Today, I’m sharing how to properly paint a mirror!
I know many of you can relate to today’s makeover. You hang onto something because you know you can do something with it, but you have absolutely zero desire to actually do so. Am I right?
Amazing friends, this mirror is one of those pieces for me:
It came with this dresser that Jack and I teamed up on several years ago:
The dresser was only $30 and the mirror seemed oversized for the dresser, so we left it off. I was tempted to donate it on more than one occasion, but it has a nice beveled edge, so I just couldn’t part with it. But then it sat. And sat.
And yes, looking at that photo above, you can see that this was taken at our old house, so we actually dragged the mirror to our new house back in 2017! (We redid this dresser when Jack was in middle school…he’s in college now!!)
Well, today is the big day!
I’m going to share a pretty mirror makeover AND how to properly paint a mirror!
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Remove the mirror
To start this (and all mirror makeovers), I removed the mirror. I know it seems like too much work sometimes, but to do it right, you know?
To do that, I removed the paper backing and then pulled the narrow staples that were holding it in place:
Sometimes there will be nails or metal points instead of staples, and if it is an older mirror, it may be held in place with small pieces of wood that are nailed in place. All can be removed. Once I got these staples removed, I removed the mirror and put it in a safe place.
Proper prep for shiny surfaces
One of the things that was holding me back on this mirror was that it had what looked like a heavily laquered finish on it. I knew I would need to prep it differently.
For a shiny finish like this, I would usually sand it to give the paint something to grip onto. Now chalk paint will adhere to just about any surface, but for laminate, metal, glass, and heavily laquered pieces, a little extra prep doesn’t hurt, and I didn’t want to sand this surface because I didn’t want to disturb the existing paint finish. Besides, I planned to use the new Silk Mineral Paint on this piece.
A light sanding is recommended prior to using Silk, however, there is an alternative: Slick Stick:
I allowed it to dry for two hours, and then followed up with one more coat. Then, I let it sit overnight.
Painting with Silk Mineral Paint
The next morning, my mirror frame was ready for paint! I chose the Silk color, Oyster for this project:
I LOVE this color! It has been a good seller, so I was really excited to try it on something. I know…it is just another neutral, but whites and neutrals are my jam. I just can’t help it! ( Do you spy my boss supervising in that photo? :D)
I waited two hours and then followed up with a second coat.
Read more about Dixie Belle’s new Silk All-in-One Mineral paint as well as the differences between Silk paint and chalk paint HERE!
Be sure to flip your mirror frame over and paint the groove where the mirror will sit, so that you see the same color paint in the reflection:
I could have called it done at this point since the Silk Mineral Paint has a built-in sealer, but I decided to take it a step further.
Adding a transfer
I had this pretty transfer in my stash and thought it would really dress up this otherwise plain mirror:
It is a bit of work to apply a transfer over trim work like I have here, but I was able to cut it in a few strategic areas and that helped. Once you cut the transfer apart, you can easily match it up seamlessly with the rest of the pattern. This transfer is called Blossom Flight by Resdesign by Prima. If you do a search on Etsy, you will find several retailers that sell them.
I continued to add bits and pieces of this transfer until I got a look I liked.
Putting the mirror back together
Before I reassembled the mirror, I used a razor blade to scrape away the paint that had gotten on the surface of the mirror from the last person who had painted it:
Then, to reassemble the mirror, I placed the mirror in the frame and added the cardboard that was on the back protecting it previously. I used my Logan Point Driver to secure the mirror back in place:
To make the back pretty, I first applied Mod Podge like a glue using a cheap chip brush, to the frame:
Then I covered the back of the framed mirror with this pretty patterned kraft paper:
I used a utility knife to cut the excess paper.
The big reveal
I couldn’t be happier with how this mirror, that I almost gave up on several times, came out:
In the in-progress photos, Oyster just looked like another shade of white. Pairing it with this bright white dresser, you can see what a lovely contrast it is to the bright white.
And the transfers really add so much to this simple mirror…
I wrapped the transfer all the way to the edge, both on the inside as you can see it reflected in the mirror…
And on the outside:
Here is the back…
I added the original D-ring hardware for hanging:
And that is how you properly paint a mirror! It is a little more work, but well worth it!
Can you believe I almost donated this back to the thrift store? I’m so glad I didn’t!
I hope ya’ll enjoyed seeing this mirror come to life as much as I did!
I am REALLY excited to finally call this one DONE!
Here are links to all the makeovers in this haul so far!
Painting the Smalls, Holiday Edition (Five of these pieces are in this post!)
I’ll be back on Thursday with this sweet box I picked up:
UPDATE! No need to wait, see how this box went from mass-produced to one-of-a-kind here now!
Before I go, I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to all who go back and leave me a review for my Etsy Shop! I appreciate it SO much! You can also upload photos of your finished projects when you leave a review, and I love seeing what ya’ll create!
Have an amazing day!
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