How to spruce up a thrifted mirror

I alluded a few weeks ago to having some projects looming before our housewarming party. This thrift-store mirror was one of them.I knew I wanted a mirror in the bedroom to hang over my dresser to make it feel a little more like a vanity area. When I saw this mirror at an antique mall by my office, I had to have it. It was marked at $40, and I nicely asked if the price was fixed, and got it down to $32. Not too shabby.

When I got it home, it looked like this:

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Yep, gold paint with a faux distressed wash over it. It looked dirty and yucky.

So I taped it up for a big paint-job. I used regular painters tape in small pieces to fit together into an oval. I taped down some plain newsprint to protect the rest of the glass. This process was a total pain the butt and if I could have taken the glass out of the mirror without damaging it, I would have (and that is what I'd recommend if it's possible!)

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Next: painting. In hindsight I would have primed first, but I was in a hurry. In the end, it took an entire can of white spray paint and there are still a few spots that could use touching up (but I was on a time crunch and hung it anyway). I placed the mirror on a large piece of cardboard and painted outside for ventilation.

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All dried and in place!

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Pretty simple project for big results. And if you're wondering about my dresser, you can read all about ITS gorgeous makeover here.