Antiquing a Mirror Frame

Antiquing a Mirror Frame

Sometimes, things are just meant to be in life.  My husband and I purchased a couple of bar stools for our kitchen through Craigslist.  They matched two others we had, and what were the chances that we ever found a matching pair?

While at this woman’s incredible home to pick up the bar stools, she had a couple of mirrors in the corner.  She asked, “Would you like to take these?  I don’t have a need for them.”

“Sure,” I replied.  At that moment, I didn’t think I’d have a need for them, but figured there was always room for a mirror, right?

As luck would have it, I put together a bedroom for one of my daughters.  The room didn’t have a closet, so the solution was to put two wardrobes into her room.  Due to the height of the furniture, she wouldn’t be able to have a regular mirror over a dresser.  I pulled out one of the mirrors the woman gave me and came up with a plan to make it go with the furniture.

The mirror had a gold frame – something that made my husband shudder.  No way was a gold framed mirror going up in our house.  I didn’t think it was so bad, but I know what it’s like to dislike something in a room in your face on a daily basis.
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I lined the mirrored part with newspaper.  I only had really cheap blue paint tape, so I went over the newspaper because I didn’t trust the paint to not run through the limited amount of newspaper I had available.
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The idea, in this case, was that the frame was already painted a gold color.  My daughter’s room has off white, antiqued furniture.  I wanted to spray paint the frame in the same color as the furniture and wipe off some of the paint in order to let the gold shine through to give it an antiqued effect.  The mirror was of excellent quality, so I was thrilled to have it available for the project. Keep your eyes open for a mirror at a yard or tag sale that might fit the bill for this. Something with a darker paint color that can come through will work well – even something with green, brown, or a paint color that you decide to paint on first.

I used this paint from Rust-oleum:
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The paint wasn’t easy to wipe off, so I used a putty knife to gently scrape off the paint prior to it drying.
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Fortunately for me, the gold color seemed to have a brown under it that came through when I took the new paint off. The result was a mirror that had the same antiqued look as my daughter’s furniture.  I brushed off the paint that I scraped away.
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The end result was a beautiful, full length mirror for my daughter’s room.  The cost to me was an inexpensive can of paint. This project doesn’t take long to complete and can be completed by a person with little or no experience with painting. Revive your old mirrors and frames instead of throwing them out!  This technique can also be used on furniture.  Do you hear something calling out to you to be reused?  Take a chance and bring something back into your home to enjoy for more years!  It’s a great weekend project with lasting results.
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2 thoughts on “Antiquing a Mirror Frame

  1. Laura Moreau

    Haha! I have been saving a mirror for just this purpose and just brought home a head and foot board that is in very decent shape my sister was taking to the dump! Don puts up with my “stuff” in the garage as I can always see repurposing in a lot of things!

    1. Donna

      It’s the way to go, though! Things aren’t made as nicely now as they once were…not to mention saving money by repurposing!

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