Vintage Inspired Mirror Tutorial {Guest Post}


My friend Robin of All Thing Heart and Home is here today!  She always has something fun, crafty or delicious up her sleeve! Robin has one of the cutest blogs ever (not to mention she’s another Nikon girl )… so if you get a chance, hop on over and visit ..… I know you will be inspired by her too.


Thanks Cheryl for letting me hang out with you guys today! I’ve got a super easy, super cheap little project to show you!


I’m getting ready to redo my upstairs and I want to do a wall with vintage mirrors…but since that could be expensive I’ve been experimenting with making glass look like old mirrors!

This one doesn’t get any cheaper and easier!

Vintage Inspired Mirror Tutorial

Vintage Inspired Mirror Tutorial

I found this picture at the Good Will for under $2.00…plastic frame and all! I liked the shape so I thought I’d see what I could do with it…

Vintage Inspired Mirror

First I took the glass out and sprayed it silver…

Vintage Inspired Mirror

Then I used just a little spray on paint-stripper…and only left it on for a few seconds.

Vintage Inspired Mirror

Taking a dry paper towel I blotted the paint-stripper…as it dried I wiped it here and there…this is removing the silver and leaving room for the bronze color. You don’t want to take off too much. Here’s the beauty…if you don’t like the way it turns out you can take the paint off and start over!

When it’s completely dry, spray a bronze color over the entire surface…you shouldn’t be able to see through the glass. The back of the glass will look bronze but the front will have a pretty mix of the 2

Vintage Inspired Mirror

While the glass dried I spray painted the frame…this color is too bright for me but I sanded it after it dried and the gold showed through leaving it rather lovely. (I’ve also used this color as a base and then painted ivory over it and sanded …you can work with almost any color and make it work for you!)

Vintage Inspired Mirror


Vintage Inspired Mirror

Now, you won’t be able to see your cute reflection in this glass but on a wall of vintage mirrors I think I’ll look great and it was under two bucks since I had the spray paint!

Vintage Inspired Mirror

Vintage Inspired Mirror Tutorial


All Things Heart and HomeRobin and her husband are empty nesters living in the deep south.

She loves being home and nesting, decorating on a dime and cooking something yummy. All of this tickles her with joy! But not simply for the sake of  doing it, what she does in her home, she does with purpose. Every get-together, party or simple dinner is an opportunity to “set the stage for more important things”.  The more important things are showing her family how very much they are loved.  Thus, the “All Things Home”

But she also thinks a lot and feels things deeply and loves to write what’s in her heart.  Thus, the “All Things Heart”!  She passionately believe that each one of us is living, every day, the legacy we will leave when we’re gone. Robin is determined to live her legacy with intention.

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. Thank you Cheryl! So fun to be hanging out w/ the Tidymom today…love to you and your sweet readers!
    All Things Heart and Home

  2. So pretty!!! I can’t believe that’s a plastic frame…it looks fantastic!!!! Wonderful job…I’m adding it to my “do this now” list…;)

  3. LOVE this!!! Is turned out so beautiful! I will definitely have to try this technique on a project soon! I LOVE Robin’s page! I always find in to be so inspiring. She is such a beautiful person, inside, and out! 🙂
    Homemaker in Heels

  4. Such a great idea!!! Love this tutorial.

  5. This is such a cute idea! I think I’m going to hit up the Salvation Army store for more than kitchen props next time I’m there.

  6. Wow! I really love this! I don’t know how in the world you figured out how to make it…but I LOVE it. 🙂 Thanks.

  7. Gorgeous!! I would never have thought of such a thing. I love it!!

  8. Love it! I’ve had way too little craftiness going on at my house lately and am getting the bug to start “redoing” some things around here. Thanks for the intro to Robin!

  9. Very cool idea. I love the antiqued look on the frame.

  10. So pretty. Much admiration for such talented ladies!

  11. What a FABulous project! So easy & inexpensive! Great look!
    Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
    ;-D kathleen

  12. Okay~
    That is AMAZING!
    I LOVE the new vintage look!
    ANd I love Robin’s blog!
    Such a SWEET place!
    Hugs to you TidyMom!

  13. Love the transformation; such a lovely project!

  14. I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE the stained glass window on the wall. Gorgeous!

  15. This is WAY cute! Love trash to treasure!!!

  16. ok now that is just too cute!!! LOVE it!

  17. Too cool! Love the antique feel and the blue 😉

  18. Cheryl, Your photo looks gorgeous! How do you do that?! I’m preparing to return to work and create my own web site. I definitely could use some help from you and your photoshop artistry. Thanks!

  19. Love this! What a fun idea. I’m a big fan of crafty/home projects that I know I can pull off without my hubby’s help. He hates when my projects turn into his projects. And, I’m confident that I could actually do this!

  20. Great project!!!! You gave me an idea…….This would also work great as a tray!!!! You are one creative chic!!! Thanks for having Robin over!

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