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.
here’s what you need, you can apply this to old mirrors, frames etc.
- Metal plate to screw into the back
- Paintable caulk
- Caulking Gun
- Painters tape
- Rustoleum all in one spray paint
- 120 grit sandpaper
- Screws make sure they are short enough to not go through the front of the frame!
- whatever items you need to hang your mirror/frame 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 🙂
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.
Step 4: Spray paint with your choice of color (I use an all-in-one paint/primer from rustoleum).
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:
Hang and enjoy!