Salvage an Old Mirror

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The imperfections of an old mirror have an antiqued charm that can’t be bought. So instead of heading out to pick up a shiny new mirror, let’s first take a crack at salvaging the old one hanging out in Grandma’s attic.

Our guinea pig’s “before” shot. A large mirror with lots of interesting detail, this guy definitely deserved a pick-me-up…

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After a good dusting and cleaning, we were ready to get down to some serious rehabbing business. Sliding copy paper under the edges of the frame and securing it in place with a little tape, protected the actual mirror from stray brush strokes.

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Next up, apply a couple coats of paint to the mirror frame, allowing each coat to dry before moving on to another. Once dry, remove the copy paper and use a razor to loosen any bits of paper stuck to the dried paint.

In this case, the unsightly underside of the frame was reflecting in the mirror, leaving a less than pretty finish around the edge that simply would not do.

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Nothing a little caulk can’t fix! After applying a thin bead of caulk around the edge of the frame and smoothing it down with my finger, we were back in business.

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In a matter of hours (and for a fraction of the price of buying new), a lovely mirror with old school charm was ready to grace the walls of my home.

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Photo Credit: Cara Wilkerson

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