It is one of my loves to take something old and boo, and turn it into wow and new! Since becoming an official crafter (I used to just dabble in it, but I’ve since taking my crafting seriously and started having a NOT SO SECRET love affair with my local craft store), I’ve found that I really enjoy re-purpose projects, and that you’ll find some of the most amazing pieces at a yard sale, thrift store or even something in your own home that could use a second life.

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I’ve always loved using mirrors as a decorative element throughout the home, it adds dimension and can sometimes make a room look larger. But I’ve never loved the price tag behind some of them, that’s why my new crafty passion has taught me to explore other ways to get the look and feel that I love, for a much smaller price tag! I found this mirror at the thrift store for $5.99, it was a little beaten, had some dents, nicks and scratches, but otherwise in good condition. The first thing you’ve got to do is plan. Where will this mirror go, what colors do I want to use, and embellishments! This part was easy for me, but I started with a piece of scrapbook paper that I would enjoy, then from there I was able to select my coordinating paints and embellishments.

Materials – Old mirror or frame, paint, E6000, mod podge matte, wooden embellishments, scrapbook paper, scissors, x-acto knife (for trimming), ruler, pencil, and your creativity.

Gather your materials and lets get crafty!

Prior to any of the following steps, using a sanding block sand the entire frame of the mirror and wipe of dust with a damp cloth.

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Using Painter’s Tape or Washi Tape (like I used), tape off sections that you don’t want paint on, focus on the glass, because the flat surface will be covered later.

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Measure the flat space and cut and trim paper to fit appropriately.

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Mod Podge is your best friend, apply liberally.

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Love your color choices, I coordinated the shades to match my paper.

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Apply a liberal coat of mod podge to the frame and paper to seal it!

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Loving E6000, its a waterproof heavy duty glue, worked like magic.

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Hang and sit back and enjoy the compliment from your creative work, because they’ll come flowing in! 

How do you bring life to an old piece of furniture, accessory or outfit?


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  1. Ellen Christian

    July 18th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I love this! So cute!

  2. Rose Powell

    July 18th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks Ellen, it was a lot of fun to make, late night into the morning, loved watching this project unfold.

  3. Jamie

    July 18th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Beautiful!! What a great idea to be able to change it up for your room. This would be great for a kid to updo as they grow!! Great post. Pinned & Tweeted!

  4. Rose Powell

    July 18th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Yes, I actually think this one will be going in my Etsy Shop – JIJI crafts, but loved making it. Wish I had more mirrors with a nice frame and flat surfaces, but I only found one… I have two more to spruce up… 🙂

  5. Heidi

    July 18th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    This is so cute and I think I could actually do it! Thanks so much for sharing the step by step instructions so well!

  6. Rose Powell

    July 18th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Heidi! I love remaking things! I’ve got so much stuff around here that I bought from the thrift store or have seen their last light, that need new life… I should have a lot more to share… 🙂

  7. Rachee

    July 18th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I got a mirror from a flea market a few weeks ago and have been wondering what to do with it. This is totally awesome and I can’t wait to try it myself.

  8. Rose Powell

    July 18th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    A fresh coat of paint, even some tissue paper (if there are no flat surfaces), and mod podge, lots of creativity, new mirror!

  9. Sande Sivani

    July 18th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Your mirror is really lovely and the tutorial is perfect!

  10. tara pittman

    July 18th, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    So cute!

  11. Dawn

    July 19th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Cute colors! I love bringing old things to life! Great job!