Hello amazing friends and welcome back! Today, I’m sharing how to update a Mirror using decorative sheet metal!
I get asked all the time about this old window that I gave a similar treatment to many years ago:
It started out like this:
I found it at an estate sale for $2. It’s hard to see, but the shells are attached to chicken wire that was coming off of that one corner.
I thought I would look for some decorative sheet metal on Amazon and try something similar with this set of mirrors I picked up for $12 at the thrift store:
I did locate some and had planned to share this along with the Magnolia Mirror last week, but the piece I received had a bend in it, so I ordered another piece. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
This is a good size at 24″ X 36″ and you can find it HERE:
It was pretty reasonably priced also.
For this project, I started by removing the mirrors from both frames. Then I gave them a couple of coats of Cotton by Dixie Belle.
Adding the Decorative sheet metal
To add the decorative sheet metal to the frames, I first needed to cut the metal to fit.
I flipped the frames over and then laid the metal sheet over the frame so I could mark where to cut with a sharpie:
Then I used tin snips to cut the sheet metal.
Be careful as the cut edges will be sharp! You may want to wear protective gloves when handling the cut metal.
Once I had the metal cut to fit, I used my cheap staple gun to secure where I could…
And then I had to use my Logan Point driver to secure the long side where I used the edge of the sheet metal without any holes:
You could also use small nails ir trim this edge, so you can use your staple gun to secure that as well.
Finishing off with a distressed look
Once I had the sheet metal installed, I decided I wanted a distressed look for the frame. However, the original blonde wood is not what I wanted to show through, so I decided to use my cheat method of distressing using a distressing block and the color Coffee Bean by Dixie Belle:
At the last minute, I decided to record a video how-to for y’all this time, brace face, second day bedhead hair and all lol!
If you have any trouble viewing, you can see it on YouTube HERE.
I wish it would have been a little closer up in the video, but hopefully you got the idea.
I haven’t sealed these pieces with anything as the flat finish is fine as is, and I’m probably going to keep them.
I just love how the pretty metal gave these two mirrors a completely different look!
What do you think? Do you miss the mirrors?
Here’s a close up of the faux distressed finish…
This would be a great way to update any pretty frame or old window. It makes a great wreath backdrop!
See how simple this greenery wreath was to make for just $7 HERE!
And that’s it!
Another project done!! Can you believe I’m so close to being done with this huge haul??
I’ve only got the yellow trunk and two frames left woohoo!
Visit any of these makeovers at the links below:
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Here’s another post you might like… a fantastic way to repurpose an old window:
See what I did with it HERE!
It’s that time of year again, and I’ll be spending the next few days with my spooky friends!
(This is what awaits you if you ever have to run up into the attic the rest of the year ha ha…four bins of them!)
I’ll be back on Thursday with this china cabinet from my archives:
Enjoy your week!!
Update: See the transformation of this pretty cabinet HERE now! You won’t believe what I paid for it!
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