$6 Mirror Makeover

I’m about as bad about mirrors as I am about picnic baskets! I really have a hard time passing them up when I see a good deal since they can work in just about any space and are usually good sellers for me. I’ve shared a couple in the past few months and sweet friends, today I have another!

This beauty was only $6.25:

However, it wasn’t without its flaws. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.

You might be able to see in the photo above that some of the leaf detail was missing on the left side, as well as some parts on the right side as well:

So I did what any sane person would do and took a hammer and chisel to it:

I’ll admit it kinda broke my heart to get rid of that ornate detail in the center. I was hoping to be able to remove it and reuse it later on something else but unfortunately, it broke away in pieces so I wasn’t able to save it.

I had to fill in a few areas with wood filler where I gouged the wood, and then I sanded it smooth with my rotary sander:

And then…


Mirror makeover using Prima Marketing Redesign transfers.

I created a mirror to match the desk I shared on Thursday, and now it’s a lovely dressing table!

Actually, according to a sweet reader, it was once a dressing table that had a three-part mirror attached. The reason it sat so low is because it had a small bench seat with it. I love it when you guys can fill in the gaps for me! (Thank you, Ivana!)

Isn’t this mirror a lovely addition?

Mirror makeover using Prima Marketing Redesign transfers.

I was actually hoping to get it completed before sharing the table on Thursday, but I didn’t quite get it finished in time.

This is the French Ceramics transfer by Prima Marketing, and it went on just as easily on this piece as it did on the drawers. See how easy it was to do in the original desk post HERE.

I started by using the Dixie Belle Boss in white to block bleed-through since it worked so nicely on the desk, and I knew that cherry wood would bleed for sure:

I let it dry overnight, but unfortunately, I still had a couple minor of areas bleed. I decided to follow up with a quick spray of Rustoleum’s clear matte spray on those few areas and then waited about an hour and that did the trick. I used my go-to DIY chalk paint made with Bit of Sugar by Behr.

I flipped the frame over and primed with the Boss, then painted the groove where the mirror sits also so it would reflect white when I put the mirror back in.

Mirror makeover using Prima Marketing Redesign transfers.


Mirror makeover using Prima Marketing Redesign transfers.

I only used one and a half sheets of the transfer on the drawers, so I was able to use the third piece to complete the mirror.

Mirror makeover using Prima Marketing Redesign transfers.

Just like on the drawers, I sealed it with a coat of Dixie Belle’s Satin clear coat. I also sealed the rest of the mirror the same way.

I only used one and a half sheets of the transfer on the drawers, so I was able to use the third piece to complete the mirror.

This set just might be my favorite makeover!

It was a tough one to drop off at my booth! If you’re local, it’s for sale! 😀

Virginia Beach Antique Mall

$6 Thrift store mirror updated with Prima Redesign French Ceramics Transfer

I figured ya’ll wouldn’t mind seeing another project using these beautiful transfers! 🙂

That’s one more project down, just a few to go:

Here are all the makeovers in this haul so far if you’ve missed any:

Estate Sale Shelving Unit Makeover

$4 Thrift Store Tray Makeover

$6 Thrift Store End Table Makeover

Thrift Store Baskets go Coastal

Candle Holders Repurposed

$24 Estate Sale Cabinet Makeover

Thrift Store Boxes Reloved

$19 Estate Sale Desk Makeover

I’ll be back on Thursday sharing what I did with this picture:

See ya then!

UPDATE: See how I reimagined this one HERE now! 



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    Wow those two pieces together are so beautiful. Its like a marriage made in heaven. You make every thing so beautiful again, maybe I should come to your place and see what you can do with this old face of mine, maybe you can make me young and beautiful again!, LOL!

    • Thank you so much, Mary! I was so excited that one of the mirrors in this haul fit it so well! Ha ha…you are already young and beautiful to me! XOXO

  2. Hi Christy,
    Love the transfer, the blues are so pretty!

  3. Do you take request for a specific type of finish or paint effect, sea salt giving an old world distressed look? See “Salvaged Inspirations” on Pinterest post of her French Provincial dresser and technique. I will travel to purchase and pick up.

  4. Debbie Sellers says

    So beautiful! What a great idea for the mirror!

  5. Char Fisher says

    You never cease to amaze me with your creations….and this mirror to match the dresser….is outstanding!!! What a wonderful idea and so creative!

  6. Denise V Cox says

    I LOVE this transformation!!! I just discovered your blog with your lovely matching dressing table. Goodness this set is lovely!!! I wish I lived near you, wherever that may be.. ????.

  7. Janice Holt says

    Now are these not just the cutest and sweetest pieces. They look like they were an original set. Another great job.

  8. Christina in SW FL says

    Sweet job on the mirror Christy! So incredibly soft and feminine! I hope it sells quickly!
    Have a great week!

  9. Connie Bebout says

    This, DearGirl ,is my favorite,makeover…..EVER!!! I rarely comment,on anything…..but ,you just put the frosting on the cake !!!!!

  10. Love that Prima transfer!

  11. Joni Gonzales says

    So pretty!!

  12. Absolutely beautiful! When I first saw the mirror (the “before”) I felt sad because I thought it was so beautiful the way it was. But you did a spectacular job and I think it is wonderfuly reimagined and so much more current in feel!
    Two thoughts: If it hadn’t been made to go with your desk and make a vanity unit, I think it would have been nice to do some blue paint to highlight the raised edges around the mirror. But since your desk is just white with the transfer, the mirror goes with it perfectly.
    And secondly I think you could have used wrapping papers, or even left over wallpapers to do what you did with the transfer.I have a small stash of leftover papers that I have used in many ways ( my favorite is lining boxes or small shelf units) and there are So many patterns that give so many different looks that could have been used on this mirror. Just trying to give your readers different options 🙂
    Again, what a wonderful transformation! I really enjoy seeing your “Haul” of items to redo, then seeing as you get them done!

    • Thank you, Shelley! I’m so glad you like the outcome and seeing me work through each haul. It keeps me on track for sure! Thanks for the suggestions too! XOXO

  13. Cecilia from Georgia says

    I just flipped when I saw what you did with the mirror!! I wasn’t expecting this at all!! LOVE IT!! I was curious why you chose this mirror instead of the yellow one? It is perfect but just wondering if there was a particular thought floating around in your head. You are the bomb, girl!! XOXO

    • Ha ha I’m so thrilled you like it, Cecilia, thank you! I chose this one because the yellow one was a bit too tall and narrow. 🙂 XOXO

  14. Pretty! That should ‘fly off the shelves’, haha! Wow, you’re almost through with the next pile! I love seeing you work your way through!

    • Thank you, Becky!! I hope so…and yes I can’t believe I’m nearing the end of this pile already! XOXO

  15. Ha… great minds! I have a mirror makeover today too. 😉 Love this. When I first started scrolling and say you removed the applique I thought…whaaaat… but the transfer looks amazing. What a beautiful match to your last piece. XO

    • I absolutely love what you did with yours!! Yeah I’m so glad this worked out because I really hated removing all that pretty detail! Thanks, friend! XOXO

  16. Shirley Fee says


    I wanted to let you know that the makeover of the desk and mirror are stunning. You did a fantastic job of making it modern but still with the old feel.

    Thanks for the idea,

  17. Marcie Lovett says

    No, no, not the medallion! I figured you’d whack off the other pieces, but not that center piece. But then you wouldn’t have been able to use that fabulous transfer to accentuate those curves. So it all worked out and yes, this one did surprise me!

    • I know…SO sad to see the medallion go! I did it thinking it would come off in one piece and I would be able to add to something else down the road, but it busted into pieces boohoo! Ah well it wasn’t to be. Thanks, Marcie! XOXO

  18. Ivana Carmon says

    Love it!!
    Thanks for the acknowledgment, I’m so tempted to do mine this way. So fresh and shabby chic????

    • Thank you, Ivana and you’re welcome! I’m so glad I was able to learn more about this piece thanks to you! I bet the original set done this way would be gorgeous! XOXO

  19. So creative! Just perfect! Love it. ❤️ xo

  20. Love how you added this to your previous project. Stunning results!

  21. What a pretty mirror! I have the same issue as you, can’t leave an orphaned mirror at a thrift store.

  22. Laurie Elwell says

    I love this desk, chair & mirror makeover! You are fantastic!

  23. Wow. I absolutely love the mirror makeover! Well done!

  24. Julie Briones says

    Can’t wait to hear when this set sells! I’m sure it will be soon! So pretty, Christy!

  25. Wow, absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings, Candy

  26. Brenda Johnson says

    Christy, this all turned out so adorable, but then everything you do is adorable!


    Just beautiful there’s nothing else to say.

  28. Peggy Egan says

    Ooooo, so pretty! Why does blue and white make my heart go pitter patter??!! Glad I live on the other side of the country or I’d be trying to figure out what to get rid of to make room for this beauty.

    • I too love this color combination! Ha ha…glad I’m not forcing you to evict any of your current furniture! Thanks, Peggy! XO

  29. Debbie Roberts says

    Love how those transfers really make a piece unique! Gonna have to try those soon. Great combination!!

    • Thank you, Debbie! I don’t know why I waited so long to try them. They are super easy to apply, and the results are so pretty! XOXO

  30. OH how I love it,beautiful.

  31. Carole Larsen says

    Wonderful transformation on both, They look like they were born that way.

    Your creativeness is unbelievable.

  32. Sandi Wagner says

    You never cease to amaze me! Absolutely beautiful! And guess who bought the calcium carbonate powder…and a quart of the paint…”Bit of Sugar”…???? My husband tightened the table up for me….so, hoping to start my 1st project tomorrow (please no more rain!)…and follow your steps to a “t”!!! Pray for me!!!

  33. Hi Christy,

    When you put the mirrors back in their frames, do you use window putty, or silicone or regular paintable caulking? I have a mirror I’d like to repaint, and it is held in with metal points and very old brittle putty. I was told the only window putty should be used when re-seating the mirror, but was wondering what you use.

    • Hi Cindy! I use a point driver that shoots those little metal points in to secure the mirror. They aren’t cheap though, so if you only need it for one mirror, I would go with the putty. XO

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