Mirror Makeover: Update an Old Mirror DIY

Breathe new life into your old mirror! This easy DIY guide shows you how to update a plain mirror with budget-friendly ideas.

Do you have an old mirror in your hallway or bedroom that feels a bit, well, boring? Don’t toss it out just yet! You will be amazed with a little creativity and a touch of DIY magic, you can transform that tired-looking mirror into a stunning statement piece. This easy-to-follow guide is perfect for beginners and will show you how to update your old mirror. In no time, you’ll have a gorgeous, mirror that reflects your unique style and adds a touch of personality to your space.

Why spend hundreds of dollars when you can make over that boring old mirror? You will be surprised at the transformation.

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This easy-to-follow guide will show you how to update a plain mirror, breathing new life into your existing decor. The cream mirror is a little plain.

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After placing the mirror behind the sideboard, the creamy white color got lost with the gray walls. It just was not working for me. It was a plain Jane. The mirror did not spark any joy for me. I was not loving it at all! She was dull.

It is important to give the mirror a good cleaning before starting the DIY project. With a damp cloth wipe the frame on the mirror to remove any dust or dirt. Clean the mirror with water, white vinegar, and a few paper towels. Allow the mirror to dry completely.

This old mirror’s frame is metal and not wood. A coat of Slick Stick will need to be applied for the paint to adhere to the metal frame. Slick Stick works great on slick or glossy surfaces.

Apply one coat of Slick Stick. Allow it to dry for 2-3 hours before moving or painting it.

Begin by working the gold mousse into the crevices with an artist’s brush. Pain the entire frame including the sides with the gold mousse.

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Let the gold mousse dry overnight before doing the patina.

To tone down the gold by creating a patina. Brush Gemstone Mousse in the color Amber brushed into the crevices with an artist’s paintbrush over the gold. Use your fingers to spread it across the mirror. Let it dry for 8 hours before sealing it.

To seal the mousse on the frame, apply a clear coat in a satin finish. Gently apply a layer of the clear coat over the entire frame. It will blend the mousses. That is fine because it will give it that rich patina. Gently apply pressure so you do not remove the paint.

Let the mirror frame dry overnight before hanging or using it.

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You can lean or hang your mirror against the wall. The fun part is styling it!

A lovely woven tray with leather handles holds a 9-wick candle in a gold bowl, a vintage white ironstone soup tureen, and decorative beads are perfect in front of the mirror.

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To the left of the mirror, a stack of black and gold boxes plays off the gold from the mirror. An artichoke tea light adds more texture. The light from the burning tea light will be reflected in the mirror for a touch of ambiance.

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To finish the styling of this space, a beautiful crystal base lamp adds height to balance the stacked boxes on the left side.

And voila! Your once-plain mirror is now a showstopping statement piece. Look how stunning the mirror looks on the antique sideboard. It pops against the wall color, Metro by McCormick Paints.

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Remember, a well-placed mirror can create the illusion of a larger space and add a touch of brightness. With a little TLC, your updated mirror will add charm and character to your home for years to come. Happy decorating!

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12 Comments

  1. Wow!! You really jazzed up that mirror. The gold tones look so much better. I would have never thought of it but that white was blah. You did a great job on choosing colors for the frame. Thanks for the tip about Slick Stick! Pinned 😊

    1. Thank you my friend for pinning. I appreciate it. The Slick Stick works great on slick or glossy surfaces. This frame was metal so it could not be sanded and Slick Stick did the trick!

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