Before and After: See This $6 Mirror Transform into a Designer Lookalike

published Aug 21, 2020
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Before: Plain white-framed floor mirror

You don’t have to spend a ton to make your home look a million bucks—and this mirror redo from Kristy Benson of Benson Dwelling is proof. Kristy scored a plain white mirror from Lowe’s (“just your average full sized mirror that you usually put behind your door because it is nothing special,” Kristy says) for a little more than $6. You’ve certainly seen this mirror before, in your dorm rooms or apartment belonging to people in their early 20s: It’s a simple rectangle shape with a plain white frame, totally unoffensive but not particularly show-stopping, either.

“I wanted to transform it so that I can showcase it,” Kristy says. “An adorable full-sized mirror is hard to find and always SO expensive. I wanted to create something unique and gorgeous on the cheap.” She was able to do the project over three days, with just $79 in materials.

Kristy’s shopping list included finished plywood, which she cut into an arched shape for the backing, as well as half-round molding that she used on the sides. For the top and bottom, Kristy reached for flex molding to get a cool raised arch look, which she painted in a soft pink paint (Sherwin-Williams’ Romance) to complement the natural wood finish of the plywood and trim. (For full instructions, you can follow along with Kristy’s build on her YouTube channel.)

The new mirror is unrecognizable—and looks way more expensive than its total $85 price tag. “I adore the playful lines,” Kristy says. “The light plywood with the pop of blush pink gets me every time! I have a hard time choosing to stare at my outfit or my mirror.”

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