Several years ago I was living in Vegas. In Vegas, Craigslist is like a treasure chest of goodies. People move in and out of the Vegas area all the time, so there’s always a ton of things for sale at great prices. During one of those weekend excursions, my husband and I found this huge mirror (32″x 43″) that weighs a ton. It has a beautiful beveled edge and the frame is very ornate. I’m sure if you bought this mirror new it would have cost a pretty penny. I believe I paid $15 for it.
Now I have never really liked the gold frame. I’ve always wanted to do something to it, but the project kept getting put off… until today! I finally pulled it out today, grabbed my spray paint and sand paper, and set to work. This is a very easy project, so if you have something you want to revamp, don’t feel intimidated.
So here’s the before:
And here’s the after:
First thing you want to do is cover the mirror. Ideally, that blue painter’s tape works perfectly. I KNOW I have some around here, but of course, because I want it, it’s gone. So, instead I covered the mirror with craft paper and used a little masking tape around the edges. I covered the floor with paper (did this in the garage) and laid the mirror in the center.
Next, I spray painted the mirror frame, using sweeping strokes, not holding the spray can in one place so I wouldn’t get drips. I continued until all areas were covered, then I let it dry for about an hour or so.
Next, I distressed the edges and some of the bumpy areas of the frame using a regular old piece of sand paper. Once I was happy with the look, I used a large, soft paint brush to sweep away all of the sand paper dust.
Then i sprayed the entire frame with a coat of gloss sealer and let it dry. That’s it!
I still need to hang it, but I don’t have a sturdy enough picture frame hanger, so that will have to wait. For pictures, I just propped it up on our kitchen table’s bench seat. :)
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