DIY Gorgeous, Painted Accent Mirrors

6 Materials
5 Minutes

If you have been looking for your next DIY project, the search is finally over! Add an incredible decor piece to your home with these amazing painted accent mirrors. Not only is this project fun and easy to do but it is super quick as well. This DIY will leave you with the most beautiful mirrors that will completely add to your space! If you want to learn the ins and outs of making these stunning pieces, my tutorial is definitely for you! Follow my simple, step-by-step guide, and begin creating these modern, painted accent mirrors.

Tools and materials:

  • Mirrors
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Alcohol ink
  • Dropper
  • Kamar varnish
  • UV seal
Painted accent mirror

Clean the mirrors

To start off this DIY, make sure that you clean the mirrors. I like to use isopropyl alcohol to wipe them down, removing any dirt, dust, or marks. When working with alcohol it’s always a good idea to pop on a safety mask, especially if you’re working indoors. 

Add ink

Add alcohol ink 

It’s always nice to have a range of colors to work with. Use the alcohol inks and spread them onto the mirror. I decided to create a dark to bright pattern adding drops of gold along the way. You can get totally creative with your colors and design! 

DIY accent mirror

Drop on alcohol 

To create the desired effect, use a dropper to spread some isopropyl alcohol on your inked area. The dropper definitely helps control the amount of alcohol being used and can help spread the ink better. 

How to paint accent mirrors

Spread around 

Next, pick up the mirror and gently move it to spread the ink around a little. I am so obsessed with the beautiful, ethereal effect the alcohol creates. If you wanted to, you can use a hairdryer to move the ink around but I love the soft look moving the alcohol around creates. 

Make more mirrors

For the second mirror, I chose to use the blue ink and run it into the red but as I said before, feel free to get creative with your color choices! Repeat the same steps as before to create another amazing mirror.

Seal the paint

Seal the paint 

If you want to have your mirrors looking this incredible permanently, spray them with Kamar varnish and then seal them with a UV product so that the alcohol ink doesn’t fade. If not, to get the mirrors back to normal all you have to do is wipe them down with some more isopropyl alcohol. 

Modern accent mirror

These painted accent mirrors are just gorgeous! Where would you put these in your home? Let me know in the comments below! 

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  • Rubyskye Rubyskye on Jan 02, 2021

    is the mirror reflective after applying the inks?

  • M Jane Olbricht M Jane Olbricht on Dec 23, 2022

    Could this be done on glass for hanging in windows?

  • Fci12704241 Fci12704241 on Mar 02, 2023

    Where can you buy these mirrors, they look very flat against the wall so how are they attached? I really love the look. Thank you!

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  • Edy Watkins Edy Watkins on Dec 23, 2022

    I would hang them in my museum as an art installation - oh wait, I don't have a museum... They are lovely, I agree with Gayle - I would hang these in my foyer.

  • Kathryn Kathryn on Dec 24, 2022

    I do not like mirrors. I have the minimum necessity. Love this idea to use on mirrors that are in the garage. Thank you.