Shabby chic mirrors are my favourite accessory for the home – especially rococo mirrors with a distressed brushed metallic finish. On this page I’ll explain how you make a shabby chic mirror, and I’ll share with you my favourite shabby chic mirror tutorials which show you what you can make for just pennies. This technique works just as well on picture frames too!
Shabby chic mirrors: step by step
- First find a suitable mirror – something with a rococo feel to it (lots of curves and detail) will work really well, but you can use almost any old frame and get a great result.
- Remove the mirror glass from its frame by detaching the back plate and retaining clips. Take care not to break or scratch the mirror as getting it replaced could be pretty expensive!
- Give the frame a really good clean to get any dirt dust or oil off.
- If you’ve got a wood frame that has been treated, it’s a good idea to give it a little sand to help your new paint stick properly.
- If the mirror frame isn’t a great colour, you may want to give it a base coat or two first. This is what will show through when you’re adding the distressed finish later on. Always leave the paint to dry thoroughly between coats.
- Paint the frame with your chosen top coat – any old paint you have lying around the house will do, as long as it is suitable for the material that the frame is made out of. Make sure you get into all the crevices – spray paint makes this job a lot easier. After your paint is completely dry, decide whether it needs more coats. Always leave them to dry completely before adding another coat.
- When you’re finished painting and your mirror frame is completely dry, rub off some of the paint using fine sandpaper to reveal the original colour underneath. Try to concentrate on areas where a frame would ‘naturally’ age over the years – edges, parts sticking out etc.
If you follow the steps above, you’ll have an awesome shabby chic Here are my favourite tutorials for creating beautiful shabby chic mirror frames.
1. Old second hand mirror – distressed frame
This first tutorial is perhaps one of the easiest. It uses a battered old frame picked up in a charity shop for next to nothing, and some paint – you could use any old unwanted paint you have lying around the house, left over from decorating. Here’s what it looks like at the start:
Here’s the very stylish end result – it’s hard to believe it’s the same frame!
Here’s the video showing you how to achieve this effect – it’s not tricky, but it just takes a little while between stages. The video itself is filmed over four days:
2. French style shabby chic mirror
This next tutorial takes a rather glitzy gold framed mirror and gives it a gorgeous shabby chic french-style finish. The original frame is quite pretty but it wouldn’t suit my house at all where most of my mirrors and pictures have white or brushed silver frames:
The end result is beautiful and would look absolutely perfect in any shabby chic room, whatever your colour scheme may be:
Here’s the ‘how to’ video: