Repurposed Door Mirror ~ Trashure Goodness

Curbside shopping is what I call a trashure hunt – that one’s man’s trash is MY treasure kinda thing. A few years ago I went on my first major trashure adventure with my oldest son and we scored huge. We got desks, dressers, cribs, old wood, and even this old front door with screen and glass insert. Would you have passed it by? Maybe you’ll change your mind when you see what I created for Trash to Treasure Tuesday. This the day where my blogger friends and I share our creations with you. Bring on my repurposed door mirror…and a giveaway for you! {{enter in dramatic music}}

Salvaged Door Before (AKA Trashure) | Prodigal Pieces |

You may remember that a few months ago I took the screen door and repurposed it into a chalkboard. The transformation and DIY tutorial are HERE.

Chalkboard Made from Repurposed Screen Door by Prodigal Pieces |

This time it’s the main frame’s turn. I’m planning on turning it into a repurposed door mirror. I have always wanted a huge mirror leaning in my living room and now was the time. However, I wasn’t going to pay over $200 for a mirror to be cut and installed.

Salvaged Arched Door Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

I had been searching for over 3 years for a mirror to fit in this thing. Then…it finally happened. I walked into the store and as I headed to the back, (looking for something else) and there it was. It had a price marked $20 and that seemed like a score already. I asked the owner if I could borrow a tape measure to see if it fit. Funny thing was that I had no idea the dimensions of my door at home, but was hoping it would work.

I asked her if she would hold it for me until I could get home and check. She not only agreed, but offered it to me for $10. WOOT! {{happy dance!!}} It was even made in Cleveland, OH in 1952. You can imagine the minute I got home I checked the opening… it was a match!! I was so excited that I sent JC over to pick it up. hahaha…

Now this thing that had occupied my garage for far too long would soon have a new life. I mean, just look at what is peeking out at me…gorgeous wood. Swoon!

Peeling Pain on Arched Door |

To be sure all systems were go, JC hauled the frame and mirror to a local glass shop to make sure it could be cut to fit. $45 dollars later I am headed home a happy mama. All I needed to do was peel of those 6 layers of nasty on the door to reveal the beauty within.

My mind was set on revealing that gorgeous oak, and then this happened…

Removing Old Door House Numbers to Prep |

I found pine, and not old pine. meh. That is not my favorite thing to find and changed up where I was going with this makeover. Enter in another new favorite tool. Remember, my motto is #toolsoverjewels – yeah baby!

HomeRight Heat Gun to Remove Layers of Paint |

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When I began with this door, I was trying to just use my putty knife to knock off the loose debris, and then maybe hit it with some heavy duty sanding. It seemed it was going to take me more than a day to work on this silly door, and I wasn’t about to waste that kind of time or expensive sanding pads. Then it dawned on me that I had my HomeRight Heat Gun. {{major head smack}}

Normally I tend to run and hide in a corner when dealing with a painted piece based on my past experiences. I have sworn them off with vengeance and you can read why in this post.

Since I had only used a heat gun while on the paint crew in college, I knew the jist of it, but this one is tweaked out. Multi-purpose tips, digital temp control and cool variable speeds. mwahahahaha…. Call me slap happy and shut the door. I started out with the head concentrated tip just to try it and set it at 550° and got what you see below.

NOTE: Take every precaution to check for lead in old pieces. Grab a testing kit and use a ventilator, just in case. Basic dust masks don’t do it for ya.

Bubbling Paint Using the HomeRight Digital Heat Gun by Prodigal Pieces |

All the layers coming off at once. I squealed out loud and then quickly did some more. No messy chemicals, no dust flying…I am one happy mama.

Scraping Paint off with HomeRight Heat Gun by Prodigal Pieces |

JC saw me doing a happy dance while he was working on our reclaimed hickory countertops for our kitchen remodel. So, of course, he wanted to try it too. He was in the middle of applying epoxy to the pits in the wood and then was initially using a match and torch to get the bubbles out. The heat gun was much safer and easier to use. See my door in the foreground? We are busy as bees around here.

Heat Gun for Treating Epoxy on Reclaimed Hickory Countertops by Prodigal Pieces |

Once I got going with it I found that the deflector tip and temp set to 1020° (yes, it gets that hot!) was much more suited for my job. At this point I began to see the door telling me which direction to go with it. Just look at all 6 of those yummy layers. My repurposed door mirror is now taking shape. Yes, I am leaving the layers on purpose. tsk. You should know me by now, right?

Layers of Paint of Curbside Door |

Since I was so thrilled with this tool that at last minute I decided to put together a video to show it to you in action.

Now you’ve seen it for yourself and I couldn’t be a happier camper. After getting it to the point that I loved it, I added a few pieces of trim cut with my jigsaw and secured the mirror in place with my AirStrike. The hardware got boiled in a pot of hot water until paint slid off. Easy-peasy.

Nailing Mirror into Place | prodigalpieces .com

My repurposed door mirror turned out just as I had hoped and even better.

Beautiful Arched Door Turned into Mirror for Farmhouse Decor by Prodigal Pieces |

Today, I’m showcasing it in my bedroom, but it will have its permanent home in my living room when it is completed. That’s after our kitchen, and after our family room. We don’t bite off more than we can chew, do we? ha. If you love our remodel in there, you can get all our DIY details in these bedroom posts.

Now, just look at those gorgeous layers – two whites, two browns, two grays with one being a slight more blue. Yummy.

Layers of Paint with Time-Worn Texture by Prodigal Pieces |

Old holes and chippy goodness on repurposed door mirror by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comGorgeous Chippy Paint on Curbside Find Door Repurposed by Prodigal Pieces |

Delighted to no end that this project came out as planned and that my 3-year-wait has finally ended. Do you blame me? I mean, it’s so fun to have it in my home now. And, I might add, that this is the first full-length mirror I have ever had. No more having to climb on the bed to see the other half! hahaha! (and I know I’m not the only one who has done that. tsk)

Arched Door Found Curbside Turned into Gorgeous Mirror by Prodigal Pieces |

Farmhouse Style Bedroom Decorated with Repurposed and Found Items by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comNow, because I was so stoked to try this tool, I asked HomeRight to allow me to send a heat gun to one of you too! Easy entry – just fill out the widget below for many chances to win. Plus, head over to Instagram to share you #trashure for another chance to win!  Open to U.S. Residents 18 years of age and older.

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My goal was to inspire you to see the treasure in what some call trash and give DIY a try. And, I hope you love my repurposed door mirror. Do pin and share to inspire others too. You never know who needs that bit of encouragement.

How to Turn a Curbside Door into a Mirror for Farmhouse Decor by Prodigal Pieces |

Up next, I am showing you my gift to self for my 40th birthday using this pile of pallet goodness. Doesn’t every girl build with these on their over-the-hill mark? Come see HERE.

Pile of Free Pallets for Compost Bin |

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  • Robin Defenbaugh

    I love your mirror! I would use the Home Right Heat Gun to strip layers of paint off my kitchen cabinets.

    June 13, 2017 at 4:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! That would be an great use for this gem of a tool.

      June 13, 2017 at 6:51 am Reply
  • Robin Defenbaugh

    I pinned your mirror project!

    June 13, 2017 at 4:29 am Reply
  • Christina in FL

    Wow, what a stunning transformation!! Did you have the mirror cut for you? I love the layers and it is such a beautiful piece now. Thank you for rescuing it! 🙂

    June 13, 2017 at 5:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful to hear, Christina. Thanks! Yes, I mentioned the cost in the post. No bad at all.

      June 13, 2017 at 6:52 am Reply
  • ColleenB.~Texas

    What a great make-over. The mirror actually looks great in your bedroom.
    Wonderful giveaway and looks like a powerful heat gun. Honestly; I don’t know what I would use it on first but time will tell. Sure to come in need when time arises.
    Thank You for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

    June 13, 2017 at 6:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      This was such fun for me to see this done. Thanks for loving on my work, Colleen. 🙂 This is definitely a bonus tool to have handy. I had forgot mine and look what it did for me. Yay!

      June 13, 2017 at 6:53 am Reply
  • Cindy

    I think your work is amazing. Your work thrills my soul.

    June 13, 2017 at 6:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That just made my day, Cindy. Thank you!!

      June 13, 2017 at 6:53 am Reply
  • ColleenB.~Texas

    I also Pinned your gorgeous project

    June 13, 2017 at 6:20 am Reply
  • Grace

    Oohh~! I would love to win that gun! What an amazing project and how everything came together! You ought to post a pic of the mirror when you found it. That was unbelievable! ?

    June 13, 2017 at 6:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You certainly could use it, Grace! Mirror was just a rectangle, but had it for almost a year now, so any pic is long gone. ha!

      June 13, 2017 at 6:57 am Reply
  • Cathy Farmer

    You are so creative. I have been on the hunt for a floor length mirror. This gives a new direction to search. So talented. Hope to win I relove things as well and the Heat gun would be very useful.

    June 13, 2017 at 6:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I am hoping to make another to keep in my bedroom this time. I had such fun!

      June 13, 2017 at 6:57 am Reply

    I really don’t like stripping paint with chemicals. I would love to give the gun a try to see if it would help get off enough paint I don’t have to strip!

    June 13, 2017 at 6:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I don’t either, even when I use a safer kind called CitriStrip. This gun would surely do the trick. Yay!

      June 13, 2017 at 6:57 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    The doors were a fantastic find, love the roadside shopping. The mirror does look great.

    June 13, 2017 at 6:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Debra. I am hoping to continue to destash so I can go on another trashure hunt. I haven’t been in 3 years and am feeling withdrawal. hee hee hee.

      June 13, 2017 at 6:58 am Reply
  • Karen

    I love your mirror. Great job. I would love to have the heat gun to take off the paint on the old windows on my greenhouse so they can be repainted

    June 13, 2017 at 6:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be a wonderful project. I believe I have greenhouse envy over here! 😀

      June 13, 2017 at 6:58 am Reply
  • Terie

    I have an outdoor cart that needs to be stripped and repainted this would be perfect for that task !

    June 13, 2017 at 6:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Excellent project! 😀

      June 13, 2017 at 6:59 am Reply
  • Terie

    Ps. The mirror is absolutely beautiful!

    June 13, 2017 at 6:56 am Reply
  • Jamie Kennemer

    Your mirror is quite the transformation! Looks amazing! What a cool tool for many projects since I dumpster Dive as well?! Love all of your posts! I have an old headboard I’d love to try it on! Thanks for the chance to win!

    June 13, 2017 at 7:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m happy to hear you like it, Jamie. Thanks!

      June 13, 2017 at 7:09 am Reply
  • Jewell Styles

    Love the georgous mirror! Love your
    Bedroom decor also. Good work!

    June 13, 2017 at 7:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We have fun around here. hahaha…thanks!!

      June 13, 2017 at 7:09 am Reply
  • Dodie

    Always love your creative postings. Impressed that you’ve trained your kids in the art of re-glamorizing junk… and boy are they good at it at such an early age – great skills to have !

    June 13, 2017 at 7:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much for saying so, Dodie. 🙂

      June 13, 2017 at 8:36 am Reply
  • Anne

    OMG OMG OMG What a beauty! Soooo envious 🙂 Great makeover!

    June 13, 2017 at 7:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…Anne! You are so sweet. Thank you for the love, girl.

      June 13, 2017 at 8:36 am Reply
  • Susan

    Beautiful! An unbelievable find. Wish I was that lucky. I’ve spent many hours stripping layers of paint. Never thought about a heat gun. Ha! Thanks for the giveaway!

    June 13, 2017 at 7:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m glad I remembered I had it! I had used it before on a minor project, but completely forgot about it. Hooray!

      June 13, 2017 at 8:37 am Reply
  • Linda lement

    So beautifully down and the mirror door looks amazing in your bedroom for now!

    June 13, 2017 at 8:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Linda! I can’t wait to see it in its forever home in my living room because that will mean my home is done. woot!

      June 13, 2017 at 8:37 am Reply
  • Brandi Bryant

    If I won, the first thing I would do is use it to take down an old wallpaper mural. Thanks for the giveaway.

    June 13, 2017 at 8:04 am Reply
  • Beth

    Oh Larissa, I just love the mirror and what you did for the chalk board! It is so cute!! I have an old mirror that I bought at a barn sale that has just been sitting waiting to be touched and after seeing your mirror, I just have to finish it this weekend! So pretty!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    June 13, 2017 at 8:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…sounds like you have a sweet project in the works! I can’t wait to see what you do with it, Beth. Thanks for the love.

      June 13, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply
  • Alicia

    I want to redo the dark furniture in my bedroom, so I would probably use the heat gun to remove the varnish. I sure could have used that on the old bed I am working on, I gave up on getting the old stuff out of some of the groves. LOL

    June 13, 2017 at 8:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I hear that. hahaha…

      June 13, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply
  • Alicia

    I pinned this project =)

    June 13, 2017 at 8:13 am Reply
  • Cecilia

    Haha, I had to laugh at your “tools over jewels” motto. That’s what I say too! My husband loves it. ? And yes! I would have pulled over to get that door and it’s inserts. Just gorgeous. I love how it turned out. Wow, wow!
    Thank you too, for the chance to win the heat gun. Hm, stripping paint without chemicals – how nice!

    June 13, 2017 at 8:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ever since a teen that is my motto, and I’m glad to hear I’m not alone. Woot!

      June 13, 2017 at 8:40 am Reply
  • Alison S

    I love your mirror and if I win, I have a painted dresser that I need to strip the paint off of. I would use it on that for sure!

    June 13, 2017 at 8:14 am Reply
  • Rhonda Nottingham

    What a lovely mirror!

    June 13, 2017 at 8:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Rhonda. 🙂

      June 13, 2017 at 8:40 am Reply
  • Carole

    That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! I’ve never used a heat gun before, but it looks like t would be a lot easier than the stripper I usually use. Your mirror is AMAZING! I love it!

    June 13, 2017 at 8:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      The less messy way to go is such a treat. You will love this heat gun! And thanks for the love on my work.

      June 13, 2017 at 8:41 am Reply
  • Amber

    I love your work! I’m not sure what I would use it for. I have so many projects I’m almost paralyzed. LOL

    June 13, 2017 at 8:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      ha! I feel much the same, Amber. It will be great to have in your arsenal.

      June 13, 2017 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Carol S

    Great job on the door/mirror. Very, very creative. I would have never thought of leaving all those layers. They really added to the charm. My heart is full when I think of all the things you have accomplished. We need many more people and families like you/yours. I strip/refinish projects and haven’t learned to stay from painted pieces yet. 🙂 While I use safe soy-based stripper, would love to try the heat gun. I see others use it and it seems to be a really cool thing. Thanks for the opportunity!

    June 13, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet to compliment, Carol. Thank you!

      June 13, 2017 at 11:15 am Reply
  • Donna Gonzalez

    I have the two Home Right shelters, now I just need the sprayer and the HEAT GUN and I will be magically transformed into DIYer extraordinaire!

    June 13, 2017 at 8:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome!! You certainly will be set, Donna. And have a blast too!

      June 13, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Laurie

    Love the mirror! You actually made me LOL when I read about you standing on the bed to see your outfit in the mirror. I’m assuming a dresser mirror, because that’s what I did for years. We do what we got to do, don’t we?

    June 13, 2017 at 8:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Amen, sista. Yes, make do or do without. High five!!

      June 13, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Jane

    Great Work! If I should win, I have many projects to work on. From a few old windows to some unfinished projects that just didn’t work out (fails!). This would be a great tool addition. I can see many uses. Keep up the great job you are doing. God Bless.

    June 13, 2017 at 8:54 am Reply
  • LouAnn

    that is beautiful!!!!

    June 13, 2017 at 8:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Aww…thanks, LouAnn!

      June 13, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Mother Deer

    I love your project and would use the heat gun to work on a curbside find that is waiting for attention in my garage 🙂

    June 13, 2017 at 9:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like a plan. Yay!

      June 13, 2017 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Terry

    Love your ‘new’ mirror!! We just bought a ‘new to us’ home and the first project I’d use that heat gun on is the fireplace surround.

    June 13, 2017 at 9:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…that would be sweet!

      June 13, 2017 at 11:17 am Reply
  • Kaitlyn

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one that stops to pick up stuff off the side of the road! My husband thinks I’ve lost my mind! The heat gun is pretty neat, I’ve never thought of it as something to use for projects like that, I’m guessing that I could use it to take the veneer off my dresser that I’ve wanted to redo!

    June 13, 2017 at 9:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are most definitely not alone! Even check out Christy’s curbside find in the projects shared at the bottom of the post. So fun! Veneer removal is perfect for this too, and I also use my towel-soak method.

      June 13, 2017 at 11:36 am Reply
  • Rebecca

    Yay, I was hoping you would showcase the layers of paint! Beautiful!

    June 13, 2017 at 9:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh yessss… I wasn’t thinking I would leave as much, but this worked out just fine. Thanks!!

      June 13, 2017 at 11:36 am Reply
  • Cathy

    Love ALL those paint layers. What a cool mirror – a true one of a kind. Would love that heat gun! What a great give-a-way! Thanks for the inspiration, kiddo!!

    June 13, 2017 at 10:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Those layers make me drool!! I’m so excited to have it. Thanks!

      June 13, 2017 at 11:37 am Reply
  • Cathy

    And I pinned this project too! I have an old oak kitchen chair that I want to strip but I have had limited success using sand paper and Citrix. I think that heat gun would do the trick!!!

    June 13, 2017 at 10:08 am Reply
  • Maureen Clipperton

    I have a head board I would try it on.

    June 13, 2017 at 10:24 am Reply
  • Sheila Moore

    Your mirror is a beauty. Good things are worth the wait.

    June 13, 2017 at 11:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They sure are. Thank you, Sheila. 😀

      June 13, 2017 at 11:45 am Reply
  • Karen Sweitzer

    You are a lucky girl for finding these great “bones”. Love the rounded top!! The little bit of blue shining through has added just a perfect touch!!
    Great job, Larissa

    June 13, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Jeane Gallo

    Love the mirror! You hit a home run with this one.
    I have a often times painted little table that would be an excellent piece to try using a new heat gun.

    June 13, 2017 at 11:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! Thank you for the love!

      June 13, 2017 at 11:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I had fun finally getting it done.

      June 13, 2017 at 1:04 pm Reply
  • Suzanne Grecco

    Love, love, love your mirror project! And I had no idea you could use a heat gun like that! My husband and I like to remodel homes on the side (aka flips), and a heat gun like that would be ideal for some of the jobs we have to tackle. And we’ve found some gems in some of the homes we’ve bought that are lots of fun to transform – my imagination is running wild with all the fun things I could do with this tool! Thanks for sharing!

    June 13, 2017 at 11:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like this is right up your alley! We’d love to flip houses for sure…maybe one day when the kids are grown.

      June 13, 2017 at 11:41 am Reply
  • Suzanne Grecco

    And I just pinned your project to my DIY board… And I signed up for your newsletter, too. Can’t wait to be updated on all your goodies!

    June 13, 2017 at 11:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Got it! So fun to have you on board. Feel free to ask questions!

      June 13, 2017 at 11:43 am Reply
  • Kathy E.

    Turning an old door into a mirror is genius! That curved top is so unique and pretty. I have an old 3 drawer chest that needs updating and this heat gun would help me get the job done.

    June 13, 2017 at 11:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I am a sucker for arches of any kind. Thanks so much, Kathy!

      June 13, 2017 at 11:43 am Reply
  • Kaycee

    What a beautiful Trashure Larissa! I always look forward to the awesome “trash” you find and transform into beautiful pieces! I was wondering, could I use this type of heat gun to remove old veneer from a piece? Thanks for the opportunity to enter too!

    June 13, 2017 at 11:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Kaycee! Yes, you can use it for veneer as well. Just would have to watch the temp settings. Since I had 6 layers, I could crank it up.

      June 13, 2017 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Brenda G

    I just love your style! Lovely, lovely project! You inspire me! We just received an old speaker to a small and broken organ. It’s absolutely lovely wood but we haven’t got a clue what to do with it. I said “Oh! Let’s see what Larissa thinks it could be!”

    June 13, 2017 at 11:34 am Reply
    • Brenda G

      We would use the heat gun on a massively painted book shelf; its green on top of white on top of orange on top of????

      June 13, 2017 at 11:36 am Reply
      • Larissa

        Oh boy! Sounds like the perfect project for you. 😀

        June 13, 2017 at 11:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun is that?! So sweet to hear, Brenda. Thank you!

      June 13, 2017 at 11:44 am Reply
  • Paula

    Love everything about this project! Old door (curved to boot)! Love that you kept those layers. So happy that this all came together and that you get to enjoy it. If I had the Home Right heat gun, I would probably get to many of my projects; I think the “stripping” part is hanging me up. So happy that you tried this and paved the way for us!

    June 13, 2017 at 12:19 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I know the feeling. The painted pieces are hard when you don’t have the right equipment. Thanks so much for encouraging words. 😀

      June 13, 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply
  • Paula

    I pinned this three times (once for the tool and two different boards for the project!) before I went to the entry!! I also pinned one of your projects off of Home Rights Facebook (how did I miss that on your sight?). Thank you for sharing your creative and innovative mind with us.

    June 13, 2017 at 12:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome!! So glad you enjoyed it!

      June 13, 2017 at 1:06 pm Reply
  • Wendy Drake

    Larissa, I would have locked the brakes down to pick these beautiful treasures up from the curb. I love how these projects turned out. They are gorgeous. Thank you for the inspiration!!!

    June 13, 2017 at 12:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They guy had to thought I was crazy and I just told him I was a photographer and need stuff like that for props. Woot!

      June 13, 2017 at 1:09 pm Reply
  • Jackie

    Absolutely beautiful! Love the different layers of paint colors. I love old doors too. Stripping is such a messy chore! A heat gun would be a blessing! Thank you for sharing!

    June 13, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It sure is a messy thing and why I tend to avoid it. haha. Thanks for stopping by!

      June 13, 2017 at 1:10 pm Reply
  • kimmylouwho

    I love the mirror and how you were able to up-cycle both the mirror and the door! I would use the tool on some painted tables so I can use stain on them instead!

    June 13, 2017 at 12:41 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! Yes, so fun to marry things together to make new. This heat gun would be perfect for you!

      June 13, 2017 at 1:10 pm Reply
  • Kristi Bell

    You did just right by this project!! Perfect result! I love HomeRight products….the spray shelter and the spray gun are favorites in my arsenal!

    June 13, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes! I have just about everything they offer and have never been disappointed. Thanks for the love!

      June 13, 2017 at 1:11 pm Reply
  • [email protected] of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    That turned out so cool, Larissa!! I know you were thrilled to find those pretty layers under there!! XOXO

    June 13, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      oh yessss…you know me well! Thanks, Christy. 🙂

      June 13, 2017 at 1:11 pm Reply
  • Nancy Carroll

    Fabulous rescue! Love all the layers exposed!

    June 13, 2017 at 12:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So fun to hear. Thank you!

      June 13, 2017 at 1:12 pm Reply
  • Penny

    Love the door/mirror, all the layers of paint & just everything about it. To think you did it with a heat gun, look like it became that way thru years of use. Love It!!!

    June 13, 2017 at 1:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so stoked! Thanks so much, Penny.

      June 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm Reply
  • Penny

    I also pinned it on pinterest, thanks again for the giveaway!!!

    June 13, 2017 at 1:15 pm Reply
  • Meghan Seyller

    What a unique project. I love the chippy layers. I’d love to win the gun. I have a couple of projects I’m working on where it would come in handy!

    June 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm Reply
    • Meghan Seyller

      Ps I pinned the project too.

      June 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Meghan. It sure would!

      June 13, 2017 at 4:31 pm Reply
  • Marie|The Interior Frugalista

    $10, wow, now that’s a score! I wondered at first why you were not using paint stripper and calling it a day. Now I know why – those lovely layers that add so much character!!! Can’t wait to see the mirror in your living room.

    June 13, 2017 at 1:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I know, right?! I don’t like the chemicals of stripper and the mess. I know they say all natural, but I don’t trust them long term. Thanks so much for the love, Marie!

      June 13, 2017 at 4:32 pm Reply
  • Judy J

    Now that is a great mirror! I love how you left some of the older paint on – makes you wonder the stories that the door holds!

    June 13, 2017 at 1:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s all I could think of while working. The original home is brick, so it was fun to think the most likely the lady of the house changed it up. hee hee hee.

      June 13, 2017 at 4:33 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Larissa, what awesome vision! I LOVE this !! How did you get along without a full-length mirror for so long !? Hmmm, if I won, I think I’ll try the heat on some red painted chairs. These will be a lot of work, I know.

    June 13, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Ha! I know, right?! Thanks, Patty. 😀

      June 13, 2017 at 4:33 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Have also pinned to my pinterest board Furniture Finishes. thanks, Larissa!

    June 13, 2017 at 1:59 pm Reply
  • Rebekah B.

    I just bought a table that needs some attention at a yard sale and this tool would be great! I never knew such a thing existed. Would have been nice when I was scraping paint with chemicals off of my kitchen cabinets. Oh, the many hours spent on that project!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

    June 13, 2017 at 2:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh my, YES! This is certainly a lifesaver. 😉

      June 13, 2017 at 4:34 pm Reply
  • Michelle Arnold-Yeager

    A heat gun is on my current must have list, along with a nailer! Love the shape of this door but mostly that you just cleaned up portions and left it’s layers speak of its days gone by. Mirror perfect!!

    June 13, 2017 at 2:09 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are a kindred spirit, Michelle. Exactly why my motto is #toolsoverjewels 😀

      June 13, 2017 at 4:35 pm Reply
  • Kristina Austin

    Such a cool makeover. I just love those old arched doors. I wish the still put them on new homes!

    June 13, 2017 at 2:16 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They beckon me in every time. Love arches!

      June 13, 2017 at 4:35 pm Reply
  • Marcie Lovett

    That door is providing lots of decorating fodder! I need to get out my HomeRight sprayer again and finish some projects. I didn’t know they made a heat gun.

    June 13, 2017 at 2:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I really love it in my bedroom, so may need to find another for my bedroom. Ha!

      June 13, 2017 at 4:35 pm Reply
  • Patti

    I think this is my fav trashure project of yours! It’s perfectly chippy! If I won, I would use this helpful tool to help remove paint from an old bed that I want to turn into a bench! Well, my husband would do most of the work. 🙂

    June 13, 2017 at 2:31 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful!! Sounds like a fun project, Patti.

      June 13, 2017 at 4:36 pm Reply
  • Patti

    Pinned it!

    June 13, 2017 at 2:31 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Wow, this is stunning! You did wonderful things with all those ghastly layers, haha!!! Everyone NEEDS a full lrngth mirror! I have seen some very cool things done with heat guns… maybe I need to give one a try. I’m curious as to what it does to your electric bill though? I had friends who quadrupled their bill striping down something once. Have things improved since then? Some thing are worth it, even if they haven’t though!

    June 13, 2017 at 3:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so right, Becky! 😀 I know the guns have such untapped possibilties and I just need to whip mine out more. Woot! I won’t know on the bill until later. Good to know. 😉

      June 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm Reply
  • Becky

    Pinned, for sure! : )

    June 13, 2017 at 3:08 pm Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Absolutely love, love, love the mirror! I have never used a heat gun to remove paint but would love to win the tool and have the chance to do this.

    June 13, 2017 at 3:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy to hear it, Debra. Thank you!

      June 13, 2017 at 4:38 pm Reply
  • Keenan

    Ooohhh.. that’s gorgeous! Love that there’s a hint of color with all the neutral, but just the slightest! I have old (painted) wooden doors sitting on my basement to replace the ugly hollow core doors in our 1901 house (why anyone would replace solid wood, which I’m sure were originally in here, with hollow core beats me!) Anyway, that would be my (first) use for it!

    June 13, 2017 at 4:43 pm Reply
    • Keenan

      PS- pinned! 🙂

      June 13, 2017 at 4:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, you get why I left it…so beautiful. We have hollow core and have been on the hunt for wood since forever. Someone chopped ours short for the white carpet that was in here, but there was gorgeous oak floors underneath! eep!

      June 13, 2017 at 4:57 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Grant

    I am loving the chalk board door! I could totally rock one of those mirrors in my rustic master bedroom (or bathroom)! The first project I would tackle would be to strip the ugly old peel and stick flooring out of my guest bathroom with the heat gun :)! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win such a useful tool.

    June 13, 2017 at 5:31 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like you are a kindred spirit, Stephanie. Thank you!

      June 13, 2017 at 9:35 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Grant

    I pinned your mirror as well :O)!

    June 13, 2017 at 5:33 pm Reply
  • Charlene

    Love it! A heat gun would be the way to “work smart, not hard”

    June 13, 2017 at 5:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so right. 😀

      June 13, 2017 at 9:36 pm Reply
  • Lindsay Eidahl

    AMAZING finds! Great makeover!! Love it so much!

    June 13, 2017 at 5:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for stopping by, Lindsay!

      June 13, 2017 at 9:36 pm Reply
  • Sam - Raggedy Bits

    Such a fabulous find!! You sure worked your magic on this beauty!! Thank you for all the tips on the heat gun! Loved your video too ??

    June 13, 2017 at 6:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet to say so, Sam. Thank you!

      June 13, 2017 at 9:36 pm Reply
  • Lezlie adams

    Love love love the mirror

    June 13, 2017 at 6:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Me too! Thank you for saying so. 🙂

      June 13, 2017 at 9:37 pm Reply
  • Heidi Goertz

    I think I have the same chandelier as you have in your bedroom- MIne is made in Spain, heavy, heavy brass.

    June 13, 2017 at 7:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, it sure is heavy and I have a match that is waiting for its new home too.

      June 13, 2017 at 9:37 pm Reply
  • Mary Falks

    Very nice job on the door frame, so creative. How many layers did you leave on the door?

    June 13, 2017 at 7:09 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Left a bit of every one. 😀 Thanks!

      June 13, 2017 at 9:37 pm Reply
  • Wilma

    Well because of all of your convincing posts , so far I owe the Homeright sprayer, the sprayer cleaner and the sprayer tent! So is logical that I was chanting “want it ! want it want it-!! While watching the video and thinking , it would be a splendid fathers day present for me! I meant my hubby….

    June 13, 2017 at 7:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Rock ON!! That is awesome, and I’m sure you love them as much as I do. You know your husband NEEDS this. ahahahaha…

      June 13, 2017 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • Carrie S.

    This inspired me! I’m just about to tackle refinishing our bedroom furniture and it’ll be my first project I’ve done in long time, I’m so excited! The heat gun is a good idea for the mirror I need to strip!

    June 13, 2017 at 7:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! Sounds like the perfect project, Carrie.

      June 13, 2017 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • Paula

    Your mirror turned out beautiful! It definitely has motivated me to be more on the look out for wonderful trashure finds. I look forward to all your blog posts! <3

    June 13, 2017 at 7:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s the spirit! I’m happy to hear it.

      June 13, 2017 at 9:39 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Very cool repurpose Larissa, and how lucky that you (finally) found a mirror to fit!

    June 13, 2017 at 8:24 pm Reply
  • Maryann Smith

    I’d use the heat gun to help strip old paint on a dresser I am working on.

    June 13, 2017 at 9:21 pm Reply
  • Karen Simon Peterson

    What a wonderful mirror – I love it! I actually have an old mirror that is painted a weird color. I would use the heat gun to strip off that color. Thanks for the giveaway.

    June 13, 2017 at 9:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Karen! The heat gun would help for sure.

      June 14, 2017 at 5:37 am Reply
  • Nicole Martin

    Very cool project! I would first use it to get a sticker off my car window. Then I would think of something crafty to do with it!

    June 13, 2017 at 10:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      haha! That would be awesome.

      June 14, 2017 at 5:37 am Reply
  • Melissa

    I would use it to strip black paint off antique refrigerator. Thanks for the chance to win.

    June 14, 2017 at 2:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ooh…sounds interesting!

      June 14, 2017 at 5:37 am Reply
  • Dixie Lee

    Th former owners painted the metal front door a nice color but used the wrong paint, which is literally melting off! I’d use it to strip the door!

    June 14, 2017 at 8:47 am Reply
  • Kathy

    It can be REALLY dangerous to use a heat gun at that high of a setting. That storm door is probably at least 50 years old, probably older, and very likely has lead in the lower layers. Lead vaporizes at temperatures over 640 degrees and then you breath it in, which is a lot more toxic than just touching it. Please take precautions next time and just assume anything that old has lead in it and use a lead-rated dust mask (N-100, although a pain- rated one at N-95 is better than nothing), wear long sleeves, goggles, wash your hands and face before eating, and use a drywall bag in your shop-vac to clean up. And of course, set your heat gun to under 640 degrees. It takes longer, but your health is worth it.

    June 14, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Who said I wasn’t being cautious? There was no lead (testing) and I used a ventilator while outside. Don’t assume either. I understand you are educating and I appreciate that.

      June 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm Reply
  • Kristi

    Oh my goodness! This turned out SO beautifully Larissa!!! LOVE it!

    June 14, 2017 at 9:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Kristi!

      June 14, 2017 at 4:25 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Wow, that is totally not what I was expecting. Your video is fantastic, very informative! And the door mirror is so beautiful. So many great layers on it. And so much character much better than if you had stripped the whole thing.

    June 14, 2017 at 10:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It needed to be as it is. Thanks, Mary!

      June 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm Reply
  • Linda Clement

    I love hearing about all the tools and products that you use. ?

    June 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy to hear it, Linda. Thank you!

      June 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm Reply
  • Pam Forgash

    I love your long awaited mirror project! I had no idea that a heat gun like this existed. Thank you!

    June 14, 2017 at 2:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so excited to have it done. Thank you!

      June 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm Reply
  • beverly e

    You find such unique pieces… LOVE the mirror! I would use the heat gun on an old headboard. Thanks for the giveaway.

    June 14, 2017 at 2:54 pm Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    Wow, layers!!! I love it, you worked your magic again! xo

    June 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for the love, Nancy! 😀

      June 14, 2017 at 4:26 pm Reply
  • Steve Weber

    There are several trim pieces in our kitchen that needs to be re-glued.

    June 14, 2017 at 5:09 pm Reply
  • Karen U

    Love that amazing mirror! You get the best finds! I would use that awesome heat gun for stripping up some old peel and stick tiles. It would make for quick work I’m sure!

    June 14, 2017 at 5:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It sure would. Thanks, Karen!

      June 15, 2017 at 5:56 am Reply
  • Sharon

    Love how the door mirror turned out! Those chippy layers are the best! New to your blog through Bless’er House & so glad to have found you

    June 14, 2017 at 7:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy you found me, Sharon. Thank you!

      June 15, 2017 at 5:56 am Reply
  • Cornelia L Short

    Wow, I have a nice heat gun but never thought about using it too remove paint!
    I love your door

    June 14, 2017 at 8:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you. Yes, it is an effective tool when used properly.

      June 15, 2017 at 5:57 am Reply
  • Cornelia L Short

    Wow, I have a nice heat gun but never thought about using it too remove paint!
    I love your door and I have an old dresser I’m gonna try this on
    Thanks for sharing
    I pinned your project too!

    June 14, 2017 at 8:22 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    I would tackle a bench that I found on the side of the road several years ago.

    June 14, 2017 at 10:04 pm Reply
  • Kellie

    I love your door mirror. I need to go trashure hunting myself!!! ha ha I would use the heat gun on an old door I have sitting out in my shed that my husband has been wanting to throw out but I won’t let him because I know I can turn it into something wonderful!!!

    June 14, 2017 at 10:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be fun! Thank you.

      June 15, 2017 at 5:59 am Reply
  • Tracy H

    Honestly I don’t have a clue what I could use it for just yet. I just wanted to say how much I Love that mirror. I did the same with an old window frame but yours is just awesome

    June 14, 2017 at 10:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet. Thank you!

      June 15, 2017 at 5:59 am Reply
  • Cindy Downing

    I absolutely love the mirror project. Love the shape. I have no idea what i would use it for. I will just have to be inspired

    June 14, 2017 at 10:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      The arches get me every time. Thanks for the love!

      June 15, 2017 at 6:00 am Reply
  • carol clark

    i have an old old mirror and id take the paint off and also a clothing cabinet

    June 15, 2017 at 1:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like a fantastic plan.

      June 15, 2017 at 6:00 am Reply
  • carol clark

    i pinned it also

    June 15, 2017 at 1:14 am Reply
  • Nancy(fangles) Brown

    Some things are just “Worth the Wait” This piece is certainly one of them! Just Gorgeous! I am in love and in awe! thanks for the inspiration!

    June 15, 2017 at 10:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They sure are. Thank you!

      June 15, 2017 at 10:23 am Reply
  • Frances Batson

    I love the door! I need a heat gun to clean up a bookcase and a large flea market picture window. I have lots of stuff to work on. I totally under stand not being able to walk away from something that can be made into something great!

    June 15, 2017 at 11:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are a kindred spirit, Frances. Carry on! 😀

      June 15, 2017 at 11:14 am Reply
  • Kim @Hunt & Host

    these doors…jealous of your find, and as always amazing makeovers!!!!

    June 15, 2017 at 11:04 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So crazy, eh? I was so stoked. Thanks, Kim!

      June 15, 2017 at 11:15 am Reply
  • Dan Dykstra

    Your work/crafts are very unique. I really like them. I would probably use the heat gun on a couple of planters that need some TLC.

    June 15, 2017 at 1:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds good to me, Dan. Thanks!

      June 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm Reply
  • Kathie Gates

    I did not know there was a heat gun for these purposes. I have several “flaky” painted items to tackle. Namely three stools for my kitchen and a few windows. I would love a heat gun. Thanks for sharing.

    June 15, 2017 at 2:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      My please. I have 3 stools that need some TLC too. yay!

      June 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm Reply
  • Lynn Fowler

    You are a treasure! Love your blog and your creations! Been so busy babysitting my newest grandbaby, so happy the contest is still on.

    June 15, 2017 at 2:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Lynn, you are the sweetest. Sounds like you have the best reason to be busy! Congrats!

      June 16, 2017 at 3:19 pm Reply
  • Sonya Morris

    You are so creative! I love giving new life to old pieces of furniture so I would use a heat gun to strip old paint.

    June 15, 2017 at 10:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That sounds wonderful, Sonya. Thanks!

      June 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm Reply
  • Karrie

    I love the mirror project..I would love to try that here

    June 16, 2017 at 5:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome to hear, Karrie. Thank you!

      June 16, 2017 at 5:41 pm Reply
  • Audrey

    Great project! I would use the heat gun to strip the paint off all the wood trim in our house!

    June 17, 2017 at 7:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! This gun sure would help.

      June 19, 2017 at 6:40 am Reply
  • Audrey

    I also pinned your project 🙂

    June 17, 2017 at 7:51 am Reply
  • sarah mayer

    I have this mirror that broke off my dresser, I’d love to re-attach it.

    June 17, 2017 at 12:22 pm Reply
  • Cheryl Bonner

    That is an amazing job. Type results speak for themselves,spectacular

    June 17, 2017 at 8:21 pm Reply
  • Brandy Jones

    You always have the best projects! The mirror is gorgeously. I have a waterfall dresser that I picked up last year then the previous owner painted a milk chocolate brown. I never thought of using a heat gun to take off the paint!

    June 17, 2017 at 9:46 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Happy dance! Get on it, girl! 😀

      June 19, 2017 at 7:43 am Reply
  • Stacie Humphrey

    We work on different projects from week to week. This would be an awesome tool to have!

    June 17, 2017 at 10:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You sound just like us. Woot!

      June 19, 2017 at 7:43 am Reply
  • Sil

    Swooning over this project!! I have so many uses for this Home Right Heat gun. Last year we purchased a 1909 farmhouse. Everything from cabinets to closet doors could use the magic of this tool. I even have an old work bench found in our barn that needs some love before I turn it into our kitchen island. Thanks for the inspiration & the chance to win this great tool!

    June 17, 2017 at 10:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like oodles of projects and fun while you’re at it. Yay!

      June 19, 2017 at 7:44 am Reply
  • Sil

    I pinned this inspirational project!

    June 17, 2017 at 10:41 pm Reply
  • Robyn Wright

    Did you use anything to seal it after the scraping or just leave it as is? It’s gorgeous!

    June 29, 2018 at 10:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Robyn. No, just left it as is. 🙂

      June 30, 2018 at 5:57 am Reply

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