray painted) crown hooks ~
{which I bought at the goodwill}

~ a vintage door plate and glass doorknob ~

~ I added two bird stencils ~
{Emmerson's momma is coocoo for birds right now}

Thank you for allowing me to share today Brooke.  This coocoo Momma couldn't be more grateful! If you'd like to see other coocoo projects or learn more about the whole coocoo family, head on over to my blog  mommy is coo coo.

Thanks so much Amanda! I'm so in love with this beautiful door. What a great idea for a unique mirror- I'm going to be on the lookout for old doors now! Be sure to visit Amanda's blog now to read my guest post. 



  1. Thanks! This coocoo momma is so grateful. :) It looks great.

  2. I'm glad mommyiscoocoo was able to salvage this, it turned out beautiful! I'm hopping over to visit her now.