I’M SHARING 5 TIPS THAT WILL MAKE PAINTING YOUR FRAMED MIRRORS NICE AND EASY… AND YOU’LL GET PROFESSIONAL RESULTS EVERY TIME!
Over the years, I’ve painted countless framed mirrors. Vanity mirrors, mantel mirrors, dresser mirrors and stand up mirrors… and they all have one thing in common. The MIRROR makes them a challenge to paint!
I used to think the only way to get a professional result was to take the mirror out of the frame. This method works amazing (#4 on the list!) but can be annoying and time-consuming when working with older mirrors held in by hundreds of old school nails.
Today I’m sharing this full-length dressing mirror makeover along with my FAVORITE TOOL that makes painting frames with mirrors SUPER EASY!
If you use these simple tips, I guarantee you’ll get professional results every time! 🙂
Here’s what I started with. A full-length swivel dressing mirror.
Here’s the finished look…
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HOW TO PAINT A MIRROR FRAME
Here are 5 easy tips to get professional results every time!
1. PAINTERS TAPE
Painters Tape is probably the most commonly used masking tool when painting mirror frames. The tape can be used on its own or if you’re feeling extra messy 😉 newspaper can also be added and taped down to cover more area or even the full mirror.
A painters tape trick is to lay down a piece of tape and slightly overlap it onto the frame. Using a craft knife or razor, cut off the excess tape using the frame as your guide. You will get a PERFECT masking every time.
Remove the excess cut portion of the tape and you’re ready to paint!
2. MASKING FLUID
I haven’t used masking fluid for mirrors but I’ve heard good things and it does work. It’s a fluid you brush on the mirror beside the frame. Once it dries, it creates a thin film that paint can’t penetrate. When you’re finished, it peels up like a piece of skin. Artists often use it on their canvas when they want the paint to resist and the white of the paper to show.
3. RAZOR SCRAPER ( My number one choice! )
Nick introduced me to this fabulous tool… a razor scraper! It’s what all his painting trades use to paint window frames, french doors, glass kitchen cabinets, etc. It’s a HUGE time saver because they don’t have time to mask off all the windows in every house they paint! It’s really easy to use but RAZOR SHARP… so use with care!
I paint the frame and right onto the mirror.
Once I’m finished painting, I take this razor scraper and scrape off the paint on the mirror. The paint comes off in ribbons (very easy!) and leaves a perfectly clean and professional look.
Here are a few other mirrors I’ve used the same technique on.
4. REMOVE MIRROR
Depending on how the mirror and frame are constructed and put together, removing the mirror works really well. I did this for many years. You can go crazy painting the frame and not have to worry about the mirror at all.
5. PETROLEUM JELLY RESIST
This is the exact same idea as I did with this distressing technique on this dresser back in 2015. You apply a little petroleum jelly onto the mirror right around the edge of the frame making sure not to get any on the frame. Paint and the petroleum jelly will resist the paint. This isn’t my favorite method because I find it messy to clean off the mirror afterward.
A few other questions I often get asked about is the prep and finishing of framed mirrors.
Prepping your framed mirror for paint is the same as when prepping your furniture for paint. Clean to remove dirt, dust, and oils. Sand lightly and/or add any appliques or adornments. If the mirror is going to bleedthrough, a coat of primer will be required.
Top coating / Sealing – Mirrors are low traffic items. It’s usually hang – forget – reflect. 😉 That said, when a framed mirror is attached to a dresser, I always topcoat with the same finish as the piece it’s attached to. If it’s a hanging mirror and you use a paint such as DB or Fusion ( a paint durable enough that doesn’t need a topcoat) you don’t need to worry about it.
- Mask it off with painters tape and/or newspaper
- Use a non-adhesive masking fluid
- Use a razor scraper
- Remove Mirror from the frame
- Apply petroleum jelly as a resist
I’d love to hear any tips you may have when painting framed mirrors!
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR PAINTED MIRROR MAKEOVERS? I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU SO FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN. 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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