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 :)


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

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

  3. That looks so good! I love it!

  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.

  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.

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

  6. 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! :)

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

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