Farmhouse Thrift Store Upcycle

4 Materials
30 Minutes

Who doesn't love a great thrift store find?! Whenever I get the chance to go to the local "Bargain Barn", I am never disappointed. This time around, I found a large mirror on sale, but I wasn't loving the frame. Nothing a little paint and elbow grease can't fix!

Step one: Find a framed mirror! This lovely golden framed mirror was $8.00 at my local thrift store.

Step Two: Gather your supplies. I used what I already had on hand, which includes a sample sized paint can of "antique white" from Valspar, a small paint brush and some scotch tape to save money.

If I was starting from scratch, I'd use painters tape, some kraft paper, and some spray paint :) The process of painting will go so much faster and smoother with spray paint verses hand brushing.

This is what the mirror looked like before. As you can see in the photo, I used the scotch tape to tape off the edges of the mirror so that I could paint the edges of the frame.

Step three: Start painting! :) Here is a Facebook Live video of me demonstrating how I painted the frame. (The video did get cut off due to connection). As mentioned above, spray paint would have been a lot easier to work with, but since I didn't have any on hand but did have this sampler sized paint, I used a paint brush to use up what I already had on hand. After I finished painting it with three coats, I let it dry, then hung it up with a homemade evergreen wreath for this year's Christmas decor. Check out the final results below!

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Happy DIYing,


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Paint - Valspar Sampler
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2 questions
  • Gail
    on Jul 7, 2019

    Did your frame have a greenish tinge after a few weeks? I think I did something wrong, maybe I should have sealed the gold?

  • Richard A McShan
    Richard A McShan
    on Jul 18, 2020

    Just curious... do any of you have an idea towards recycling/repurposing that doesn't involve simply painted the item white? That seems to be the only idea any one has and is completely boring.

    • Momsandie
      on Feb 14, 2021

      I found a huge, ornate gold frame with an ugly, and I mean ugly, print mounted to foam core (glass had broken) and I made it into a pin board by covering the foam core (ugly picture and all) with thin batting and fabric, and reassembled into a custom piece. Is this what you mean by not 'simply painting the item' ?

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