Spray painted gold yard sale mirror {How to spray paint a mirror frame}

How to spray paint a mirror frame

So this post is one for the record book!  I am actually going to show you something that I bought at a yard sale on Saturday and it is already DONE and in place in my house.  I haven’t even had a chance to show it you on my Friday Frugal Finds post – see, I told you one for the record book!  My garage and craft room (where yard sale and thrift store finds and unfinished projects go to die) are rather full and cluttered so I am determined to start getting to work on some of these projects.

I picked up this mirror for $2.00 on Saturday at my parking lot yard sale.  I couldn’t believe they only wanted $2 for it, so I snatched it up quick!  It has one of those plastic frames, but looks like it is an expensive plaster mirror.

How to spray paint a mirror frame

Even the back is just a plain board with some hooks for hanging.  And it only weighs about 3 pounds – easy to hang!

How to spray paint a mirror frame

Obviously I was less than thrilled with the color.  But that is always an easy fix.  If you can’t take the picture, glass, or mirror out of the frame, you will need to cover it and tape it off.  Usually I am able to shove the newspaper under the frame around most of the mirror or frame and only have to tape a little bit.

How to spray paint a mirror frame

I grabbed a can of Krylon gloss black spray paint from the garage and got to work.

Krylon spray paint

I did one light coat and it covered very well.  Since the frame was plastic and wouldn’t be handled much, I didn’t bother priming it first.

How to spray paint a mirror frame

Let it dry, then did another second light coat.

How to spray paint a mirror frame

If some spray paint ends up getting under the paper, don’t worry.  Some Windex and a paper towel takes it right off.

How to spray paint a mirror frame

Here’s my new mirror!  I hung it in my half bath downstairs that is almost completely re-done.  Just a few finishing touches and I will reveal the whole thing and the many projects I have done in there.

How to spray paint a mirror frame

Love the detail in the frame!  And painting it all out in one color instead of that half black and gold theme it had going on.

How to spray paint a mirror frame

How to spray paint a mirror frame

Not bad for a $2.00 mirror!


Gotta love a cheap yard sale find and a can of spray paint!

How to spray paint a mirror frame
Yes, I love spray paint.  Check out all my other spray paint projects here.


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  1. Fabulous! It looks like a very expensive frame! You gotta love spray paint.
    Wendy recently posted..Vintage Goodness – Day FiveMy Profile

  2. Kelly Palmer says:

    Looks great 🙂

  3. Love this idea! I have some old frames that I’m going to paint! Thanks!

  4. I just love spray paint! And the “before” cracked me up…it’s so gaudy and hideous, lol! =)
    Laine recently posted..Behind the Happy FaceMy Profile

  5. Totally looks like a fancy lacquered frame! I love the shiny black. You can NOT beat that for $2!
    Kelly @ View Along the Way recently posted..Yard Sale Shopping: How to Find Good Sales, Know When to Shop and Score Great DealsMy Profile

  6. Love the black look in the white/grey bathroom! Looks fabulous and wowsa for a $2 deal!
    Renee@ Living Laughing & Loving recently posted..How to make your own Giant iPad Bulletin Board!My Profile

  7. WOW, that turned out beautifully! i’m so pleased because i have a similar mirror i want to do the same thing with … i’m so glad to have found someone who went first AND did a tutorial! thank you :o)
    melissa@joyineveryseason recently posted..That awkward moment when …My Profile

  8. Am I doing something wrong…I can’t see the actual post??

  9. Super pretty! Good to know about being able to wash it off with windex. I worried about spraying mine for that reason.
    Lauren {L’amour chez nous} recently posted..A Crisp New Wall ColourMy Profile

  10. I have a similar situation with the mirror, but mine has more details on it.I would like to change the color of it do I have to sand it first ? Or just clean it up and then spray it with a high gloss spray paint? It’s been sitting for a while so I don’t want it to look like it’s been sprayed..


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