ThriftyFabric Framed Mirror

One thing I always look for when I'm thrifting or sifting through yard sales is frames. There are so many great ways to repurpose them. Add a mirror to the mix and you can create a real show stopper! Here's how I recently upcycled a thrift store frame and mirror:
And here is how these pieces looked before:
They both had beautiful details in the frames and for around $3 each, I knew I'd eventually find a use for them.
Making this pretty fabric framed mirror was simple. I started with the frames of course, leftover fabric from a recent chair upholstery project (I used a curtain panel), and a piece of hard board, cut to fit the frame. (Hardboard is like peg board, but without the holes.)
First I painted my frames using DIY chalk paint, sanded them a bit to bring out the pretty details, and waxed them using Annie Sloan's clear soft wax.
I cut the fabric about an inch or so bigger than the hard board and then covered the hardboard using hot glue to secure the fabric:
Then I popped it back into the frame and secured it in place using small nails:
I put the mirror back also and secured it the same way. Then I hot glued the mirror frame to the center of my framed fabric panel. This is only to temporarily hold the mirror in place.
Flip the whole thing over and secure the frame more permanently with screws. I added one in each corner:
I am keeping this for myself, so I left the back as is. If it were heading for my shop, I would cover the back with brown craft paper.
Wasn't that so simple? I love how it turned out!
There are so many possibilities as far as fabrics go. You could make one to coordinate with any room in the house.
This was my final makeover in my March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days series. Follow the link below to see them all! :)
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  • Patricia Ann Morris Patricia Ann Morris on Apr 09, 2016
    Love. Love. Love. Anytime I read DIY repurposing I always hear about chalk paint. Can it be purchased without shopping online? Can a beginner work with that? Thanks for the great idea. Patty Morris

  • Love this. You have totally inspired me. I have a mirror with a heavy Moroccan frame. The mirror is not that big but the frame is bulky. I am moving it and need it to be larger. Finding a matching frame might be tricky.


    Question: it would need a strong attachment because its heavy. How would I do that without splitting the fram

  • Donna s. Donna s. on Jan 11, 2021

    What did you use to attach the mirrored frame to the other frame

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