Learn How To Make A Mirror From A Picture Frame

picture frame mirror

I don't have many things hanging on the walls in our home, but I do have a pretty healthy obsession when it comes to hanging mirrors. Although I love artwork in other folk's homes that I come across, to me hanging art or photos on the walls can be distracting and sometimes...

take away light or absorb it. Mirrors of course reflect light, and I'm often on the hunt for more...

modern french office design

The mirror in my recently revealed home office was given to us by a client and it's from the VERY high end company LaBarge. What an amazing score that was! It has been hanging in the hallway that leads to our master bedroom for years, and now I have to search for a replacement for that area. It's a large wall, so I'm thinking maybe a few mirrors...just not sure yet. Here are a few that I found and favor...

THIS ONE is that popular Sunburst style and can go with any decor...

THIS ONE is lovely and ornate and would go well with the French country aesthetic that I love...

And then there is THIS ONE that can be hung either horizontally or vertically. I like that and look for that in mirrors...

french mantel with floral garland

Yes, I do have a few...like the one over the bedroom mantel above. It's an old one and I acquired it already painted that chippy white...

french country fall mantel

And the one above that I know you've seen here before over the living room mantel. That mirror we purchased at Ethan Allen shortly after we moved into this home around 25 ago years now. It was gold, but I painted it white back in the day when nothing escaped my paintbrush and if you came over for a visit I might have painted you as well!

But I promised you a little DIY today and I'm delivering with how I made the one below...

convex mirror

flea market frame with carvings

I found this 1920's piece at a flea market and it had a convex bubble glass insert. I'm thinking that it probably had a portrait in it at one time because I've seen many of those in the past when out antiquing. I love the frame but it was useless, so I decided to make it into a mirror. The existing glass was in good shape and easy to repurpose...

diy project materials to make a mirror

I gathered what I knew I'd need from my workshop, as I've done this technique before like in THIS PROJECT. I would recommend doing this outdoors on the grass or a dropcloth if possible. It's messy and stinky too!

krylon looking glass paint

First make sure that your glass is clean of any debris or grease and then spray a light coating of THIS PAINT. I've included my Amazon affiliate because you can get it so fast...and by the way, affiliate links used in posts don't cost you a cent more...but they give me a small commission if you purchase anything and that is so appreciated :-}}

how to make a mirror look old with ghosting

I prefer to work on the back side of the glass, but I'd recommend experimenting with a spare piece of glass first and play around with these techniques and see what side you like best

spray a mirror with vinegar

Once you've sprayed your mirror paint you'll want to work quickly while it's still tacky to the touch. To make it look old, you'll want to remove some of the paint and give the glass a ghosting effect. Take a spray bottle filled with 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 tap water and give a light spritz to a few select areas. This gives a mottled effect as shown...

use acetone on a mirror to age it

For a drip effect, fill a plastic bottle with a small tip such as a hair dye bottle with acetone and lightly plop a few drips. Use a light hand or you might remove too much paint and it will start to look too contrived. You can use this same technique with a new frame and piece of glass...

artist pallete

To give your mirror more depth and a true antique look, water down some craft paint in brown, black and white and dab with a sponge here and there. I like to do this in the areas where more of the paint has been removed by the vinegar spray. Use a light hand and don't over do, but if you feel that you've made a mistake it can be lightly removed...

antique ghosted mirror with patina

Once you are happy with your finished mirror, spray the entire surface with acrylic sealer paint and let dry...

convex mirror project

picture frame to mirror tutorial