Hello lovelies!! I’m back with my first makeover of the week! If you’re new around here, welcome! I share thrifty makeovers every Tuesday and Thursday! Today I’m sharing how to update a mirror with a transfer.
I started with this mirror I picked up at the thrift store for $4.75:
There are a few mirrors in this haul, so I figured I better get started on them!
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Remove the mirror
I like to remove the mirrors from their frames when redoing a mirror so that I can paint it more easily. I also like to be able to paint the back portion of the frame that will be reflected in the mirror.
However, this mirror had a different plan.
After removing the paper backing, it was the cheapest built mirror I have ever come across and the mirror was glued in place:
I was afraid I’d break the mirror trying to remove it, so I ended up taping off the mirror instead.
The frame was super slick and I thought it could be some sort of thin metal, so I gave it a coat of Slick Stick adhesion primer first:
I let that dry overnight and then painted it in Silk Bay Breeze, a lovely soft blue color. You need to wait a couple of hours in between coats when using Silk since it dries from the top down. I switched to another project I was working on for Thursday and then went back and added another quick coat later that night.
I removed the tape as soon as I applied the second coat while it was still wet:
See the difference between Chalk Paint and Silk Mineral Paint HERE.
Update a Mirror with a Transfer
Since I have 120+ transfers in my Etsy shop, I want to play with them always lol.
However, I went for a design that I’ve used before that I absolutely love, the French Ceramics Transfer:
I knew it would be gorgeous over this pretty Bay Breeze blue!
To apply a transfer, you simply remove the backing, position it onto your surface, and transfer the design by burnishing it to the surface with the included stick or a burnishing tool.
Once your image is transferred, remove the clear top sheet. If some of the design is still adhering to the top clear sheet, simply lay it back down and burnish some more.
On a piece like this with all the ridges, you may want to cut it apart into smaller, more manageable pieces as that makes it easier to apply. It is super simple to match up the design for a seamless look.
I removed the excess and buffed in the rest with a clean soft cloth…
Silk paint has a built in topcoat so there is no need to seal it, but I wanted to add some protection to the transfer.
Here is how this el cheapo mirror looks now!
Not so cheap now, huh?
I love this transfer over this blue!
Here you can see that I wrapped it right over all of the frame…
I also took it over the sides as well:
Such a pretty addition to a plain white dresser…
And here is how I covered up the back to make it pretty again. I applied Mod Podge like a glue all the way around the outer edge with a cheap brush…
Then I just laid my pretty kraft paper over the top and trimmed off the excess with a razor knife. I even took a picture of the back for ya!
I added two sawtooth hangers to the either side at the top for hanging:
It previously had one sketchy one in the center.
And that is my first mirror of this haul done!
This is such a fun way to update a mirror, and with over 120 transfers in my Etsy shop, there are so many options to choose from!
One more project crossed off the list!
See anything you might have missed at the links below:
Here are 15 more mirror makeovers you might enjoy:
See how they all turned out in THIS POST.
I’m working on this treasure for Furniture Fixer Upper day on Thursday:
Looks like a beauty, right? Looks can be deceiving!
UPDATE! See how this serpentine beauty turned out HERE now!
I hope to see ya then!
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