$5 Mini-Chest with Mirror Makeover

Mini Chest with Mirror makeover

Hey friends! Today I have a quick before and after for you and then you can go about your day as planned!

I needed a simple project after reupholstering two French Provincial Chairs nearly did me in!

I found this little antique chest for $5 at a yard sale right in my own neighborhood this Summer:


Those mirror supports are barely sitting in there. It just about fell apart when I picked it up, but a little wood glue and we’re good to go. Here is the after:

Antique Mini-Chest withMirror Makeover

I picked up this beautiful blue called Sonata by Behr in a sample size to try it out, and I thought this was a perfect test piece for it. I made my DIY chalky paint with it of course. I used Annie Sloan clear wax to seal it.

(I made my bed just for you…you’re special like that. )

Antique Mini-Chest withMirror Makeover

Perfect for storing a few jewels…

Antique Mini Chest with Mirror Makeover

…or for tossing your make-up in.

The drawers are lined with this pretty contact paper I’ve used on several pieces. This role is running dry very quickly.

Antique Mini-Chest withMirror Makeover

There was a ring in the top that didn’t quite go away with the new paint job, but those details are what give these older pieces a story.


I replaced the original pulls with these dainty glass ones from Hobby Lobby.

Glass knobs from Hobby Lobby

I always love how lightly sanding brings out all the details. (And covers up additional bumps and bruises that happen along the way.)

Antique Mini-Chest withMirror Makeover     Antique Mini-Chest withMirror Makeover

Who says blue can’t be pretty?

Antique Mini-Chest withMirror Makeover

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  1. Robin Stephens says

    What a sweet little piece! Good job!!

  2. Sue Farmer says

    I know, you are going to give away the chairs!! LOL Have a great day!!

  3. What a lovely piece! You may be interested to know that this is called a shaving mirror. Gentlemen would store their razors and other incidentals in the drawer and use the mirror for shaving. Great find and beautiful redo!

  4. Christy, you do such nice work. I am so pumped about getting some projects done this winter thanks to your inspiration! The weather just has to get nasty enough to send my gardening self indoors. Right now…I’m using leaves as mulch on some new beds for the spring. Can’t wait to try your homemade chalk paint. Come on winter!

    • Thanks so much, Julie! I know what you mean about the weather…it’s raining here today so I’ve found a sewing project. I don’t usually tackle sewing projects until I can’t get outside! 🙂

  5. The paint really gave this piece new life. Great job!

  6. You did a great job on you old shaving mirror, Christy and if that ring ends up really annoying you you could always decoupage an old love letter, card or postcard in it’s place for an easy coverup….romantic and nostalgic!

    • Thanks, JP… that is an amazing idea! I put this little piece in my shop, but if it doesn’t sell as is, I’ll definitely do that. 🙂

    • I love this idea. You could put an old love letter on the back of the mirror or the pretty contact paper to glam it up from every angle. I also Love the new draw pulls.

  7. Love it Christy – the color is gorgeous! I got my calcium carbonate so all I have to do is make a trip to Home Depot to get me some Behr 🙂 Mr. Frugalista a.k.a. my furniture buyer came home with one of these last night, minus the mirror 🙁 Where did you buy that pretty contact paper? All I can ever find is the ugly stuff.

    • Awesome! I can’t wait to see what you paint with it! I just bought a fresh gallon of cottage white yesterday. You can find empty quart cans at HD too for around $3. I found that contact paper at TJ Maxx on the clearance a year or two ago and haven’t seen any since. 🙁 I always keep my eyes peeled though! Hope you are having a great week so far! 🙂

  8. Isn’t it amazing what some paint and alittle time can do to change a piece and give it a different and new life. Great job.

  9. Very cute! And I love your tiny little glass knobs. 😉


  10. I would have grabbed this piece for $5 too! I have the perfect place for it in my bedroom! LOL. Loved the way it turned out.

    • Thanks, MaryJean! The lady who was selling it had a hard time parting with it, but she said she knew she would never get around to fixing it. So glad she gave me an end-of-the-day deal on it. 🙂

  11. Wow, what a difference a little paint can make. I love a good bargain especially when the “after” turns out as nice as this.

  12. Wow! What a great job Christy. That is a fantastic transformation.


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