Beautiful friends, have I got a fun makeover for y’all today! It’s Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday, and I have the perfect project piece! I’m going to share how to repurpose an old swivel mirror!
What swivel mirror?
The one that came with this dresser! It just felt to too top heavy for the dresser in my opinion:
So, I decided to redo the dresser without the mirror.
You can see what I did with the dresser HERE.
That left me with just the mirror:
After staring at it for a day or so, I hatched a plan to repurpose it. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I first removed the mirror and then used my miter saw to cut off the top and bottom parts:
Then, I stole some wood that my husband had just purchased for another project, to make a shelf for each:
I was later informed that this was prime lumber he spent a fortune on that was intended to be stained. Oopsie and thank you, Hubby, for donating to my cause!
I did stain these pieces though using Tobacco Road Voodoo Gel Stain:
I did that so when I painted and then sanded, the wood would show through. I’ve been using the cheat method of distressing more lately, but I thought I’d go this route this time. Not much showed through though in the end as I didn’t sand the shelf part very heavily at all.
The mirror pieces that I cut off got a good cleaning with White Lightning:
I swapped out my water for clean water and gave them another wipe down to rinse, and I was ready for paint!
I started with a coat of White BOSS on each since I got bleed through when I was working on the shelf with the beautiful details. I let them sit overnight to allow plenty of dry time.
I love Driftwood, but I love it even more lightened up!
Attaching the shelf
I decided it would be easier to paint all the parts separately, but then I realized I would have holes to fill after attaching the shelf. It still worked out fine though.
To attach the shelf to the base:
- I drilled a shallow hole just a hair bigger than the head on my screw.
- Then I drilled a pilot hole with a drill bit just a hair smaller than the screw itself to make it easier to drive the screw in.
- I added a small amount of wood glue to the edge of the shelf where it would meet the base, and then I screwed the screw in place to attach the shelf to the base.
- The last step was filling the holes with Mud. I used white Mud this time and allowed it to sit overnight. When it was completely dry, I sanded the area smooth with 220 grit sandpaper and touched up the area with paint.
I went through my stash in search of some simple hooks to add to the center and I came up empty. I usually buy hooks from Hobby Lobby when they are half off every other week. Last week, however, they were not on sale, so I decided to head to another favorite resource when I need hooks in a pinch: HomeGoods!
They always have an assortment of these hanger thingys with lots of hook options!
I sometimes get lucky finding one on clearance when a hook has busted off, but no such luck this time. I bought the one you see in the center with the seven hooks for $24.99.
I look for hooks that can be attached with screws from the front like these:
Each hook ended up costing around $3.50 which is reasonable, and I only needed three for this project, so I have four more for another project down the road. I can also reuse the wood they are attached to as well!
Attaching the hooks to a scrap board makes them easier to paint. I painted them in two coats of Cotton:
When they were dry, I just used my nail to remove some of the paint here and there to give them a distressed look and then attached them to the shelf.
I kept it pretty simple and neutral so it could match just about any space!
You would never know it started out as part of an old swivel mirror!
These hooks ended up being perfect…
Ready for shelf #2?
This one definitely needed a coat of white BOSS:
And just look at the condition of my poor BOSS! Ya’ll, I am a messy creative! That can make it especially difficult to get the lids off when I’m ready to use my products again, but I have a hot tip for ya!
Use a piece of sandpaper as jar opener…the grip on the sandpaper works amazingly well at loosening stuck jar lids with ease!
I haven’t tried it on a jar of pickles yet, but I bet it works!
I attached the shelf the same way as I attached shelf #1, and then I was ready to sand.
I used 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding block to highlight all those gorgeous carved details!
I sealed this one with Best Dang Wax in Clear also. You could definitely use Clear Coat as well…you would just have to be sure the liquid didn’t pool in any of those curvy parts. I already had my wax out for the project I’m working on for Thursday.
And here is how shelf #2 turned out:
I’ve already been looking for a place to hang this one!
These gorgeous details get me every time.
Can you see that the details are cracked in several areas and a piece is even missing altogether? I love that they tell the story of this piece!
And that is how you can repurpose an old swivel mirror! Well, I didn’t actually do anything with the mirror part yet, but I will! 🙂
Don’t go anywhere just yet though! My friends have four more fantastic Trash-to-Treasure makeovers for you today!
I’ll be back next time sharing how I repurposed these frames plus two more!
Update! You won’t want to miss what I’ve done with these! See them HERE now!
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