The Easy Way to Paint a Framed Mirror

April 22, 2013Allison Murray
Paint a framed mirror the easy way with Dream a Little Bigger

I’ve spray painted a whole lot of things in my life. Too many to count, really. But since I painted my poodle lamp with glossy white enamel spray paint, I want everything to be glossy white enamel.

My master/half bath is a small little space and it’s been in flux for almost as long as I have lived here. I quickly painted it a light, bright blue and used some things from Russell’s old place to decorate it up but it was never really to my taste.

One of these things was an incredibly freaky Asian mask (you can see a stock photo of it here, from my incredibly short stint trying to be a freelance stock photographer – portfolio here)  that I absolutely hated. I felt like it was staring at me and I only got the courage to proclaim my absolute distaste for the thing about a year ago. I don’t know where that creature is nowadays and I don’t care…

On this day I decided that I was worth a new coat of paint and some changes in my little WC and I got after it. This included painting the black frame around my mirror that glossy enamel white. Plus I have a few plans up my sleeve that I’m really stoked about and I plan on sharing as they happen.


But I digress. I brought my mirror into my office and started shoving paper up under the frame and taping off the glass when I stopped and turned the mirror over. There were screws back there. I sat there for a time wondering… do I just do this the way I’ve always done it? Or do I take this thing apart? I might find out that I can’t get it back together but I won’t know unless I try.

Paint a framed mirror the easy way with Dream a Little Bigger

I decided to tear the sucker apart. In the end, I have much, much cleaner results and, surprisingly, it was so much faster. The amount of time it takes to tape the mirror off well is a much bigger chunk than I had even realized.

Now the very back of my mirror is a really sturdy cardboard. Then there are two pieces of plain old corrugated cardboard in between. Then the mirror sits on top of the plastic of the frame. Be sure to put your screws somewhere you can find them, like in a jar and place your mirror somewhere safe, I put mine on my soft and cushy bed.

The frame went outside where it received two coats of paint. By the by, I’m not sponsored or paid by this company but I absolutely love Rustoleums glossy enamel spray paint. I’m on my second can and I have never, ever primed anything. Plus I’ve never had to paint more than two coats with an occasional spot touch after. AND the finish is really, really strong. I rammed the mirror’s frame into the door jam on my way back in the house and it didn’t suffer for it at all.

Paint a framed mirror the easy way with Dream a Little Bigger

Oh, and be sure to clean your mirror really, really well while you have the opportunity. It’s amazing the kind of gunk that will settle in places you can’t clean, like on the glass just inside the rim of the frame. I prefer to use a razor blade to clean my mirrors and finish up with a go over with a healthy amount of rubbing alcohol on newspaper. Perfect clean every time.

Now, getting my mirror back together was slightly more difficult than I had guessed. I screwed it back together only to have the pieces separate when I went to pick the mirror up. Apparently my cardboard back wasn’t matching up perfectly and while it felt like the screws were making contact, they were just beside the hole every time.

My mirror is close to a decade old so you may not  have this problem, but if you do, carefully match up one and the rest will follow. No big.

And, voila! There she is. I’ve discovered quite a few things now that this mirror is white. First of all my mirror is off center by about an inch and a half to the left. Grrr. Second of all, the bright white helps reflect light or something. When I look in closely, I swear I can see my face better to put on makeup or see what my pores are up to.

All in all, this is a simple little project that took no time at all but made a huge difference to the decor. It’s gotten me kick started and I’ve purchased paint and some new bathroom accessories to get this itty bitty room beautiful and 100% Allison style!

Hope your Monday is super fantastic!

Comments (2)

  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    April 24, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    It really is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. This rehab is reFAB! (Sorry, cheesy, I know, but it's true.) I have a ton of black picture frames that I have been wanting to spray paint white…this just might work on them! Thanks for the tip on your favorite Rustoleum. Duly noted!

  • Allison Murray

    April 24, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Thanks, Lauren… and no problems with being cheesy. It's just one of the many reasons I like you!

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