Picture Frame Remix- The Vanity Tray

Picture Frame Remix- The Vanity Tray

It’s hard not to love a pretty mirrored vanity tray on your dresser. And there are a lot of options available- from plain beveled mirrors, to brass filigree, to large hand mirrors given a new purpose. Some (not all) can be a little pricey, so I wanted to give the ole’ DIY a try using a rectangular picture frame and some special paint.

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Here are the materials I used:

On one of my many thrifting adventures, I had purchased this nicely constructed picture frame- not entirely in part due to the vodka box cardboard used to back the glass.

Thrift store picture frame to be repurposed as DIY mirrored vanity tray or jewelry tray using Krylon Looking Glass spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Absolut frame perfection…get it??

After taking the backing off and the glass pane out of the frame, I assembled my materials to start mirror-fying the glass using Krylon’s Looking Glass mirror paint.

Thrift store picture frame to be repurposed as DIY mirrored vanity tray or jewelry tray using Krylon Looking Glass spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s give this a go…

In a well-ventilated area (i.e., my back yard), I sprayed a light coat of Looking Glass on the frame glass. It dried Über-quickly.

Thrift store picture frame to be repurposed as DIY mirrored vanity tray or jewelry tray using Krylon Looking Glass spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The unpainted side will be the reflective side.

To give my vanity tray mirror a slightly worn look (not quite Mercury glass, but not shiny-bright mirror), I misted some vinegar-water mixture (50/50 to 70/30, vinegar to water) between coats of Looking Glass, blotting off the droplets with a damp paper towel and a scrap of dry linen.

Thrift store picture frame to be repurposed as DIY mirrored vanity tray or jewelry tray using Krylon Looking Glass spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The “aging” ingredients…

Thrift store picture frame to be repurposed as DIY mirrored vanity tray or jewelry tray using Krylon Looking Glass spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A little spritz here and there…

After several alternating coats of Looking Glass and vinegar mix (5-7 coats), I let the mirror “cure” overnight. In the interim, I spray painted the wooden frame a pretty robin’s egg blue which also dried overnight. Then I reassembled the frame, err…mirrored vanity tray.

Thrift store picture frame to be repurposed as DIY mirrored vanity tray or jewelry tray using Krylon Looking Glass spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Almost done…

One final step- I wanted to add some padding to the entire back of the frame to prevent scratching the top of my dresser. We had some leftover sheets of thin foam filter that my husband used as the fan filter in our computer- I have also seen it used in air conditioner wall units. I cut it to size and glued it along the edge of the frame.

Thrift store picture frame to be repurposed as DIY mirrored vanity tray or jewelry tray using Krylon Looking Glass spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

No scratches on my dresser!

I swear, the moment I laid my vanity tray on the dresser, some of my favorite pieces of jewelry hopped right on it! Such vain little sparkly bits, don’t they know that’s how Narcissus drowned?

Thrift store picture frame to be repurposed as DIY mirrored vanity tray or jewelry tray using Krylon Looking Glass spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Mirror, mirror, as a tray. Which pretty jewel shall I wear today?

Not too shabby, eh? And a great way to reinvent the thrifted picture frame! Speaking of which, check out all the unique ways I’ve repurposed thrift store picture frames here

Craft on!

S


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Comments

  1. Love it!! I need to make me one for my dresser 😉 Gotta get that paint!!

    Thanks for sharing!!
    Pinning it!

  2. Love the glass paint. I haven’t used it yet, but I’m amazed at how wonderful it looks. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  3. Such a lovely place to display your jewelry! Thanks for the tip about what you used on the back of the tray.
    Thanks for sharing on Show-Licious. Pinning!
    ~ Ashley

  4. Hi Sadie I love this project! The color is fantastic, so beachy and bright… my problem is that I would fill it up SO fast with all of my hair doo dads and earrings! But it’s totally cute and I’m glad I found your blog. I found you through “My Repurposed Life” linky party “Catch as Catch Can”… hope you will stop by and let me know what you think of my blog too! Michelle // http://www.chellebellestyle.blogspot.com

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