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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Photo Credit: Cara Wilkerson