This thrift store mirror makeover transformed a mirror from meh to a-ma-zing, and I saved hundreds of dollars.
Have you seen gorgeous mirrors in magazines and blogs, only to find that they cost a king’s ransom? I’ve seen beautiful bamboo mirrors just about everywhere, but I didn’t want to break my meager decorating budget. But then I spotted this sad little puppy at a thrift store and she stole my heart.
Here’s a preview of the reveal!
Thrift Store Mirror Makeover
So here’s the story.
First of all, bamboo mirrors tie in well with any style and look great in a number of finishes. Check out these to die for mirrors.
- Bamboo Mirror, decor pad, gold via Matchbook Magazine
- Bungalow Mirror | Serena & Lily, turquoise
- Horchow, black faux bamboo
- Pottery Barn gold
- Williams Sonoma glossy white
Here’s one of many inspiration pics from my Pinterest board, Home Accessories and Vignettes. It’s from STUDIO MCGEE, one of my favorite blogs. The amazing home featured is the ASHBURN PROJECT: A CLASSIC HOME IN VIRGINIA . I love the timeless and classic design ideas.
I LOVE this mirror, but finding such a large statement mirror at a modest price is a challenge.
Anyway, picture me at the Restore Store, looking for shutters, when I spot this little orphan.
Meh, right? She had just enough charm to make me look twice, check the price ($45), and continue walking. But this little puppy wouldn’t get out of my head. I didn’t like the panels on the sides, but she was looking at me with those sad eyes…oh wait, those were my sad eyes in the mirror.
So this little puppy followed me home. I needed to remove these ugly side panels, but they were not going to pop out easily. My husband got out his Dremel Multi-Max tool, and it worked like a charm. After he cut them out, I patched the holes with wood putty, and then lightly sanded it to even out the finish.
I actually put a coat of oil rubbed bronze on the mirror first, but it wasn’t really working for me. Then I sprayed it silver since I thought it might go in the master bathroom, but the size of the mirror wasn’t right for the space. Finally, I decided on a place above the mantel, so the third paint color was a charm.
Antique Gold Rub-n-Buff if one of my favorite finishes. I used a sponge brush to give her a quick coat. After the finish dried, I rubbed the mirror with a soft rag and propped her on the mantle.
How much is that mirror from the ReStore Store? A $45 bargain mirror and a $5 tube of paint gave me this $50 cutie.
This puppy found a new home!
Mirrors are costly, but thrift store mirrors are super easy to transform. Try a thrift store mirror makeover of your own. Look for a sturdy frame, a beveled mirror edge, an interesting shape, and go for it!
If not, look for something in your own home that is just not working for you. Does it need a new finish (or two, or three)? Mirrors can transform a space into a eye-catching focal point. Don’t let the cost of a new mirror, deter you, get the look for less!
For another mirror makeover, check out my Projects page.