Home & Garden,  Upcycling

Mirror Update – Gold Plastic to Weathered Wood Mirror

Covid Schmovid. Quarantine has got me working from home and staring at my walls and dissecting Every Item That I Own. Take this gold plastic mirror, for instance. It definitely needed an update. I moved it from above our bed down to the living room above the piano (that no one knows how to play BTW) but I am just not feeling it.

It did not come by its golden beauty by sheer coincidence, mind you. When I purchased it from Homesense years ago, it was a bronzy brass which didn’t work for me so I spray painted it gold. Well, I’m over that. Change is good, right? Today, I decided to transform this mirror from gold plastic to cottagey weathered wood.

Materials were on hand so it was a quick and satisfying project. This is what I used:

  • Newspaper and painter’s tape
  • White flat spray paint
  • Gray latex paint (craft paint will do)
  • Wood stain
  • Paint brush and rag

I started by protecting the mirror surface by covering with newspapers and tape. Alright, I missed a few spots but that’s what razor blades are for.

I gave the mirror frame a base coat of white flat spray paint and let that dry. It didn’t take long – 30 minutes.

Next, I dry brushed the gray paint on top. If you are new to dry brushing, think less is more. Dip your paintbrush in the paint and then dab it on a newspaper or paper towel until there is almost no more paint on the brush. When you think there’s nothing on it, then you’re ready.

Using your dry brush gray, lightly brush over the surface. It’s great to get the bumps and cracks. It gives it dimension.

Last up is stain. Using a rag, I lightly went over the whole surface. I did this outside because stain is stinky. Also, make sure to dispose of your rag properly because it can be a fire hazard. True story. Not speaking from experience but I did have a neighbour whose house burned down because of stain rags stored in the garage.

That’s it. What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

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