HOW TO TURN A CURB-SHOPPED MIRROR INTO A BEAUTIFUL (ANTHROPOLOGIE-INSPIRED) DIY ANTIQUE GOLD MIRROR FOR STYLING YOUR PAINTED FURNITURE OR HOME | YOUTUBE VIDEO
Hi, sweet creative SI family! It’s one of my favorite days of the month – Trash To Treasure Tuesday. If you’re new here, the second Tuesday of every month is where my blogging besties and I share our T2T makeover tutorials. I have included links to their T2T makeovers below. But first, today I’m sharing how to turn ANY mirror into a DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Antiqued Gold Mirror using wood appliques, paint, and gilding wax. If you have an hour to spare, this could be the project for you!
Here’s the mirror I started with. It’s been sitting in my inventory for so long I don’t remember where I found this one but it was a curb-shopped piece. It’s not a bad-looking mirror but we can make it better!
The Anthropologie Gleaming Primrose Mirrors were my inspiration. This is going to be perfect for styling my painted furniture.!
What do you think? I’m thrilled with the way this turned out!
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Curbshopped Mirror – SALVAGED
Heat Gun | Utility Craft Knife
No More Nails Glue
Coffee Bean Chalk Mineral Paint
Gold Gilding Wax
ANTHROPOLOGIE ANTIQUED MIRROR
Here’s how it all came together. This is a beginner’s project that anyone can do!
PREP | CLEAN
I removed the back of this mirror by removing the screws. I kept the backing to adhere later.
REMOVE | CLEAN MIRROR
Once I had the back removed, it was easy to lift the mirror out of the frame. Then I gave it a really good cleaning with Windex and a shop towel. These shop towels are a must in my inventory and I use them for EVERYTHING. They are tough, durable, and perfect for cleaning, staining, whitewashing, waxing and so many other tasks as they are lint-free!
TIP – Safety first! When working with glass or mirrors, be VERY careful as the edges can be sharp!
WOOD APPLIQUÉS DESIGN
Here’s the fun part for me. I used these WoodUbend appliqués as I love how easy they are to adhere and bend with a little heat but any wood appliqués would work nicely for this project. I decided on a design for the fame using wood moldings and trim on the sides and top. Then I painted the front and back of the Woodubend molds in this Coffee Bean Chalk Mineral Paint. I painted the back as well so the reflection in the mirror would show up as the same color rather than the raw wood.
Below is a list of the WoodUbend Molds I used to get this look but you can use any type of wood appliques you like the looks of!
Set of Scrolls ( for top corners)
Set of Scrolls (for bottom corners)
Pediment Center Piece
GLUE MOLDS TO MIRROR
I started by gluing the Woodubend on with a hot glue gun… this DID NOT WORK as you’ll see in the Youtube video I posted below. So I switched over to this No More Nails construction adhesive. This No More Nails Glue is heavy-duty! This gold gilded frame is never coming off now!
GOLD GILDING WAX
To achieve the antiqued gold finish, I used this Gold Gilding Wax. It’s super easy to apply. I put a little on my finger and rubbed it onto the frame. You can add as much or as little as you like depending on how gold you would like the finish. It’s water-based so it dries quickly and is easy to clean up.
This Anthropologie-inspired antiqued mirror project couldn’t have been any easier. It took about an hour in total minus dry times.
Here’s the finished look!
I didn’t attach anything to hang it with onto the back because I plan on using it as shown below.
But if you wanted to include hanging hooks, so long as you reinforce the mirror onto a stable backing, you could add hooks and hang it as well.
It really reminds me of the Anthro Mirrors that sell for between $500-$1500 depending on size.
I got a similar look ( and this mirror is a fair size!) for under $75!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel HERE. Our #siyoutubefamily has hit 14K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
AND NOW FOR SOME TRASH TO TREASURE FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative team of Trash To Treasure ladies do! Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links below to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
1. CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL DIYER
2. PRODIGAL PIECES
3. GIRL IN THE GARAGE
4. ARTSY CHICKS RULE
5. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (So happy you’re here!)
Here’s another look at this mirror’s before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your styling and decor projects!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS DIY ANTIQUE GOLD MIRROR MAKEOVER. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
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Absolutely gorgeous, love it!
Marie-Interior Frugalista says
“Wait, what?” is what I said out loud when scrolling from the before photo to the after. And then I scrolled again and again because I couldn’t believe that was the same mirror. Absolutely stunning Denise!
I love this…lol. If I made you take a double take that’s amazing!… Especially coming from a talented creator like yourself! Thanks my friend! XOXO
Brilliant and Beautiful!
Thank you Laura!
Jen @ Girl in the Garage says
So gorgeous, Denise! Bravo!! xo
thanks my friend! XOXO
Cheryl Atkinson says
Oh Denise!! This is gorgeous. Great job!!
yaaay, thanks Cheryl… appreciate it! XOXO
Ok…it took me a minute to pick my jaw up off the floor!! This is the most incredible upcylcle I think I’ve ever seen!! You win…mic drop. XOXO
lol…thanks my friend. Super easy too!😆
Laura F says
How unique and beautiful! I love the way you re-used and re-imagined this piece
Thanks Laura! The Woodubend has endless possibilities!
Brilliant AND beautiful!!! Thanks for getting my creative juices flowing! XOXO
Thanks Fran! I’m so glad it sparked some ideas! 🙂
I’ve been a stalker for MANY years and love getting your updates in my inbox. This transformation? It has got to be the best one yet!!!! Swoon.
Ohhhh I’m so happy to hear this and thanks for taking the time to comment today Stacey! It means a lot!🤗
[Insert ‘mind blown’ emoji] Just fantastic, and beautiful – and giving me all sorts of ideas for “alternative” ways to use the WoodUBend products. Thanks for the inspiration, Denise! And all your ever-fresh ideas.
Thanks!🤗 Isn’t this Woodubend amazing!?!😃 I want to try this on an oval or round mirror next!
This is absolutely stunning! I would definitely need to hang the one that I’m considering. Could you possibly explain in further detail how to safely do that? Thank you!!
Thanks Michele! I’m not sure because I’m not going to hang mine. You might want to Google or Youtube that. But I’m ‘guessing’ you’d either need to insert it in a frame and then glue the Woodubend onto the frame and add hooks or mount the mirror onto a sturdy back and include some hooks.
Absolutely love how you used woodubend and rope to create a new frame for this mirror!
Thank you Deanna!🤗
Absolutely Gorgeous Denise. Love it, love it, love it!
Thanks my friend! And it was a quick and easy one too!🤗💙
I’m salivating, if you know me & ornate mirrors! Even more beautiful than the retail ones.
awww, thanks my friend! I really want to try this on a round mirror next!
It looks like you trimmed down the wood frame on the mirror?
Hi Constance! The old frame was removed and the Woodubend was added to create the ‘new’ antique gilded frame. 🙂
Wow! That’s an amazing transformation. Love!
Thanks Lizzy, I appreciate it! XOXO
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
Wow, that’s awesome! So fun!
It was fun… thanks my friend! XOXO
This is stunning You did a fabulous job!!!
Thank you Lori!
Yours is much nicer than the inspiration piece – wonderful work as always.
Awww, thanks so much Sheila!💕 I’m pretty smitten with the Anthropologie inspo mirrors but not so much with their price… hehe. So happy I found an alternative DIY version!
O M Gosh, O M Gosh, OM Gosh!!!!! This nearly knocked me off my chair. WOW O WOW!!! Like a baseball game, all bases loaded, you hit it out of the park. S C O R E
BTW, Thank You. 🙂
You’re super sweet Caye, THANK YOU! I’m so happy you like it!😃
Taking the heavy black trim off this mirror and adding the wood you bend just makes it clean and gorgeous Denise! I’m usually not a fan of gold gilding, however this is just cool!
The frame is everything, right?! I can’t believe what a difference it makes too!
I need to try this! You make it look so simple yet this mirror transformation is unbelievably WOW! Thanks for sharing Denise!
If you give it a try I’d LOVE to hear how it all turns out for you Nicki! But beware, ‘playing’ around with the Woodubend is additive… I love them!
Wow. Just wow. I would not have thought this was possible.
Absolutely stunning !! I’m amazed you are saying this was an easy update.
I’ll be re-reading this process. I love your results.
This is an Amazing reno for sure. Truly one really knocked my socks off 🙂
lol… I like knocking people’s socks off so THANK YOU P! 🤗
Very nice! I love how easy that was. Great inspiration.
Super easy! Thanks Lorrie!
WOW !!!! I love seeing all the makeovers you create. I keep all your posts for reference when I am doing any updating/refurbishing of my projects. Thanks so much for sharing your work.
Thank you Fran! It makes me SO happy that you are finding these tutorials inspiring and helpful!
This is amazing❣️
Thanks Carol! 🙂
Fran Blunt says
This is gorgeous! I love it! Did you put a protective backing on the mirror?
Not yet. I was on a time crunch to get this published for the T2T tour. I’ll be gluing the original back I took off this mirror BUT if I were to include hooks to hang, it would definitely need to be reinforced with something more heavy-duty.
Wowsers! That’s quite the transformation; it’s spectacular!
Yay, I like Wows and Wowsers…lol, thanks Sara! XOXO
Oh my gosh …that mirror is absolutely gorgeous! I’m shocked at how beautiful it looks .. and Anthropologie? One of my fave stores! It would definitely match an Anthro find! Love it!♥️
I was kind of shocked at how well it turned out too!😆 I mean, I knew it would turn out nicely but I had no idea it would look THIS GOOD! Just goes to show an easy project can have a big impact!😊
Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces says
Oh so lovely, Denise! Bravo on design and application.
Yay, thanks so much, Larissa! XOXO
Hi Denise. The mirror turned out beautifully. I actually prefer it to the inspiration mirrors:). Gorgeous work as always.
Aw, thanks my friend! I prefer the price difference… that’s for sure!😂
I love your makeovers and this is outstanding, wow, talk about stunning, I can hardly believe its the same mirror…well its not really but I hope you know what I mean, I LOVE it.x
I agree, it doesn’t even look like the same mirror! I’m so glad you love it Janette! XOXO