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Before you consider buying a brand new, high priced mirror try your hand at painting and distressing a thrift store find! Check out how I transformed the look of this $25 vintage style and turned it into a modern beauty in our home’s entryway with this mirror makeover.
If you’re new here you may think this post concept is a cool makeover. But if you’re a long time follower, you’ll think this title seems like deja vu. And deja vu again. You’d both be correct! This is the second entryway mirror I’ve done a makeover on, but this time it’s a new shape!
We had this little table forever and were trying to find a spot for it in our new house. Turns out, it was just the stain/color that was bothering me so I worked on making that over (in a post I’ll be sharing soon). We had a rectangular mirror hung over it, hung at different times in both orientations, but neither was a favorite.
I wanted a new mirror over it but I didn’t want to pay a lot. Insert a trip to a local antiques shop in my town known as “the barn sale.” The man who runs it is super nice and has collected TONS of stuff over the year from estate sales and whatnot and it’s just a fun place to explore. I happened upon this mirror that shape and size wise, fit perfectly over this table! But the color didn’t match my style so it needed to be painted.
If you follow me on instagram you know that this makeover didn’t go as easily as I thought. I didn’t use primer paint initially and that was a mistake! After applying two coats of the actual paint, it started to chip off as it didn’t stick to the mirror material! So this post is all about round 2 and the things I learned along the way!
First, I covered up the mirror with newspaper to protect it then got to work scrubbing off any dust and debris with a tack cloth. This cloth is sticky to the touch and gets into all the cracks of the decorative work around the mirror frame.
I applied 2 light coats of primer and let it dry thoroughly. Don’t skip this step!
Next, I added 2 coats of semi gloss white paint. I was already in love!
Then I used a fine grit sandpaper and added a bit of distress marks and let that original gold shine through.
After I got the look to my liking, which was mostly focused on accenting the 4 decorative elements and along the rim, I applied 2 light coats of polycrylic to seal it in. DON’T do as I did with the table makeover that I’ll be sharing soon and use polyurethane. On a white paint, polyurethane often leaves a yellow tint but this is crystal clear!
After carefully peeling all the painter’s tape and newspaper off, it was ready to hang.
I have to tell you I LOVE this mirror and am so proud of all the work I did it on it, especially with lessons learned along the way!
Stay tuned for an upcoming post on this table makeover too!