DIY mirror

I could kick myself for not taking a before picture of this DIY mirror. So I am going to ask you to close your eyes and picture the before for me.

I moved to San Diego in 2010 and quickly found one of my favorite weekend hangouts: Kobey’s Swap Meet at the Sports Arena. My first trip there yielded two Asian panels in oversize frames. Picture an old, faded, torn Asian print behind plexiglass where the glass mirror now lives. I paid $30 for the pair!


I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do with them initially. I thought about adding fabric panels on top of the Asian prints. I thought about turning the pair of panels into a headboard (the Asian prints were oriented vertically).

But after I finished painting, wallpapering, and hanging curtains in the dining room, I decided the big bare wall was the perfect place for one of the panels. I just needed to turn it into a mirror. I painted the wood frame using the same technique I use to paint furniture, but I used Krylon’s Ivory spray paint in a gloss finish instead. Then I had the fabulous team at RB Glass & Mirror cut and install the mirror for me. So easy. And the entire huge mirror only cost $35, including supplies. The other one went to my brother’s house and is hung in his family room above the sofa.

Don’t have an Asian print to transform into a mirror? How about an old window frame?

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A collection of plain picture frames?

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Old pie tins?

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What do you have that you might be able to make into a mirror?