$6 Thrift Store Mirror Makeover

Beautiful friends, I have another cheapie thrift store makeover for ya’ll today!

This mirror has been in my stash for probably two years now:

It was only $6 so I really couldn’t pass it up.

It originally had hinges on either side that probably attached to two smaller mirrors on either side, and sat on a dresser. I removed the hinges and filled the holes several months ago and this is how it has sat in my storage room ever since.

I decided to pull it out and just start painting…

Adding hooks to the frame of a mirror like this gives it another purpose!

Yes, I painted it white, but what is great about mirrors like this is you can attach hooks on either side and create a hall tree of sorts with them:

Adding hooks to the frame of a mirror like this gives it another purpose!

I found these hooks in a box of three at TJ Maxx for $7.99, already painted white:

This mirror would be perfect atop a table in an entryway to collect keys, leashes, hats, etc.

This would also be great for a dressing table.

It’s pretty cute on the wall here in my office with my sofa table I stole from the living room!

Adding hooks to the frame of a mirror like this gives it another purpose!

Read more about my office feature wall HERE.

Adding hooks to the frame of a mirror like this gives it another purpose!

When painting a mirror frame, I always remove the mirror when possible. (And that’s our garage packed with all our outdoor furniture in prep for the hurricane!)

It is so much easier, and I can paint the back of the frame as well so the mirror won’t reflect the ugly brown.

I did have an issue with bleed-through in a few areas this time:

A quick spray of Rustoleum’s Clear Matte spray (affiliate) sealed those tannins in perfectly, and I was able to continue painting without issue.

I used Behr’s Bit of Sugar made into DIY Chalk Paint (recipe HERE) for this one. It took three coats. A quick sanding followed by a coat of Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax and it was complete.


Adding hooks to the frame of a mirror like this gives it another purpose!

I hope you enjoyed this simple update! If you liked this makeover, you’ll enjoy this one too!

Antique Mirror Before

See how I repurposed this mirror HERE!

I’ll see ya’ll back here on Tuesday with this very hotel-esque headboard:

UPDATE: See how I repurposed this headboard HERE now! 

Have an awesome weekend! 😀



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  1. I knew you’d paint it white 🙂 VERY nice! And it’s quite large too! Looking forward to the bedhead post 😀

  2. That turned out fantastic. It is amazing what some white paint will do to make a dated pieces so fun and fresh looking. I love it.

  3. Beautiful! I feel a need for a mirror now! : )

  4. Looks lovely! Always look forward to your posts. 🙂

  5. Sherry Stuifbergen says

    Can’t wait for you to do another “Thrift Store” tour! You do good work.

  6. sharon austin says

    When I think of all the mirror’s I’ve passed up!…………

  7. Robyn Wright says

    Why does white make everything look so much prettier?

    Also, I need to paint the 2 gold/mirror jewelry trays I have. Did you keep the mirror on the bottom or did you paint over it too?

    • I know…I would paint all the things white if I could! That little tray came from Hobby Lobby and the bottom was already painted, no mirror. I did dry brush it a bit to whiten it up though. XOXO

  8. It seems that you survived “Florence” I’m glad to see! I have family in the Carolinas and we heard they were safe and sound also.
    I love what you did with the mirror! And those hooks were the perfect touch! I have tried my hand at making a drawer for my TV cabinet turned kitchen island and I’m happy to say it turned out great! I have it posted today if you’re interested in seeing the results. XOXO my friend!

    • Thanks, MaryJean! We were very fortunate here as the storm moved further south of us. We have family in both NC and SC and all are are as well. These storms can be so scary! I’ll have to stop by and take a peek at your new island! XOXO

  9. I love that style of mirror! It does look great atop your sofa table too; I can just see that in an entryway! Beautiful! Hope you weathered the hurricane without any issues.

    • Thanks, Cecilia! I’m kind of glad I don’t have a place for it because I kind of love it with my sofa table too lol! And the storm veered south so we were very lucky thank goodness! XOXO

  10. It’s beautiful, I love it! You always surprise me with what you do to a piece. I especially love the idea of the hooks on both sides of the mirror. It really dresses it up and gives it character and function. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.

  11. Debra A Wise says

    Dang, I threw one like this away when we moved last year. Wished I’d had the vision you did with it.

  12. Very pretty!

  13. Cecilia from Georgia says

    I love the transformation! I am sorry you had bleed-through but it is nice to see how you fixed it. I have followed your suggestions from past posts and everything you share works great. It’s nice to see options. I hate bleed-through more than any other problems. Thanks for a cute and easy idea.

    • Thank you, Cecilia! I haven’t tried using the clear matte spray on an entire piece in place of the shellac, but I bet it would work too because it does great on the small areas I use it on. And you don’t have to wait an hour before painting like you do with the shellac! I’ll have to test that for you guys! XOXO

  14. Such a lovely yet simple transformation.

  15. Your mirror is so pretty now! I have one I’m wanting to paint, but I have to decide on the right color. You just keep inspiring me!

  16. Wow…what a pretty make over and it looks so amazing on that rock wall…..which by the way I totally love that wall.

    • Thank you, Pam! That wall makes a great photo backdrop, something I didn’t even consider when installing it. Such a bonus! XOXO

  17. $6 smack-a-roos, you can’t go wrong and it looks amazing! Love your styling as always. Pinned. 🙂

  18. Looks beautiful, and I love the hooks! Makes it even more practical! 😉

  19. Bonnie Hipps says

    Beautiful job on this mirror. I always dreamed of having a entryway but, alas have never had one. I have a board on my Pinterest dedicated just to you lol so this will be added. Hugs!

    • Thank you, Bonnie! We don’t have much of an entry here either…would be nice! And yay! I love that you have found things to pin that inspire you!! XOXO

  20. Carol Woodward says

    I love this idea. I have a mirror that needs a makeover. I will be following you. ????❤

    • Thank you, Carol! I’m thrilled to have you following along with me! XO

    • I have this mirror, solid maple, very heavy bought with my son’s Roxton bedroom furniture for his first Big Boy Room in 1977. It’s in perfect condition as are the rest of the pieces that are being passed down to our first Great grandson for his Big Boy Room. I’m keeping the mirror and may try this repurposing.

  21. Hey there!! I love all your creativity. Such fun projects. I am curious of how you attached the mirror to your table? I have for sure pinned several of your project. Thanks for all the inspiration.

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