How to “Glam” up a Vintage Mirror


There is always a thrill of finding an awesome garage sale find.  This time I found it – a vintage mirror that needed a little “glam” makeover.  The lines and carved floral detail would be beautiful painted.  I knew this mirror could be transformed into a stunning piece no longer a pass me by at a garage sale.

This is where it started.  Check out the lines…

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I really liked the detailing and thought the chips and nicks could be painted and “glammed” up nicely.  Here is how it looked with a little  makeover.

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This picture is not a close up, so let’s get close up.

The mirror was first painted with Annie Sloan Pure White.  Annie Sloan is so easy to use and covers great! I have found that Pure White takes two, if not three coats of paint, but it is so much easier than priming any day.

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After painting white, I used a little Pewter Rub ‘n Buff in areas.

Yes, I know, I need a manicure and don’t you just love the paint all over my hands?

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Rub ‘n Buff has great coverage and is easy to apply.  I put a little on my fingertip and applied it to the “pearl” looking balls around the inside of the mirror and distressed lightly.

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 I also added Rub ‘n Buff to the scroll detailing to the perimeter of the mirror.

Lightly distressing these areas gives dimension and texture.

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Here is more dimension and texture on the scroll of the mirror.

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Here you can see the detailing of the mirror…

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Very little pewter was added to the flower.  The flower was mostly distressed to achieve this look.

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Here it is…  Complete.

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    1. Hey Betsy,
      Thank you! I am glad you are a Rub n’ Buff girl too, it is a great product that has awesome coverage power. 🙂

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