Thursday, March 1, 2012

how to frame an old mirror

I got a mirror like 2 years ago from my sister and brother-in-law. It was originally hooked to a large dresser, with a 2 inch rounded frame in some oakish color of wood. I took out the mirror and it sat in my basemtent till last week my kids have used it as a car slide so it got a little scratched up. Oh well it adds to the old charm of it now.
I had some 1x6's in my shop and cut them to fit on top of the mirror. So the mirror is large and I covered up about 5 1/2 inches on each side I could have used smaller wood but I wanted this thing "CHUNKY". This thing is heavy!!
I cut the boards to fit just like you would for a frame.
Then I painted my handy Vinegar steel wool mixture to the wood to age it.

After dry I painted on with a roller Oatbran Chalk paint.
I do like chalk paint and I am too cheep to buy it from Annie Slaon so i made some I got the recipe from Martha Stewart.

CHALK PAINT ingredients:
1 to 2 tlbs. Plaster of Paris or Non Sanded grout
mix with 2 tlbs water
1-2 cups of paint.
Mix together well store in tightly covered container.

The paint does get a little chunky after sitting but I just add a little water and stir and it de-chunks..
Chalk paint is really easy to distress it comes off like chalky powder...imagine that!!
After painting my frame i use my handy hot glue gun to glue t right to the mirror, man this frame will never come off it is one there GOOD!! Lastly I used my handy 5 in 1 tool to scrape the paint off /distress it. I love how it turned out here it is on my table downstairs..

Oh, I made the ladder out os 2x2's super easy..
Thanks for stopping by have a good one!! Think spring, I know it will help :)

11 comments:

  1. You are so talented! I love my visits over here! And yes - think spring!
    Sherry's Bees Nest

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  2. Great idea! I'm going to copy this!

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  3. That looks so good! I love it!

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  4. Thanks everyone! I think i might do this to some of my builder mirrors in my bathrooms.. it's amazing how framing your mirror adds.

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  5. The mirror looks great with the chunky frame, and the little vignette around the table is pretty. I bought plaster of paris to try the homemade chalk paint, but haven't made it yet.

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    1. Good luck with the chalk paint, some people love it and some don't.

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  6. Love chunky frames. Thanks for the vote. Sweet.

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  7. I just stumbled upon your blog, and boy am I glad I did! I ♥ it! You're so creative and talented! What awesome ideas you have. I'm your newest follower, and can't wait to come back and visit again!

    Have a great weekend! :)

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  8. Whats a 5in 1 tool to use to rub off the paint.
    Love this mirror.

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    1. It is a scraper tool painters use if you google 5 in 1 painter tool it will show you a picture.

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