Friday, 15 February 2013

D.I.Y How To Update An Old Mirror Cheaply

How to make this:

 From this:

 What you will need:

A mirror  (I've seen some really nice cheap ones on eBay)

Emulsion (any colour, use left over paint or buy a test post as it is only needed for a small area)
I had some left over from a paint tester I used in my nephews room you can buy the same colour here

I bought this mirror in a charity shop for £3.99, I was lucky to find this but I'm sure you could find a similar one somewhere. the pictures are terrible but it was painted with primer paint, which was a pale green (yuck!).

Before you buy a mirror make sure that the glass is in good condition, I.e no cracks.

wash the frame with a non abrasive sponge and some soapy water.
Put masking tape round the mirror so you don't splash paint on the mirror.

Then apply 1 coat of your paint, try to get all areas covered and then leave for about 2 hours until re-painting. You could use spray paint, but I have found that it chips more easily and that you have a better choice of colours with emulsions.

 I found some star shaped fairy lights with suction cups on the back so I stuck them round my mirror to make it look like the mirrors you see in dressing rooms! I don't know where mine came from but you could buy some ordinary fairy lights or led's that run of a battery and attach them to suction cups like these:


  1. ooh it's so pretty I have the ugliest looking mirror on earth, hopefully this should help! x

  2. i love your diy posts, i love what you did with the mirror xx

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  4. wow nice ! :D

  5. What a great idea! Your mirrow looks really great now!!

    Best Jasmin

  6. Awww this is such a good idea, I'm useless at DIY, but I need to try this

    A little bit Unique


  7. Such an awesome idea! Loved it <3

  8. I've taken inspiration from this post and I'm trying it out on some photo frames :) xx

  9. This looks amazing! I got to remember this :)