While my sister and I were renovating the Topsail Beach condo we had a strict budget. Finding a large mirror for less than $15 was challenging until I found this mirror with potential. I know my sister was doubtful, but I had a vision. Some red milk paint, lattice and glue would make this racing stripe makeover complete!
To transform the mirror, I disassembled the top and cut off the panel portion using my Dremel MultiMax. I salvaged the top crown moulding and re-attached it to the new top of the mirror with glue and finish nails.
Then it was time to add stripes.
Materials (some links are Amazon affiliate links):
- Lattice scraps
- Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint (Tricycle)
- Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint (Ironstone)
- Gorilla Super Glue, Single .11oz Tube
- ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape
- Weight for drying
- Tape Measure
- Small block or Combination Square
- Wet rag
Tape off the edge of the mirror where it meets the frame. Paint two coats of Miss Mustard Seed Tricycle red paint onto the frame. (See this post for painting with milk paint.)
After the paint dries, wax it or leave it unfinished. Mark the center of the frame at the top and bottom of the mirror.
Cut pieces of lattice to fit the mirror frame width. (I used three pieces of lattice and cut a fourth piece in half for the outer stripes.) Pre-paint the lattice pieces ironstone (white) and let dry.
Wet the frame and the back of the lattice. Apply a small amount of Gorilla Glue to the backs of the lattice.
Line up the center lattice piece with the pencil mark. Attach it and the other two pieces beside the middle lattice.
Use a ruler to create a space between the middle stripe and the outer small lattice piece. Glue the outer pieces in place.
Set a weight (or paint can) on top of a scrap board and the lattice pieces while the glue dries.
Remove the weight. Paint the top and bottom edge of the mirror frame white to create the illusion that the stripe continues around the frame edges. Distress the lattice pieces with sandpaper if you want a rustic look.
Hang your mirror on the wall and admire! Not bad for $15, two coats of paint, and some scrap lattice!
The mirror hangs happily in the twin bedroom at the Topsail Beach Condo. Click here to see the rest of the condo!
Hope you never turn down a $15 mirror again ;-).