Repurpose a Picture Frame Into a Mirror

July 10, 2014Allison Murray
turn a picture frame into a mirror

turn a picture frame into a mirror

So I stumbled upon this picture frame at a garage sale in my parents’ neighborhood. It was pretty alright and in decent shape. I saw it and liked it but decided it wasn’t for me. But as I walked around I kept thinking about that darn picture frame. I mean, it was 2 bucks. What would it hurt to just grab it? No, it would not!

turn a picture frame into a mirror

So I took it home and it just sat in a box for a few weeks. I kept thinking that it would be crazy awesome if purple but I didn’t know what I would put inside of it. I decided that a mirror would be, for lack of a better modifier right now, awesome and went about trying to find one in the right shape or size. Ha! That was just totally nuts and I have no idea what I was thinking. It must have been “I totally want to kill the next 3 hours looking for the mirror equivalent of snipe”.

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And then I changed tactics and got in touch with a few glass/mirror shops. Good news! They can totally do it! Bad news… they wanted over a hundred bucks for it. Um, no. Never. You must be crazy.

So then I bought up a can of Rustoleum Mirror Effect and got after it.

turn a picture frame into a mirror

First I pulled the glass out and cleaned it really, really well with alcohol. But only on one side.

turn a picture frame into a mirror

Pay attention to which side you spray if only cleaning one side, or HECK clean both sides. Because I totally sprayed the wrong side. Yep, the side with weird stranger smudges on it (sigh).

This spray is darn easy to use and dries crazy fast. Read the can and get after it and you’re fab.

Change up the frame anyway you see fit… bedazzle it, cover it in glitter or spray paint it.

turn a picture frame into a mirror

Let dry before putting your picture frame, er, mirror back together and you’re all set.

Now see those hideous smudges above? Totally my fault.  BUT I fully intend to scrape away the paint and start all over again because I do REALLY like this paint. The effect is kind of hazy, like an old mirror. Definitely NOT crystal clear like a modern day mirror, but it’s definitely reflecting and totally charming. Love!

What do you think? Will you repurpose a picture frame into a mirror yourself?

Comments (5)

  • Cindy

    July 10, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    I had no idea they made a mirror kind of paint. This is so much fun and it would be a great project for kids maybe 7 or 8+, with supervision and the correct safety measures, goggles, breathing masks, rubber gloves. This is a great idea!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • MsKat

    July 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Where I work they sell this mirror paint, and I always wondered how well it works, but nobody seems to have tried it. Now that I know, I am thinking of all sorts of projects!

  • Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods

    July 13, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    Love the color of your “new” mirror! I had no idea there is such a thing as mirror paint!
    ~ Ashley

  • Peggy

    July 13, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    I never knew they had mirror spray now can’t wait to find a project to use it.

  • Val Kelly

    July 11, 2017 at 3:31 AM

    Thanks for sharing…just what I was looking for.
    Your new mirror looks really funky. x

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