Monday, March 7, 2011

Mirror Transformation

The "before" picture - a little too gold and shiny for my taste!

I bought a round mirror recently at Hobby Lobby in the clearance section!  I was thrilled with the price, but not the color.  I wanted it to look old and worn so I decided to paint it; however, I couldn't decide what to do in addition to painting - I knew that painting alone would not be quite right.  I was leaning toward just "roughing it up" with sand paper, but Jon suggested glazing it with a dark brown glaze.  I had been wanting to try my hand at glazing so this was the perfect opportunity to learn the process on something really small.  It was not hard at all!  In fact, it was super easy! 

First we removed the back and the mirror very carefully -
the edge around the mirror was chipped. 
Next I sanded the finish lightly with a medium grade sand paper.
The next step was to spray paint with a creamy satin paint. 
(I was concerned about using spray paint,
but the frame was a really hard plastic and it worked well.)
We let the paint dry overnight.
We used a brush to apply the glaze on the beaded
inner edge of the mirror. 
We had to buy a special glaze that would
work with oil based paint. 
I was so glad we told the salesperson what we were painting
or we would have had a mess!!

We used a rag to wipe away the glaze. 
It is starting to look good!
We used a hot glue gun to put the mirror back in the frame.
It is finished! 
A close-up :-)
Once I finished the mirror, it did not look terrific in the area that I had originally planned - over the bed in the guest room.  Jon and I walked around the house for a while trying to figure out where to put our pretty new mirror.  We finally put it in the somewhat neglected back entry way into our house.  This is a small hallway that leads into the house from the garage.  It is the entry we use all the time so Jon thought it was the perfect spot to check my hair "one more time" before I leave the house each day!  What can I say?  He knows me well!!!
I wish I had a more glamorous part of the home to show you, but hey, everyone has a back entrance  where friends and family are welcomed!  Now you have seen ours!  Welcome to our home!  Back door friends are best! 

I am linking to Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday @
Debbie's Newbie party at

and Kim's Wow Us Wednesday party at

Come join the fun!  


  1. It looks great and I love the finish! Great job!!

  2. This mirror looks wonderful and I love how the glaze makes it look even better.

    Love it.


  3. I love the way this turned out!! Visiting from Between Naps on the Porch!

  4. Gorgeous job Lisa on the mirror! Thanks so much for joining my newbie party.

  5. The mirror looks great! I am working on a mirror right now that is being so stubborn. I love how yours turned out!

  6. I love this idea! I found your blog at Between Naps on the Front Porch. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back:
    Again, you did a fantastic job with this!! :-)

  7. The mirror transformation is fantastic!

    I love reading your blog, your very inspirational! I've nominated you for The Stylish Blogger Award.

    Check out my blog for details.

    Warm Wishes,


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