The reason I came up with this project is because we missed having a mirror above my recently painted pink sideboard ever since I moved the gold Goodwill mirror into my master bathroom. For some reason we all use that particular spot to glance in the mirror before we leave.
My husband and I both adore the artwork that was hanging over the sideboard but a mirror just works better for us.
I have so much gold everywhere and I didn’t want to put another gold mirror above the sideboard like I had before. There is our beautiful gold chandelier, the new gold hardware and the gold pineapple. It would just be a little too much.
I got my inspiration from the next two mirrors from West Elm the minute I saw them (click on photo)
So for the makeover I chose a plain mirror I bought at Homegoods at least 10 years ago. It’s made out of that lightweight foam material that some frames are made of. And I was so over the antiqued silver finish. But what made this frame perfect for the makeover was the size and the thick profile/shape of it:
Black and white striped mirror makeover project
I prepped and painted it the same way I always explain:
- I cleaned it with TSP (or you can use Krud Kutter degreaser), I didn’t sand this time.
- When it was completely dried after the cleaning, I wiped it with a tack cloth to get the dust off.
- I taped the mirror surface off.
- Then I used Kilz spray primer (you know it’s my favorite primer). Always give it a really good long shake.
- When the primer dried, I ran a very fine sandpaper over it again.
- Then I wiped it down with a tack cloth again.
- Then I sprayed it with 2 coats of Rustoleum white semi-gloss spray paint. (let it dry really good before the next step)
- Then I taped the stripes on the mirror which I will explain more because I used 2.5 rolls of washi tape for this project. My favorite one is this one HERE that I ordered on Amazon since they once again didn’t have it at any local craft store.
Let me explain why I didn’t spray paint the stripes on. The reason is that I wanted to be flexible with the spacing of the stripes so the corners would meat up. If I paint I can’t adjust anymore. This project is all about eyeing it up. No measuring! And I also didn’t want to have the little ridges a painted stripe would leave behind should I ever change my mind and repaint the mirror.
Like I already said, the most important part is that the mitered ends of the frame meat up perfectly with the stripes as you can see in the following photos. So I started with all 4 corners and then filled in the rest.
I loosely taped the stripes so I could re-space them should I have to and as you can see I took the taped-off part from the mirror after spray painting too.
When you tape the mitered edges all you need to do is cut along the frames’ mitered parts to guide you with an x-acto knife and take off the access.
When you have the stripes all spaced out how you want them you can go around and press them all down firmly and cut around the mirrored side with the x-acto knife once again. So simple and all done!
It is a super cheap project since I had everything except the tape which cost me around $10.
And this is not a mirror that you see normally in stores. It’s unique, don’t you think so?
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You can see more of my dining room by clicking HERE
I’m so happy with it and love how the mirror reflects my artwork. I’ve been trying to research how to get my artwork printed so I can finally add that to my Etsy shop. It’s not easy to find the right printing and shipping method. Other people don’t really share their secrets.
If you love black and white stripes as much as I do then you might enjoy my painted front porch project as well (click on photo):