Before & After — Katy’s Goodwill Mirror

by Katy on April 18, 2014 · 6 comments

The following is a reprint of a previously published post. Enjoy!

I recently came in possession of an antique Goodwill mirror in dire need of a spruce up. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it, so I hung it on the wall to ponder for, oh . . six months or so. (It’s important not to rush these decisions.) It looked like it had been primed and then left as-is. As is often the case, my painting decision was influenced by what kind of paint I could get for free, and it turned out that my mother was the proud owner of an almost full can of Krylon metallic “Brass Mettalic” spray paint.

I chose to think of it as gold.

Here’s what I did:


I took a piece of sandpaper and lightly sanded the mirror.

Don’t you love the detail at the top of the mirror?


I took newspaper and covered all the glass up. This took awhile, and I kept thinking that there must be a better and easier way to do this.


I layed a drop cloth down in the back yard to spray the wooden frame. I made sure to start and end the spray before hitting the wood. This, I learned watching HGTV’s “Design Star.” (See? All the cable TV I watched last summer finally came in handy!) Needless to say, I waited until the weather was warm and dry, which perhaps explains why this Oregonian waited so long to complete her project.


The final product. It’s awfully shiny, but I’ve decided that I like it this way. Perhaps a little more “Disney Princess” than my normal decor style, but I love it!

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Dawn April 18, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Lovely! The beveled glass is so pretty. I like it!


JESSICA April 18, 2014 at 9:38 pm

pretty! If you have a roll of contact paper, thats another option for covering the glass while you paint, I have used that method a couple of times for mirrors; the only downside is that you can’t recycle it (but can you recycle newspaper that has paint on it anyway?)


Lynda April 18, 2014 at 11:49 pm

It makes sense in that corner against an aubergine coloured wall. Sorry, eggplant 🙂


Katy April 19, 2014 at 7:52 am

Although I’ve since moved the mirror, as I bought another antique mirror after this one.


Kay April 19, 2014 at 3:50 am

Nice! Now you can you recite ” Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Whose the Thriftiest of them All?” every morning? ;o)


Katy April 19, 2014 at 7:52 am

I will now!


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