Thrifty DIY Makeover: $13 Mirror Upcycle!

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I am the first person to admit I entered into the home-buying process with delusions on grandeur, but I will save the majority of that story for another day. When my husband and I purchased our house I believed that we could tackle the decorating processes and our new house would feel like home within a year. This would have been fine if I hadn’t committed to finding unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that I could upcycle and fill my house with. Also, here’s a simple math equation:

1970’s wallpaper in every room

+ 45 plus hour work week

+ my husband’s 50 plus hour work week

= a challenge.

There was no way our 4 bedroom, 3 bath house would come together as soon as I had imagined.

To give you an idea of just how bad it was, here is a before picture of our dining room:


This is currently the only room we have given a real makeover, and even though we’re still not completely done–it is the most complete room in our house. Once it’s completely done, I will do a before and after, but I have one more project for the wall before I do that :).

One of my favorite pieces in this room is this vintage junky mirror I found at the thrift store.

I saw it and knew it had potential, so I scooped it up for about $8 bucks. My color pallete is an ocean blue, coral, tan, and stark white. Because the wall was blue I decided to make the mirror white with a coral accent.


Before ❤


After ❤

Here is what you’ll need to dress your thrift store find up:

  • Mirror
  • Fabric Flowers
  • Spray Paint
  • Screw Driver
  • Pizza Box
  • Hot Glue Gun


  • First, you’ll need is to disassemble your mirror. Usually the mirror itself is screwed into the frame. Take a screw driver and unscrew the frame and wipe everything down—then let dry.
  • Next, disassemble a pizza box. I didn’t have one, so I used a garbage bag which I DO NOT recommend. the paint will dry and make a weird patter on the edge of your frame. Place your mirror on the pizza box in a well ventilated area.
  • Spray paint away! This particular mirror needed 3 coats. This process can take the better part of a day including dry time, so be sure that it’s a sunny day if you are doing this outside.
  • Once your spray paint is completely dry, start to glue gun your flowers. Tip: The glue is HOT and your flowers will probably have plastic stems, try to glue the fabric to the mirror instead of the plastic pieces. I added flower bundles in the top left and bottom right corner, as to not overpower the pretty frame. In my opinion, the more flowers—the tackier it will look.
  • Lastly, reassemble the mirror, wipe it down, and hang!


A bunch of these little finds and upcycling projects have gotten me to the point where I feel great about tackling the bigger projects in my house—so stay tuned for more how-tos and a few personal decorating taboos that I hate! (bold gender specific colors in children’s rooms, purple paint [reminds me of the creepiest McDonald’s character, Grimace], nautical everything, and fuzzy toilet seat covers—sorry Grandma ❤

Have a great rest of your Sunday and enjoy the Super-Blood-Havest Total Lunar Eclipse!


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