Hey guys! Boy, do I have a fun and easy high-impact decor project for you all that is not only done on a tiny budget but will have people thinking you spent a ton of money to have such a unique piece in your beautiful home.
I have seen similar mirrors go for a lot more and although I love them so much I just can't justify spending the big price tag that goes along with all of them.
Here is a group of mirrors that inspired me so much from Pottery Barn! Isn't it gorgeous??
As stunning as this mirror is from Pottery Barn for $399 each. I just had to see if this was something I could recreate on my own for a much smaller price tag! I made this windowpane mirror using mostly all supplies from the Dollar Tree and a few extras you will need from your local hardware store.
So let's get started guys!
*You can also watch my Instagram video tutorial on this project here.
What You Will Need:
20 Dollar Tree Mirrors that measure 11 ½” x 9 1/2” (you don’t have to buy 20 if you are looking to make a smaller version)
Large piece of plywood, cut and measured to your size of mirrors (you can get this done at Home Depot)
Spray paint in colour of your choice (I used Rustoleum Antique Brass)
Paint chemical stripper such as Citristrip (Lowes, Home Depot, Amazon)
Easy off Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner (Walmart)
Flat edge Scraping tool
Hot Glue Gun (Walmart)
Gorilla Glue Sticks (Walmart)
Take out all of your mirrors carefully from their frames and in a well-ventilated area spray paint your frames in the colour of your choosing. Allow them to fully dry before handling them. I used Rustoleum Antique Brass spray paint on mine to get the old age look.
While your frames are drying start to work on ageing your mirrors. You will need a large space to get this done, such as floor space in a garage or a kitchen table. Be sure to lay down a large drop cloth to do this as it can get very messy. Turn over all of your mirrors painted side up, and lay them down all next to each other touching in rows. Now put some gloves so you don’t get this stuff on your hands. Apply your paint stripper with a rag or a sponge all over the backs of the mirrors.
Lay some saran wrap down on top of the paint stripper so it doesn’t dry out. Check the dry time on your paint stripper, as they all vary. I had to wait 15 minutes for mine to dry and I found if I waited any longer it dried out too much and was too hard to scrape off. Once it's dried for the allotted time, you can start to unwrap each mirror individually and start to scrape off your paint with your flat edge scraper.
Try to be careful not to over scrape or you could scratch your mirrors. Apply even pressure to get most of it off in one single motion. Be mindful that this part does not need to be perfect, you DO NOT need to get off all the paint in this step! The areas with the paint off will be the areas that the ageing will shine through.
I didn’t want my mirrors to be overly aged-looking so I didn’t need to scrape off a lot of paint. Once you feel you have taken off enough of the paint wipe off the residue with a wet rag and be sure they are fully dry before you move onto the next step.