Easy Fix for an Old and Tired Mirror…

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After:

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You can probably tell that I love getting salvage or antique finds. I found this mirror at a flea market in Chelsea, New York.  Absolutely loved the wood carving and style of the mirror. It was made over 100 years ago, hand carved and just looked a bit tired and needed some TLC. The edges where the wood seems met were clearly cracked and the wood was looking a bit warped.

Before:

cracked-frame

here’s what you need, you can apply this to old mirrors, frames etc.

Step 1: clean the mirror and use painters tape to tape off the mirror part (so you don’t get any caulk/paint on it) I do this first so I can just get through all the steps in one shot 🙂

tape frame off for painting

Step 2:  I forgot to take a picture of this step, but I got a flat metal plate from the hardware store.  rectangle shaped with 4-8 screw holes, just get the size that fits your frame.  Get screws that won’t go through the front of the frame and attach the plate.  I put the plate on the back centered over the wood joints, then screw in the plate, it immediately straightens up the frame and tightens the joints.

Step 3: Then I used good ol’ caulk, yep the kind you use in your bathroom or walls, make sure it’s the paintable kind as you will be painting over this. I used my fingers and rubbed it into the joint where the wood meets on the front. let that dry.

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Step 4: Spray paint with your choice of color (I use an all-in-one paint/primer from rustoleum).

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Step 5: Once that dries, use a 120 grit sandpaper and lightly sand randomly to bring out the wood and old paint color to give it that aged feel. Remove the painters tape off the mirror & clean.

Here’s what the old cracked seem  looks like after painting/sanding and drying:

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Hang and enjoy!

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