How to Paint a Mirror Frame

Updated July 20, 2017

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Things You'll Need

  • 1 quart of paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Sandpaper
  • Painter's tape
  • Glass cleaner
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Joanne Panico has been writing since 2008, producing articles for eHow. She owns Simply Uncluttered, where she helps clients organize their homes, small businesses and finances. Her favorite writing topics are organization, personal finance and decorating. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in finance and a minor in management information systems.