Easy DIY: Update an Old Mirror

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Raise your hand if you’ve learned the hard way that nice-looking mirrors can cost almost their weight in gold? Consider our hands raised. So when we happened upon a vintage (read: in need of a major overhaul) mirror for $5 at a thrift shop, we managed to look past its garish faux-antiqued gold frame and bring it home.

Painting a mirror’s frame is an simple DIY with a big payoff. If you’re staring at a gilded frame that doesn’t match your modern decor, try imagining it with a couple of coats of high-gloss cherry red, or bright white. And then think of the new life that old mirror will enjoy in your bathroom, or wherever it might end up.

Simply choose your color (maybe you have a little leftover paint from another project?), grab a small brush, and tape off the edges of the mirror. If the frame is slick, you may want to rough up the surface with sandpaper. To paint, we’d recommend at least two coats (if not three). Be sure to let it dry completely before picking it up; you don’t want any thumbprints showing up on your freshly-painted frame!

We like the aesthetic of things showing a little wear; so when our mirror showed a few scrapes and scratches, we embraced those flaws. But if you’re looking for a cleaner design, pay close attention to those little imperfections. Fixing them will definitely improve the look of the finished product!

Finally, if you get any paint on the mirror, simply let it dry and then scrape it off with a straight-edged razor.

For an even more in-depth tutorial, check out our friends over at Young House Love, who found a nice mirror on sale and gave it a couple of coats of paint to fit right in with their nursery decor!

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