Thursday, June 2, 2011

Amazing Mirror Transformation

This transformation is so dramatic that I can hardly believe it!

I found this antique framed mirror at a yard sale for $5.00.  The guy said his wife always meant to do something with it but it just sat in their basement.

I first took some basic white craft paint and gave the whole thing a bit of a primer.

It's already better!  Next, I had some leftover Martha Stewart Aegean Blue Satin Paint from a previous (pre-blogging) shelf project and I painted the wood.

Next, using some shiny silver craft paint, I painted the raised plaster portions of the frame.  Then, to give the frame a really professional, finished look, I painted over the blue portion with some semi-transparent pearl craft paint.

Here's the final result!

One more time, BEFORE & AFTER:

The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Antique Mirror Transformation ($5.00, paints on hand)

Total Fake-It Yourself Cost: $5.00

Compare to this one I found at The Mirror Lady for $759.00 (but I think mine is better!)

Georgian Silver Rectangle 63 x 51

Total Fake-It Yourself Savings: $754.00

**If you liked this, check out my other Crafts!**


  1. Your mirror turned out really great!! The colors are so soothing. :)

  2. stumbled upon your blog and love it.. I too am a very frugal, thrifty person. I can't wait to see more of the savings your finding!!

  3. Love the way that mirror looks now! Awesome job.

  4. Wow! What a great find! Love the price, too!

  5. Hello!
    Good to know that your blog when you can, make me a visit and add your post in my mosaic.
    This mirror was incredible!

    Kisses and good weekend!

  6. That is beautiful! Your mason jars add such a pretty element to the color of the frame on the mirror. Lovely!

  7. Wow amazing what paint can do. I love it!

  8. Looks amazing~ love the paint and finish you chose! I host a decorating party on Fridays if you would like to come share sometime :)

  9. I LOVE this!! It looks great!

  10. I love the colors you chose. Especially that blue, very pretty!

  11. I love the mirror it turned out pretty . I have a huge one hanging over my sofa and I'm not sure what to do with it .everyone says a black shinny would be pretty but I don't no if thats a good idea .any thoughts my room is grey walls with one wall red , sofa is black leather .thanks

    1. Without seeing everything in your room, it's hard to say, but black and silver always look nice in a grey room!

  12. Beautiful!!!! Amazing what beauty there is in what is right in front of us! The colors on the mirror are fantastic. Really a very nice piece.


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