upcycle an old mirror // DIY

I turned an old ugly mirror we had in our garage into a pretty, modern mirror for my room! Here’s how!

In my Frugal Bedroom Decor Ideas post, I asked if you guys wanted to see how I redid a mirror, and I had an overwhelming response of “yes!” from you guys! So let’s do it. πŸ™‚

The before and after…

I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out!


I’m sure there are other methods out there, but I’m just going to be showing you the way I did it and what supplies I used.

Here’s what you need to start…


  • Wood project piece (in this case it’s a mirror frame!)
  • Foam brushes
  • Chalk paint & Acrylic paint
  • Paper towels
  • A drop cloth or old piece of fabric
  • Sandpaper (fine grit + a coarser grit)
  • and Moosic!! πŸ˜€

Both the paints and the foam brushes can be found at Walmart (or in your mom’s closet paint stash, maybe… πŸ˜› )

This is a frugal project, that’s fun to do when you’re stuck indoors. πŸ˜‰

Husband Birthday Card (2)
(sorry about the quality of these pics, I kinda forgot to set up in a well-lit place XD)

To set up, lay some scrap cloth or cardboard on the floor.

If you can, separate the frame from the mirror (mine was actually broken that way). If not, just tape off glass mirror part, making sure to get tape inside all the corners and right up to the part you are going to paint. With a damp cloth, wipe any dirt off the frame.

Husband Birthday Card (1)
🎡 Don’t know much about a science book,
Don’t know much about the french I took
But I do know that I love you,
And I know that if you love me, too,
What a wonderful world this would be 🎡

Squeeze some of your acrylic paint onto a paper plate or lid (I used the color black for this. I’ll explain why later πŸ˜‰ ). Evenly paint the frame, and then let it dry. I used acrylic for this coat mainly because it is cheaper than chalk paint and won’t really show in the end.

Husband Birthday Card

Next, gently sand this coat with a fine grit sandpaper (about 200 grit), and then paint a couple coats of your chalk paint color over it.

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A coarse 80 grit sand paper

Now for the fun part… distressing!

Basically, you take a piece of coarse sandpaper and roughly rub random areas on the frame, scratching away the white paint to show the black underneath. Especially distress places that would naturally wear over time, such as the corners.

This is just the antique look I’m going for, but you can skip this step. πŸ˜‰

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At this point, you can leave it as it is, or you can apply a wax finish.

A handy tutorial for doing a wax finish ^^

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This is how it looks all finished! πŸ™‚

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The distressing on one of my favorite corners XD

Bonus: Add pretty things to your mirror when you finish painting it!

Glue flowers, jewels, sea-shells, or Polaroids all around the frame! Or drape a garland or fairy lights around it…

You could even write a note in one corner of the glass, on a sticky note or in dry erase marker!

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Thanks for reading!

Tell me– did this inspire you to cute-ify a mirror yourself?


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28 thoughts on “upcycle an old mirror // DIY

  1. You did an awesome job….I loved this post!! 😜 I love distressing/that distressed look as well; it just gives the whole thing a sense of age, which I think is pretty cool.

    Have a great day!


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  2. Really enjoyed the post guys, thanks so much! (Actually, the pictures turned out fine, at least for me. I could see what you were doing) Now I need to find a mirror (hey, have you ever heard of decoupaging?) πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great week!

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    1. πŸ˜„πŸ‘Œ Glad the pics worked fine for ya! YAY! Yes, find a mirror! Thrift stores might help u!
      I just looked it up and apparently people have decoupaged whole pieces of furniture??! So cool! I love it!!
      Thanks, you too! πŸ˜‰


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