Repainting a Mirror

Finally made some time to repaint my recent estate sale finds! Repainting the headboard was a bit of a headache since I was too lazy to detach it from my bed frame prior to slapping on the paint, but the mirror repaint was a cinch–see walk-through below.

Things you’ll need:

  1. Spraypaint — I used a glossy black interior/exterior can of paint from Rust-Oleum
  2. Medium-grit sandpaper — to provide a rough surface for the new paint to stick to
  3. Newspapers or dropcloths — to protect the surface you spray on
  4. Painter’s tape and paper — to cover the mirror if it can’t be detached from the frame
  5. Screwdriver — to remove the mirror if it can be detached from the frame
  6. Rubber gloves (optional) — to protect your hands from the spray paint nozzle
Step 1: remove the mirror from the frame (for mirrors that don’t come apart, you’ll need to cover the glass with paper and secure in place with painter’s tape after step 2).
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Step 2: Lightly sand the frame to provide a rough surface for the paint to stick to. Do this outside if you can so you don’t have sandpaper dust flying all over the place.

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This is also a good time to clean the mirror glass.

Step 3: On a flat surface outside (preferably someplace out of the wind), spread out papers or dropcloth so it’s a foot or so wider than the object you’re painting. I had to anchor my paper with a few rocks so the breeze wouldn’t flip the pages up onto my frame.
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Step 4: Spray away! Most spray-paint cans advise you do this in a well-ventilated area, holding the can about ten inches away from the surface you’re painting, and moving the can in overlapping strokes. The type of paint I used covered very thoroughly on the first pass, but you can do a second coat as needed.
Step 5: The paint I used was dry to the touch in about 20 minutes, but wouldn’t fully dry for a few hours, so I moved the frame indoors (with the windows open), where it could dry peacefully without being exposed to dust and dirt blowing around outside.
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Step 6: Once the frame is dry, remove the paper & tape protecting the glass, or replace the glass and backing you removed. Hang your mirror, and enjoy!
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Before: antique gold

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After: glossy black

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