Blackened Mirror

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Add some paint to update an outdated mirror.  By Girl in the Garage

My garage is currently filled with several partially completed “big” furniture projects.  Big = many of them have broken or damaged parts and need extra time and TLC to make them functional and pretty again.  I work on them a little each day but sometimes I’ll take a break and try to get a quick project done in the meantime.

You’ve probably seen mirrors like these many times at Goodwill and passed them over without too much of a second glance.  The bright gold frame doesn’t exactly scream “current and stylish decor.”

Add some paint to update an outdated mirror.  By Girl in the Garage

So I used black paint to give it a more modern vibe, but I left some of the gold peeking through to give it a hint of an aged appearance.  Modern/aged – makes perfect sense together, right?   😉   It may sound strange but I think it turned out pretty well.

Add some paint to update an outdated mirror.  By Girl in the Garage

Add some paint to update an outdated mirror.  By Girl in the Garage

I think it looks great with my upcycled crate table.

Add some paint to update an outdated mirror.  By Girl in the Garage

 Even a quick makeover can make a huge impact on your home decor!

And maybe the next time you see one of these mirrors at Goodwill, you’ll imagine the possibilities…


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9 Comments on Blackened Mirror

  1. Debbie-dabble
    May 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm (6 years ago)

    Looks great !! Love the finish on it!!


  2. Jocie @ The Better Half
    May 23, 2013 at 1:39 pm (6 years ago)

    I love the look, especially with the upcycled table! There’s a store in downtown Baltimore called Second Chance where I find a lot of “treasures”. I’ll have to keep an eye out for something like this. Also, thanks for linking it up at The Humble Brag. I hope you’ll come back for this weeks party.
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  3. Katie
    July 14, 2013 at 11:00 pm (6 years ago)

    HI, I’m a new reader!
    I think we had the exact same (hideously gold) mirror in our bathroom when we moved into our house. I took it apart and painted it….. WHITE!!!!!!
    So amazing what a couple coats of paint can do!

    • Jen
      July 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm (6 years ago)

      OOH I bet it looks really pretty in white!

  4. 217SHR
    July 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Jen~ I’m just new to Pinterest and have picked your article to look at first. You are doing a great job with your furniture redos! I am starting to do chalk painting on old furniture that I get in my shop that probably would not sell. Practicing my technique on some old wooden shelves. Do you know about metallic paints? I have done faux finishes on walls, cabinets, for 10 years and love the look of adding a copper or antique bronze as the final coat! The brand that I use is Modern Masters and is sold in quart plastic bottles. It would look great in antique copper added just a bit to your black finished mirror. Yes, I have several gold mirrors in shop that I will soon be repainting (faux finishing) with the MM paints. Try them and just have FUN! Susan


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