Powder Room Mirror Makeover

Over the summer Hubs and I started our first REAL home improvement project (besides painting walls).  We updated our small, main floor powder room.  Quite the learning experience…

Anywho, I was on a mission to find a beautiful new mirror to go in our beautiful new powder room.  I wanted something oval, since everything else was square (i.e. the sink).  After going through three mirrors (the buy-it-return-it merry-go-round, shall we say), I was about to give up.  Then Hubs said “Why don’t you just buy a mirror the shape you like, then paint it like you did the [master bedroom] lamps?”

I thought about it for a millisecond and decided if I could FIND a mirror I liked, I would MAKE a mirror I kinda liked into something I LOVED.

Powder Room Mirror1-001

I succeeded.

I used the same technique as the lamp makeover I did in June.




Paper towels
Distilled white vinegar
220 grit sand paper
Painters tape
Produce bags (or plastic, or paper, whatever)
Krylon Primer in Gray
Rust-oleum Hammered Spray paint in Burnished Amber

First, I taped the produce bags to the mirror to protect what I didn’t want painted.  Then, I lightly sanded the frame to remove some of the varnish and to give the paint something to hold on to.

Powder Room Mirror

Plain black, boring mirror.

Once I was finished sanding, I rinsed the dust off with a paper towel soaked with white vinegar, then wiped it again with a paper towel soaked in plain water.

When the frame was completely dry, I primed it with the gray Krylon primer — the same I used for the lamps.



I did two coats of primer to make sure I had even coverage.  Once it was dry, I sprayed the mirror with three (very light) coats of Burnished Amber.  It was lovely!

Powder Room5-001

I am now a firm believer in spray paint.  It can transform A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G.  Seriously.  You should try it.

Oh!  Hey there!

Oh! Hey there!

What about you?  Have you ever tried the (spray) paint makeover?  Lemme know what you did and how it turned out!

6 thoughts on “Powder Room Mirror Makeover

  1. I have not tried this method on anything yet, but not I am going to for sure! Thanks so much for posting. A couple things (including lamps) comes to mind. Maybe even that old ugly chandelier. I was going to buy a new one, but maybe I can breathe some life into it!
    I will let you know how it turns out 🙂

    • Yay! That’s exciting! I’m so glad I could inspire a second chance for your chandelier. It’s just so much fun to watch a piece that you’ve never been very fond of turn into something you love. That was definitely true for our master bath vanity (keep a look out for the future post!). I was so surprised that a simple coat of paint could completely change the look and feel of the piece. Good luck!

      • I just painted my kitchen cupboards and was so amazing at how it changed everything!
        I will post the pictures of my chandelier as soon as I start it and finish it 🙂

  2. We spray painted the outdoor turquoise metal light fixtures when we moved into our house. Chose a dark brown. Turned out great and saved us a bundle. We might replace them eventually, but it bought us a few years.

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