I don’t know why but I love to update mirrors. So imagine my excitement for this month’s Thrifty Chicks Challenge. We are tasked to repurpose a mirror. Today I will show you an easy way to create a shabby look mirror.
I pulled this mirror from the stash and got to work by cleaning it off. Do you notice the design at the top? It was filled in, first with wood filler. After I sanded it down I wasn’t happy with it. The spackle worked better and smoothed it out.
Now in the meantime, I started working on the embellishment. This is inspired by the blog, Coastal Bohemian. The post I discovered shows how to use paper clay in a rose muffin mold. Let me tell you once you start making these you can’t stop.
Load the clay in the mold and pack it down in order to get all of the detail. And pop it out. I quickly ran out of the paper clay. No worries, it also works great with air dry clay. Although I did use cooking spray to help release the air dry clay. I already have another idea how I will be using the other roses I made.
As the roses and leaves were drying I started painting the mirror. I love the clean bright white that is DecoArt’s Everlasting. I sanded in between coats. Just enough to get a smooth finish.
The plan for making this shabby looking mirror was to have about seven roses along the top. I laid them out and decided on three. With the leaves on either side.
I painted the embellishments before gluing to the mirror. After I glued the roses and leaves on the top I waxed the mirror being careful around the flowers.
This is an easy way to create a shabby mirror and lately I am all about easy. Some other Thrifty Chicks projects is a bird on a pedestal and a little fall sign using old hardware.
Now visit my Thrift Chicks friends to see what they did with their mirrors. As I always say, you are sure to be inspired.