Mirror finishes can get boring or dated, but they are one of the easiest home improvement projects you can do.This mirror makeover shows you how to rescue a tired, outdated finish in about an hour. Here’s a sneak peek of a mirror makeover using oil rubbed bronze and a silver leafing pen.
This mirror is now a timeless, classic piece that can go with any decor, in any room. Easy? Check. Quick? Check. Inexpensive? Check. Gorgeous? Check mate!
My son and daughter-in-law recently bought a home that has many original finishes. This mirror is probably original to a 30-year-old home, but it didn’t need tossing. A new finish was all it needed to say “A hip young, couple live here now!”
Large mirrors cost hundreds of dollars, but you can update the old frame for about $10.
I didn’t bother to sand this piece, but I did make sure to use a spray paint with built-in primer for good coverage.
Now for the fun part. Do you see the inner frame within the frame? This piece has a groove in the wood that provided the perfect straight line to use an accent color. Instead of taping off perfect lines and using spray paint, I picked up this Krylon Silver Leafing Pen at Hobby Lobby.
Silver Leafing Pen
For a can of spray paint (about $6) and a silver leafing pen (about $5), this makeover was an unbelievable upgrade for only $11. It’s solid wood with a beveled mirror, so replacing it would cost hundreds of dollars.
What I love about the original mirror is its size (A similar mirror would have cost hundreds!) and the beveled mirror edge. And now the style says CLASSIC instead of CONFUSED.
These two finishes really gave the mirror a classic look. It would work well with any style of room.
Mirror Before: Dazed and Confused
Mirror After: Timeless Classic
To see another mirror makeover, check out my Projects page!
Here’s a sneak peek at my next silver leaf pen project. A great gift idea!