A simple mirror upcycling project

26th July 2016

A simple mirror upcycling project

When I was reading over the results of my 2015 reader survey I noticed that some people said they liked DIY posts.

Little did I know at the time I would be moving into a house a few months later and therefore be in the situation to actually do some DIY projects.

The previous tenant of this house left behind a full length mirror that had an oak coloured frame. I was chuffed because I’d really missed having a full length mirror when we lived in the flat. However, I wasn’t really a fan of the oak colour and I decided that I wanted to upcycle it.

Month and months later I finally decided to do it and asked Tyrone for his assistance. He builds model cars so he had a load of spray paint and primer available for us to use.

I’m so happy with the way it looks. It’s definitely more my style now and it was so incredibly simple to do.

A simple mirror upcycling project

If you fancy giving this project a go yourself you will need…

  • Something to cover the mirror. I suggest newspapers and masking tape.
  • Sand paper
  • Spray primer – we used a grey one.
  • Spray paint – we used a Kobra silver one.
  • Air brush cleaner – just in case things go wrong. You can use this to wipe of any extra paint.

We began by sanding down the frame just a little bit. The mirror seemed quite old so there wasn’t much varnish left so really it required very minimal sanding.

We then covered the mirror itself using newspapers and masking tape to hold it in place. Make sure you cover every bit of the mirrored surface. Of course, things to go wrong which is why I recommend the cleaner.

A simple mirror upcycling project

Once the mirror is covered, it’s time to prime. Tyrone used a primer which you can spray on, and actually came out a really nice grey colour on the wood. I would have been happy with that colour to be honest, haha!

Obviously, we took our mirror outside to spray because, well, I didn’t want the walls and floors of our rented property to be silver.

A simple mirror upcycling project

The grass also got sprayed silver but at least that will disappear once the lawn is cut.

We left the mirror to dry for around 15 minutes before spraying it with the paint. I chose silver, despite Tyrone’s keen suggestion of “McLaren Orange”.

After spraying it with paint we left it for a few hours (praying it didn’t rain!) before moving it inside the house. We left it lying down on some newspaper in the spare room to dry and didn’t move it for a good few days to ensure it was fully dry.

As I say, this DIY is so simple, but I think it’s very effective. Both Tyrone and I felt like spray everything in our home a different colour after the success of this project! I would love to do it again.

Have you ever upcycled a piece of furniture?

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  1. It looks great! I tried to paint a piece of furniture and it didn’t go as well as it should have. I think the spray is a better option. Well done!

    • Holly

      Spraying it was so quick and I also think it gives a more even coverage that painting would.

  2. I haven’t personally recycled a piece of furniture but I’ve watched my dad do so! He recyclced one of my old wardrobes and turned it into a cabinet and a small table! He’s an architect so he loves designing and then DIY stuff. XD

  3. Jamie

    I haven’t upcycled any furniture whatsoever, but my ex stepmother has. I have, however, made things from jars and other cool things like jewellry. I really like how your mirror came out. Like the saying goes “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Or in this case…”One tenant’s junk is another tenant’s treasure.”

  4. Amy

    Wow, that mirror looks amazing! I love the lights around it!

    I don’t think I’ve ever upcycled anything. I make costumes for comic con, but I’ve never done anything home-related. Looks like a lot of fun though!

    • Holly

      Thanks! I wish I could do more creative things with clothes. I should really use that sewing machine I bought two years ago!