How to Update an Old Mirror Frame with Homemade Chalk Paint

One of the goals I have this year is to update my foyer so
I decided to start with the mirror.

The old finish on my mirror frame was an antique gold,
 definitely time for something new. 

First I took the mirror down and removed the glass part. Next, 
I made some homemade chalk paint and painted the mirror frame
 with different shades of cream and white.

Here's how to make your own inexpensive homemade chalk paint:

Mix one half cup Plaster of Paris with half a cup of hot water and 
half a cup of flat latex paint. 
*For thicker consistency, I use one and half cups of paint.

After it dried, I then waxed it with TREWAX clear paste wax.

The next day I took grade 220 sandpaper and sanded off areas that
 I wanted the mirror to look worn.

  The frame then got another coat of wax. 

I then buffed it with a clean dry cloth. Now my mirror frame looks fresh and new.

All I had to do is pop the mirror glass back in and hang it on the wall. 
Except I wanted it to hang on another wall.

So I moved the mirror to the wall facing the staircase.

I think it's a better place for the mirror!

The lamp also received the exact same makeover. 
It was gold like the mirror.

The staircase is on the list for 2013 :) 

 Thanks for stopping by!


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Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

That's pretty cool! I have used homemade chalck paint before, but have not bought the "real" stuff yet. Maybe one day. Are you going to paint the stairs too?

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Your mirror and lamp both look great! What a beautiful entryway! Have a wonderful day. ~ Jamie

Kelsie from Our Country Home and Studio Photography said...

Stunning make over...will you please come do my desk :)

Blessings Kelsie

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

Looks beautiful! Great job!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty and a great update, Dee! I have the same clock! : ) Love your shelf/table. That is the type of thing I need for our small foyer/entry {behind the door}.

Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

Such a pretty mirror Dee, but with your paint update it has been transformed into a fabulous one!! So Frenchy with those beautiful it!!! Perfect for above your table. What an eye!!!!
Have a great weekend and hopefully there will be not too much snow.
XO Barbara

Ricki Treleaven said...

Dee I think your mirror and lamp look fantastic. How clever of you for mixing your own paint, too! Your hallway looks fantastic. :D What a difference....the mirror looks so different and sooooooo much better.

Have a great weekend!


Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Dee,
You did a fabulous job on that mirror and also the lamp. You did not use the same console it was hanging above before... LOVE the reflection of the staircase in it!
Hugs and enjoy your weekend.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Looks wonderful, Dee! I like the new placement, too. Love that adorable little table under it, what a great size. I need one like that.

Vanessa said...

Hi, Dee

I just love the mirror. I love mirrors anyway but I love how you changed the look. Beautiful!

Hope all is well and you are staying warm.


Little Miss Maggie said...

Very nice update, Dee. I need to try the homemade chalk paint. I even color matched the ASCP old white. I love how the mirror and the lamp turned out.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

What a pretty mirror. I like the color choice!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Ohhh and Ahhh! I love it, I have started making my own chalk paint to with Plaster of Paris...Works just fine!


Gail said...

What a pretty make-over Dee! I make my own chalk paint too and have been very happy with the results. Enjoy your weekend, Gail

Dawn said...

Dee, great mirror make over and making your own CP is so much cheaper. Lovely vignette on the table too:)

Bliss said...

I love what milk or chalk paint does to old frames. I did one myself, but no wall to put it on so it sits behind a door.


Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Thanks for teaching me how to make my own chalk paint! Now can you help me get up my nerve to paint any one of the 3 old mirrors I have? Guess I'll wait til it's a little warmer, but I somehow chicken out every time I get ready to start! Yours is gorgeous!

Susan said...

Your mirror and lamp both look great!! I love your vignette. Very pretty!

ANNE said...

LOVE, everything looks fabulous in chalk paint!

Great job Dee and that's a beautiful mirror to start with, too.


Brandi said...

Such a huge difference, Dee. The distressing really highlights the beautiful details in the mirror.

Rhissanna said...

That's a really lovbely effect, Dee, and very fresh-looking. Thank you for the chalk paint recipe. I'm going to have to try this on something. I'm just worried that once I start, I won't be able to stop!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful makeover Dee!!

Debbiedoos said...

That is gorgeous Dee..I really love teh mirror and all the detail you can see.

chateau chic said...

Dee, your mirror is gorgeous with its new look!! Definitely the perfect update.
Mary Alice

Sue said...

Dee, I like the fresh update to your mirror! I have two ginormous gold ones that I found for a song last summer and they are on the list for a re-do similar to yours.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Dee, really wonderful! I love how the beautiful lines of your mirror stand out now that it is lighter and sanded! Thanks for the great tutorial! I hope you join TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS with this great makeover! Link goes live Wednesday at 8:00 pm!

Kristie said...


You did a fantastic job! I love the new look and location. Isn't it amazing what a bit of chalk paint and sandpaper can do! Love it. :)

Chatty Crone said...

Okay - plain and simple - I could use you here for a year or two.

Rita said...

your mirror looks stunning. i've used ascp before but never made my own. ought to try your recipe one of these days as your results are amazing.

Rita said...

your mirror looks stunning. i've used ascp before but never made my own. ought to try your recipe one of these days as your results are amazing.

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

That turned out beautifully! I'm a sucker for gold mirrors, but the way you redid this is very inspiring.


Donna Heber said...

Simply gorgeous Dee! I wish I could tackle projects like you do. Every time I mention re-decorating to my husband I get 'the look'.

Anonymous said...

Dee, this is so pretty! I am always amazed at the difference paint can make on a project! This vignette is gorgeous and so inviting! Your mirror is lovely! Thanks for the recipe on homemade chalk paint. I have only tried to make it with Calcium Carbonate. This sounds like so much fun!

Audrey said...

Hi Dee, this is a stunning piece, I have a mirror similar to this and I think I'm going to try this following your tutorial. Wow, I love how it turned out. Have a great night!
Audrey @

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Brhea said...

This looks so great! Your house is adorable btw :) I'm excited to follow your blog.

Together We Save said...

Oh wow - that looks great! Wonderful job!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Dee, The mirror transformation is beautiful! I also love the new look of the lamp.
xx, Sherry

Stacey said...

The shape of the mirror is so pretty and shows up nicely with the paint. I need to do the same thing with a mirror we have.

JP said...

Dee, your mirror turned out beautiful...I pinned it for you to my inspirations board!

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

Looks beautiful! I love the slight distressing! Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday!


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