The transformation of this mirror that sat in a cabinet for years is my favorite DIY mirror ever! This is the easiest and most remarkable DIY!
My favorite DIY projects are the ones that are easy and look like they were never a DIY. This mirror looks like a vintage chippy mirror. In reality, it is a newer mirror that looks vintage and amazing. I also spent less than two hours making this DiY mirror.
How to Make My Favorite DIY Mirror with Milk Paint
I am kind of embarrassed to admit that I have had this mirror for about twenty years. I bought it at the Rose Bowl Flea Market for $20.
It was an unusual color, kind of a gilded brown. I bought it to go in my old office (now known as the craft room) because the walls were brown paneling and I thought it would look great hanging against the paneling.
Fortunately, I transformed my craft room from brown paneling to white paneling. And suddenly the mirror didn’t fit anywhere in our home.
A few years ago I was shopping at the Rose Bowl Flea Market on Mother’s Day and I bought these two vintage scones for $75 each. These are the real deal and I cannot believe how amazing they look.
I was worried the DIY mirror would look too skinny in the spot I had picked out in the Carriage House. The minute I saw these sconces I knew they would look perfect on each side of the mirror. I did negotiate the price a bit and I am so excited that I found these!
With the crystal chandelier hanging over the table, these sconces are just the perfect addition to the Carriage House.
Just to put it in perspective, here is the area on the right where I added the mirror and sconces. It is just above the cabinet with the marble top.
Look how empty the area looks before I added the mirror and vintage cabinet.
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How to Paint a DIY Mirror with Milk Paint
What You Need to Make This Craft
- Old Fashioned Milk Paint – Oyster (I used 1/2 package for my mirror.)
- Paint brush
- Medium grain sand paper
- Paint tape
- Polycrylic sealer
I am sure you were wondering what the mirror looked like before the transformation. This is it! It was primarily a brown shiny mirror, but over time it was pretty scratched up (as you can see here). This mirror had been in storage for about four years.
The first thing you need to do is to sand the mirror. Milk paint won’t adhere if you have any varnish so I tried to sand as much as I could without taking off the color.
The surprise was the glitter that I sanded off. I hadn’t realized that the paint had a metallic finish!
This is what the mirror looked like after I sanded it. It wasn’t pretty but it did the job. As you can see I actually didn’t sand that much!
Next, I mixed up the Milk Paint. Mix equal parts of warm water and the powdered paint. Stir for about two minutes (read the instructions on the bag for mixing instructions).
Cover the entire mirror with paint as much as possible. One thick coat of paint should work.
This is how the mirror looked after it was painted. As you can see, I covered it pretty thoroughly.
Let the paint dry overnight.
The next morning there were some areas of the paint that had bubbled and looked chippy. It’s awesome! And exactly what I had hoped for.
If some areas are too chippy, just cover them with more paint.
If you want a more chippy look, take some sandpaper and lightly sand some of the edges where natural wear and tear might have happened.
Here is an up-close look at the chippy paint around the design on the top of the mirror.
Once you like how it looks, cover the mirror with a thick coat of polyacrylic to prevent more paint from chipping off.
This is how the mirror looked when I first hung it. Not bad, huh?
I added the two crystal sconces and some copper candlesticks and some fresh flowers. I am so in love with this look. It is just incredible.
For a while, I was considering painting this cabinet. Thank goodness I didn’t paint it.
So, what do you think?
Frequently Asked Questions
Milk paint automatically produces a bubbly paint texture, which is a perfect “chippy” distressed look. It creates the perfect vintage look for DIY furniture and wood projects.
No. Milk paint comes in a powder form and will bubble and create a chippy look when it dries. You also need to sand your wood piece to remove any varnish when using milk paint. Chalk Paint has a heavy smooth finish and you will have to sand it if you want a chippy look.
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