I have a thing for mirrors… and frames… oh and wood chairs. At one time I think I had about five or six mirrors in my garage needing some TLC. Throw in a few frames and you’ve got the remnants of a successful estate sale trip.
I have refinished several mirrors that were once old dresser mirrors. Refinish them and put a wire hanger on the back and voila you’ve got beautiful decor to add to your wall.
Frames are used these days for more than framing a picture or a piece of art: You can layer them, place a wreath or mirror in the center, there are so many options. Even inexpensive frames are worth grabbing and painting.
What’s even better is that you don’t even need the frame’s glass. Which for me is pretty great because most frames you find at garage sales and estate sales don’t have the glass any longer anyway. They are usually less expensive too.
Here are some ideas for using frames in creative ways, and some before and afters of mirrors transformed.
I know the pictures on this one aren’t great but hopefully, you can see the lovely transformation.
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This is one of my favorites! I was told this frame was approximately 100 years old. It has 5 different layers all nailed together. It’s gorgeous and hanging above the bed in our guest bedroom. I made the wreath myself out of a garland of greenery I purchased at Hobby Lobby similar to this one.
This old Tell City dresser mirror had beautiful beginnings. It just needed a new direction! I flipped it around and added wrought ion backplate hardware similar to this one, and new glass knobs similar to this. Now it’s a grand statement mirror.
I was very pleased with how this frame turned out! I used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Province over old White and wet distressed it to allow some of the gold to shine through. I think it added great dimension by adding a small mirror inside it to compliment this guest bathroom.
Before you throw out a frame with a broken glass or broken mirror think again. You can totally transform it into decor with some paint and ingenuity. I actually have several more that I’ll save for another post someday. Until then keep your eye out for frames and mirrors. They can usually be transformed in a day, and for those of us who like our projects done yesterday, that’s a win-win!
From my heart to your home,