Hello sweet friends! I’m here today with a quick and easy thrift store mirror makeover! Don’t you just love simple projects?
Thrift Store Mirror Makeover
I picked up this small, boring mirror for $5 at the thrift store:
I’m sure many of you have spied something very similar while thrifting or yard saling.
Since transfers and decoupage papers have come into my life, I look a little more closely at pieces like this! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Prepping with Slick Stick
This mirror was actually some sort of metal, so after a quick cleaning, I started prepping it for paint by adding Slick Stick first:
I waited two hours and then gave it one more coat. Slick Stick allows paint to bond with non-porous surfaces like, metal, glass, and laminate.
Painting with Dixie Belle’s Silk Mineral Paint
After allowing the Slick Stick to dry overnight, I gave the mirror frame a coat of Silk in Oyster:
Silk normally requires that you sand your piece first to give it something to grab onto, but you can apply a coat of Slick Stick in place of sanding if you’d rather go that route.
See the differnces between Silk Mineral Paint and Chalk Mineral Paint HERE.
Luckily, I needed Slick Stick for the metal surface anyway, so it worked out brilliantly!
I probably could have gotten away with one coat, but the details needed another coat, so I gave it two total, allowing a couple of hours dry time in between.
Silk does not require a topcoat, so I could have stopped there and been done!
Adding the Magnolia transfer
I wasn’t quite finished though and knew that the wide frame was perfect for adding a little embellishment!
As you can see, I cut away the part of the transfer that would extend down over the detailed portion of the frame.
Then, I unfolded the backing a little at a time as I burnished the transfer to the surface. That was so I could make sure the transfer laid properly as I came around that corner. There are several pieces in this transfer that you can layer to create the look you want.
Sealing the Transfer
Transfers leave a slight white halo around the outer edges, but sealing them greatly diminishes that.
Then I just used a clean soft cloth to remove the excess wax and buff it in:
I always try to remove the mirror when possible because I like to be able to paint the backside where it will be reflected in the mirror.
Then to seal it all back up again, I just reassembled the mirror and used my Logan Point Driver to secure everything in place:
It shoots out “points” kind of similar to how a staple gun shoots out staples.
I used a razor blade to trim the edges.
And just in case you think I don’t make dumb mistakes, yes I DO! I do really dumb things that always seem to happen in the home stretch…like here where I attached the hanging hardware to the wrong edge:
So how did my $5 ho-hum thrift store mirror turn out?
Oh wait, let me get rid of those words for ya…
I just love this soft Oyster color!
Here you can see where I trimmed the transfer to keep it off the detailed area. That made it easier to apply…
I hope y’all enjoyed this quickie makeover today!
If you liked this one, you’ll really enjoy this one! I almost donated it back to the thrift store!!
See what I did with it HERE!
I’ll be back with another quick makeover, this galvanized thrift store tote:
UPDATE: See how pretty this tote turned out HERE now!
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