How to Paint a Mirror Frame

Written by joanne panico
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Large or small, circular or square, a mirror can be a beautiful centrepiece for a room's decor. With a can of paint and some creativity, it's simple to turn an old mirror into a stylish accessory and change the entire look of a space.

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Things you need

  • 1 quart of paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Sandpaper
  • Painter's tape
  • Glass cleaner

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    Select a paint colour and finish. Use a satin finish paint for a traditional or rustic look and gloss finish if the decor is modern or contemporary. Select a cream or off-white paint colour for a cottage or beach theme and black for traditional, rustic, contemporary or modern decor. Consider colours such as red, blue, pink or purple for a child's room.

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    Adhere painter's tape to the glass portion of the mirror, as close to the frame as possible, around the mirror's perimeter.

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    Lightly sand the mirror frame, then dust off residue. Apply two coats of paint, allowing for dry time in between coats. Use an angled brush to apply paint carefully near the edges where the frame meets the painter's tape. Brush in one direction.

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    Gently peel away the painter's tape and clean the mirror with a glass cleaner.

  5. 5

    Lightly sand away some of the paint from the edges of the mirror if the decor is shabby chic or cottage.

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