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:
- Wood picture frame
- Krylon Looking Glass spray paint
- Spray bottle of white vinegar and water
- Paper towel/soft linen towel
- Other spray paint for frame
- Cardboard and nails (to back glass/mirror)
- Foam/Felt (for back of frame)
- Small nails and hammer (to re-secure the mirror and cardboard backing)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.