Awesome friends, welcome to Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday!! If you’re new around here, welcome to my blog family!! I get together with four of my favorite treasure-maker friends the second Tuesday of every month to share good ole trashy makeovers. Be sure to look for their makeovers at the bottom of this post.
Before we get started on today’s makeover, I wanted to let y’all know that this gorgeous blue floral paper:
…is back in stock in my shop! I bought what I thought was a good amount to start, and they all sold the first day! See that mirror makeover HERE if you missed it.
Today’s Mirror Makeover
On to today’s project! I love when I have something really trashy to breath new life into! At the moment, I am two pieces shy of finishing the Biggest Thrifty Haul of them all, and honestly, neither one was very trashy boooo. That’s okay though because it’s still fun to see a thrifty makeover, right?
Of the two pieces left in this huge haul, I chose this mirror that I picked up for $4.25:
Just ignore my pasty legs there!
This didn’t appear to be an expensive mirror, but it had a nice, beveled edge which I liked, and for less than $5, I knew I really couldn’t go wrong.
I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I started this mirror makeover by removing the mirror from the frame.
I had a decent amount of this Lace transfer left over from this small table I shared recently that I thought could be pretty on the outer part of the frame:
Paint the Frame
When deciding what paint I wanted to use under the transfer, I chose Vintage Duck Egg Blue, and gave the frame two coats:
The coverage on this color is amazing, and I could almost have gotten away with just one coat. I like to lighten this up a bit by mixing it 50/50 with Cotton or Fluff also.
Don’t forget to paint the inside edge of the back as well since you will see that reflected in the mirror
Apply the Transfer
Once the paint had dried completely, I started laying out the Lace Transfer. I wasn’t sure if I was going to try to match up the pattern all the way around or not, but I decided to give it a try and see if I had enough left to do that.
I started along the bottom and up the left side:
To apply the transfer:
- Make any cuts if necessary. I had to make several cuts to fit the frame, and because I was piecing together scrap pieces. I used my rotary cutting set as it makes perfectly straight cuts!
- Peel off the backing and position the transfer where you want it. They are a bit tacky, so they will pretty much stay put once you apply them to your surface. I have found that Dixie Belle’s transfers are a bit more forgiving if you need to reposition them. I don’t know if I just got lucky or not though.
- Once you are happy with placement, use the tool included to burnish (rub with pressure) the transfer to the surface of your project.
- Peel off the top protective layer. If the transfer is still sticking to the top layer, lay it back down and burnish some more.
I was able to cover all but this small section:
I wasn’t able to match the pattern with the two small pieces I had left unfortunately, so I did have to break open another transfer. But, it was awesome that I was able to get almost two decent sized projects done from just the one!
Once I had the transfer applied all the way around, I wanted to highlight the pretty detailed part of the frame on the inside, so I reached for the white wax:
I used my La Petite wax brush to push it into all those crannies.
Then I took a soft clean cloth and wiped back the wax:
I removed most of it where the transfer was but left in the all the details. I went back about 15 minutes or so later and buffed it to a nice sheen. Wax is a sealer also, so that sealed it as well.
Reassemble the Mirror
I put the mirror back into the frame and covered it with a piece of cardboard I cut to fit to protect the back (nothing was there before). I then used my Logan Point Driver to secure the mirror into the frame:
I love that thang.
I always like to pretty up the backs of my mirrors and chalkboards with patterned kraft paper.
I used Matte Mod Podge like a glue to adhere the paper:
I trimmed the excess with a razor blade. I found this paper on Amazon HERE. I added back the D-ring hanging hardware that was on it originally…
Here is how this simple $4 thrift store mirror looks now:
Pairing Vintage Duck Egg Blue with white is always a win in my book!
Let’s see this pretty frame up close…you can see how the white wax really enhances the details:
Do y’all remember this little box?
I cut it down from a stray drawer that I found at the thrift store for 99¢. There were two of them. You can see what else I did with them for Spring HERE!
This would have been pretty even without the transfer, but it adds a little something extra…
I hope you enjoyed this one…there are only so many ways to make over a simple mirror!
Don’t forget my friends have four more makeovers to share with you today!
Ya’ll!! I don’t mean to yell, but I only have ONE piece left!!!
Missed any? See them all here:
Gold Oval Plastic Mirror Makeover
$3 Thrift Store Tray Makeover with Decoupage Paper
Table Makeover with Transfer and Wax
$6 Thrift Store Mirror Makeover with Decoupage Paper
$5 Thrift Store Chair Makeover
$5 Child’s Coastal Chair Makeover
$8 Thrift Store Box Makeover & How to Apply Decoupage Tissue Paper
How to Properly Paint a Mirror
Painted Thrift Store Lamps & How to Cover a Lampshade
$20 Thrift Store Desk Makeover
$5 Thrift Store Chair Makeover & How to Use Silk All-in-One Mineral Paint
Unfinished Wood Cabinet Makeover
Painting the Smalls, Holiday Edition (Five of these pieces are in this post!)
Repurposed Headboard and Footboard
Vintage Secretary Desk Makeover
$3 Thrift Store Headboard Repurposed
Drop Leaf Table and Chairs Makeover
I’ll be back with this arched metal thingy on Thursday:
UPDATE: See the final makeover of this bunch HERE now!
Hope to see ya then!!
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Denise - Salvaged Inspirations says
Super gorgeous Christy! The lace transfer detail is the icing on the cake! And can’t wait to see what you do with that arch metal piece! XOXO
Thank you, Denise! I love the Lace transfer! XOXO
Mary Kaiser says
Wow, that is so beautiful! Best $5.00 spent ever! That color looks so amazing with the transfer, and that white wax just just puts it over the top! I would so buy this piece from you if I lived any where near Virginia!! Mirror, mirror on the wall I see the reflection of the greatest of them all!! You are the Queen of DIY, and this is so inspirational!
Thank you so much, my friend! I always appreciate your sweet words!! XOXO
Maryellen Webber says
This mirror is absolutely beautiful, love the duck egg color with the beautiful transfer! Have a great day Christy!
Thank you so much, Maryellen! I hope you had a great day also! XOXO
Denise Cox says
I love this and the wax does a great job of highlighting the details! And of course, my fav color…. 😁. I love those arch “thingies”, so I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with it!! This has been a GREAT haul, Christy👍👏.
Thank you, Denise! I love white wax for all those details! I’m a sucker for this color too! See ya Thursday!! XOXO
This is so beautiful. I think this may be my favourite makeover of yours yet!
Aww yay!! Thank you so much, Leanne! XOXO
Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces says
Beautiful layering and so much inproved. ❤
Thank you, my sweet friend! XOXO
Way to give this mirror new life Christy!! The paint, transfer and white wax brought this to life. Beautiful creation!!
Here’s hoping your week is wonderful!!
Thanks so much, Christina! It was fun to play with this one. Enjoy your week too!! XOXO
Janice Holt says
You picked a beautiful color for this mirror and the transfer almost looks like it is carved into the mirror. Lovely.
Thank you, Janice! It does! XOXO
Hi Christy, I love the paint color you mixed up for this mirror. The transfer and white wax really gave this mirror a beautiful update.
Thank you, Kaycee! XOXO
Cheryl Atkinson says
Hi Christy! Vintage Duck Egg is one of my favs. The lace transfer looks really good. You can never go wrong on a mirror. I forgot that you did that to the ba k. I need to start doing that as well. Just that little extra step goes a long way
Thank you, Cheryl! I had to tear the original paper off of the back, so I had to cover up the ugly lol! XOXO
Michele M. says
WOWWWWWW! That cannot possibly be the same mirror. No way.
It looks lusciously high-end – what a clever way to remake that steal.
Thank you so much, Michele! XOXO
Beautiful! It is so subtle which adds more to the mirror’s elegance!
Can’t wait to see what you do with the metal “thingy”! I am so attracted to pieces like that!
Thank you, Gai! See ya Thursday!! XOXO
Tara C says
Thank you, Tara! XOXO
Vicki Bray says
Absolutely stunning! Love the transfer and wax – great job!
Thanks so much, Vicki! XOXO
Christy! My favorite one so far! Absolutely ❤️
Oh yay! Thank you, Ashley!! XOXO
Cecilia from Georgia says
One last egg to fry!! yea for you! I love the lace transfer and will surely be ordering soon. All these projects for T2T are really good this time. Take care, my friend!
Yes woohoo!! This one has taken a while lol! The lace transfer is really elegant…I got your order sent out today! Thank you!! XOXO
Toby Peplow says
LOVE!! Vintage duck egg blue is one of my FAVS!!!
I really enjoy seeing what you do with the transfers too!
Have a great day Christy~ Hope the sun is shining for you today 🙂
Thank you so much, Toby! I love Duck Egg too, and I have really had fun playing with these new toys ha ha! Have a fantastic rest of the week!! XOXO
Rose Lefebvre says
I would use it to frame artwork! So lovely!
Ooh yes!! So glad you enjoyed this one! XOXO
Wow! Stunning! I love the extra effort you go to such as the paper on the back.
Thank you, Marie! XOXO
BeaUtiful! The transfer pretties an ordinary frame up SO much! Your patience in matching the design up… 😲😊 Wow!
I’m off to your “how to landscape from scratch” post. I’ve got a flowerbed that’s getting a makeover this week. 😊
Thank you, Becky! And yay…I’ll be doing some new landscaping this week too!! Enjoy! XOXO
Marietta Walker says
And now, those too shall sell out! I am not kidding. That is a breathtaking design.
You girls are making me crazy with your talents! Literally; my head is so full of ideas and my life is so full of life, my head can’t get enough time to empty!
All I know for sure is if I start a project and then hit a wall, I just read one blog pot of the hundreds you and your designing friends have entered and I am off and running again.
You are the wind beneath my creative wings
Aww you are the sweetest, Marietta, thank you! I love that you find creative inspiration through what we share! Happy creating!! XOXO
Sharon L Austin says
OMG I love this one so much! It’s my color and I want it!! Another fantastic idea.
Thank you so much, Sharon!! XOXO
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
That is probably the prettiest mirror makeover I’ve seen!! I love it with the transfer (and white wax). 🙂 xoxo
Aww thank you, my friend!! There are only so many ways to redo a mirror, but I had fun playing with this one!! XOXO
Jen @ Girl in the Garage says
Christy, this turned out sooo pretty! And I love anything painted in duck egg! xo
Thank you so much, my sweet friend!! I love Duck Egg too!! XOXO
You are so talented and obviously the lighter pieces must sell but would love to see you do more with the darker colors.
Thank you, Diane! I do sell the lighter pieces much more quickly, but also, they are what I personally enjoy so I so use the lighter colors more often. I do love a good black makeover too though, and you might enjoy these 10 black painted pieces: https://www.confessionsofaserialdiyer.com/10-black-painted-furniture-ideas/ XOXO