One-Hour Freebie Mirror Makeover


A one-hour freebie mirror makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Emperor’s Silk and red toile fabric

Hello Kenarry readers! Stacy from Anastasia Vintage here! It seems like just the other day I shared last month’s vintage-inspired idea with you, and I’m so glad to be back! Time certainly does fly, doesn’t it?

Today I’m excited to share with you a very easy, one-hour freebie mirror makeover I finished during some recent weekend downtime – a rare occurrence around here! It’s a great example of how a boring piece can be given new life in very little time and for little to no money at all.

One Hour Freebie Mirror Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Emperor's Silk

I have a real love for free things. You might even call it an addiction. Most of the time, if a piece of furniture or decor is free, I will bring it home with me, even if I have no idea what it will eventually become. Inspiration always strikes sooner or later…right?

I found this orphaned mirror through a Craigslist curb alert several months ago. I just loved the curvy molding and applique at the top, but the original dark mahogany color gave it a drab, heavy feel.

antique mirror before makeover

Filling the insert space above the mirror was a neat charcoal drawing. As interesting as it was to wonder about its history though, it just didn’t fit the final look I was going for, so I popped it out.

antique mirror charcoal drawing before

After taping off the mirror and giving the wood a light sanding, I opted to paint it a bold new hue and reached for my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Emperor’s Silk. It is not a color I often use, but I loved it for this mahogany piece. And since chalk paint dries so quickly, I was able to apply two coats in next to no time at all.

mirror prepared for chalk paint

Lastly, I replaced the old charcoal drawing with a leftover scrap of red toile to complete the french country feel. A piece of hardboard and some spray adhesive were all I needed to fit it into the existing opening.

french country mirror red toile fabric

 red toile mirror makeover

french country toile mirror makeover square

All in all, I spent only about one hour of active time on this piece. It was great to get it finished in just one Saturday afternoon!

one hour freebie mirror makoever

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  1. What a beautiful mirror and what a big difference it makes by repainting. Beautiful mirror before but with a new paint job really makes it stand out even more. Great job
    The old photo you popped out, I would frame or have it mounted on canvas. It is really a great, old looking photo/drawing.

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