I found this pub mirror at Goodwill for under $2. I could tell it hadn't reached its full potential so I decided to do something about it.
Antique Mirror Effect on Tray
I’ve been on a turn-anything-you-can-find-into-a- tray kick lately. With that being said, I decided to turn this mirror I found at Goodwill for $1.99 into, what else, a tray. My first order of business was to remove the mirror and take off the hooks. That left a couple of holes so I filled it with Minwax wood filler and sanded it.
Next step was to paint it. I perused through my vast supply of left-over homemade chalk paint and opted for a light turquoise color. I painted it, then sanded it, focusing on the edges to give it a slightly distressed finished. Hobby Lobby was having a sale on their handles and knobs. I chose a couple, not caring about the color because I knew I was going to end up painting them. (What color? I wouldn’t know until I was finished.) They ended up costing me a couple of dollars for each of them.
Next, I moved on to the mirror. I had found a blog that had explained how to give mirrors an antiqued look but I wanted to go a step further with it. My first step was to turn the mirror over, reflective side down, and spray it with a paint stripper. After going through my many options, I decided on Citristrip. If I’m not mistaken, it’s one of the safest out there plus there aren’t any harsh odors. I sprayed the back of the mirror and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then I got out my plastic scraper and scraped the gray paint off. (That was sort of a messy step. In other words, you might want to slip out of your ball gown before doing it.) Afterwards, I washed the remaining stripper off with soap and water.
I used caution on the next step. It involves muriatic acid. (Please read and follow the directions on the back.) I donned rubber gloves and safety glasses then carefully poured a little bit into a spray bottle. (Keep in mind that this spray bottle needs to be discarded in the safest way possible after use. Muriatic acid is bad stuff I tell you.) I sprayed the acid on the back of the mirror, focusing mainly on the edges, waited about a minute and dabbed it lightly with a paper towel. I had to do this a few times until I achieved the desired effect.
I waited until Michael’s was having a sale on their scrapbook paper then chose a few sheets of different floral designs. (Geez, I’m sure glad I waited for the sale. I think I saved myself $0.30 in all. Why am I so cheap?) I cut it out the exact size of the mirror, painted on a thin layer of Mod Podge and stuck it to the back of the mirror. Once I replaced the mirror into the frame, I decided on a color to paint the tray handles.
After everything’s said and done, this is the finished project. I was so excited to see how the mirror turned out. In fact, now I’m going around my home wanting to do this same effect on ALL of them.
- Pub mirror (Goodwill)
- Minwax wood filler (Lowe's)
- Handles (2) (Hobby Lobby)
- Citristrip (Lowe's)
- Muriatic acid (Lowe's)
- Rustoleum metallic paint (Walmart)