How to Make a Mirrored Vanity Tray from Wooden Picture Frames

How to Make a Mirrored Vanity Tray from Wooden Picture Frames

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. A vintage mirrored perfume tray can be pricey, so why not make one from wooden picture frames from the thrift store?

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Here are the materials I used:

  • Wood picture frame
  • Mirror 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)
  • Glue
  • Small nails and hammer (to re-secure the mirror and cardboard backing)

How to Make a Mirrored Vanity Tray

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.

Upcycling wooden picture frames into mirrored vanity tray with mirror spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Absolut frame perfection…get it??

After taking the backing off and glass out of one of my wooden picture frames, I assembled my materials to start mirror-fying the glass using Krylon’s Looking Glass mirror spray paint.

Mirror spray paint or Krylon looking glass paint to create mirrored vanity tray from wooden picture frames 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 mirror spray paint on the frame glass. It dried super quickly.

Using mirror spray paint on glass from vintage picture frames to make mirrored vanity tray by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The unpainted side will be the reflective side.

To give the “mirror” of my mirrored vanity tray 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 light coats of the mirror spray paint, blotting off the droplets with a damp paper towel and a scrap of dry linen.

Using vinegar water spray after mirror spray paint to create mercury glass on vintage picture frames by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The “aging” ingredients…

Several coats of this…

Creating faux mercury glass with mirror spray paint and vinegar on upcycled wooden picture frames by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A little spritz here and there…

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

Reassembling wooden picture frames to make mirrored vanity tray or mirrored perfume tray by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready to become a mirrored vanity tray!

And securing the cardboard backing with small picture frame nails…

Upcycling wooden picture frames into mirrored vanity tray or mirrored perfume tray by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Almost done…

One final step- I wanted to add some padding to the entire back of the wooden picture frames to prevent scratching the top of my dresser. We had some leftover sheets of thin foam filter that I cut it to size and glued it along the edge of the frame.

Attaching foam to back of vintage picture frames that have been upcycled into mirrored vanity tray by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just to protect my dresser top…

Gluing foam to back of wooden picture frames that has been repurposed into mirrored perfume tray by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

There we go!

Mirrored Vanity Tray from Wooden Picture Frames

I swear, the moment I laid my mirrored 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?

How to make a mirrored vanity tray by upcycling wooden picture frames with mirror 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 some wooden picture frames or vintage picture frames! I couldn’t be happier with how my mirrored vanity tray or mirrored perfume tray turned out.

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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