My pickin sister and I did a hit and run at an upscale thrift store. Once a year the store holds an annual sale and it is too good to miss. That is how I came across this mirror. Sue looked down and there the mirror was in broken glory. It didn’t scare me off, we both figured I could restore a thrift store mirror to new beauty.
There was a break in the frame. She and I agreed I could glue it and squeeze it together. I found out when I got it home I couldn’t. Maybe I’m not strong enough. Given my pack-rat tendencies, I knew I would figure it out and I did. I remembered I had small pieces of wood I bought for a clay pot ornament idea I have here and here for an example and got them out. The small rectangle piece slipped right in. I used the straight edge to cut a small piece out so it would fit and then glued it in.
After the glued dried I used wood filler to fill in the small gaps. After that dried I got out the mouse sander and sanded the area smooth.
Since I recently finished painting a vanity and matching bench I decided to paint this mirror in the same colors. If the vanity is still in the booth it will be a good companion piece. And if the vanity set did sell, the mirror will be neutral enough to blend in any style.
I didn’t use the extra bond in my first coat of Old Fashioned Milk Paint in buttermilk. I wanted the paint to chip to show the lovely dark stain. The second coat of the milk paint is in the Light Cream. I followed the directions that come with the paint.
to do this final step to restore a thrift store mirror to new beauty, I used the Tung Oil, two coats per the directions. It gives the piece such a nice smooth to the touch feel. I also rubbed it on the metal parts of the mirror which created a nice luster.
It was such an easy fix to restore a thrift store mirror to a new beauty that I hope if you come across one in your travels you snatch it up and restore it.
Thrift Store Mirror Small Wood Rectangle
Wood Glue Wood Filler
OFMP Buttermilk OFMP Light Cream
Mirror Mirror Needs An Update What Can Be Done
Mirror Mirror Needs An Update What Can Be Done. This mirror had a pretty wicker frame around it. But as wicker does, pieces were broken and couldn’t be repaired. Along comes a wicker piece with a woven oval in the middle. Just the right size for the mirror. My friend, Gloria was cleaning out the garage and said I could have these along with a rocker. We’ll talk about that another day.
I cut off the tattered frame around the mirror. Using the Mouse sander I smoothed out the rough edges. As I cleaned off the wicker wall hanging I noticed pieces were missing. I weighed my options such as cutting away the pieces which would leave the outside frame and oval shape. I figured I could use liquid nails to glue the mirror on the oval piece. Or I could use pallet wood with the dimensions of the outer frame and make a base for the wall hanging and put the mirror on it.
Then I switched gears. I had some left over wood flooring. I ended up measuring the lengths so they would be the same size as the rectangle frame. I cut each piece, using my miter saw. Next step, use wood glue and snap the pieces together.
Once dry, it was time to paint. I thought of using spray paint but I didn’t have enough to cover the wood, wicker and the mirror. So you know what I decided, yup my DIY chalk paint. I had a little bit of left over paint from another project in the Sherwin-Williams Steamed Milk. So I started off by painting the wood backing.
I painted three rows on the wood back in that color. Then I took a little bit of Lazy Gray and mixed it in the Steamed Milk and painted two slats. I finished it off by putting in more of the Steamed Milk and painted the remaining three slats. When it was dry, I lightly sanded it and waxed it. It really isn’t going to show but the wood backing will give the wicker pieces stability. I realized I failed to take a picture of the backing after I painted all of the slats, I got carried away with my creation.
I mixed up more of the DIY chalk paint in the Steamed Milk but diluted it to brush on the wicker pieces. I painted both sides even though the mirror will cover the wicker wall hanging. After the paint was dry, I put liquid nails on the back of the wicker wall hanging along the edge. I placed it on the backing and weighted down and walked away.
Once the liquid nails set up I got out the compressor and brad nailer and nailed the backing to the wicker frame. To protect the paint on the back I gave it a coat of wax and used the brush that attaches to my drill to buff it off. Now the time came to put the mirror on it. I used E6000 glue. Touched up some spots, lightly waxed it with clear Briwax. Then I used the brush that attaches to the drill to remove the wax. It is a mirror with an update.