How to "Glam" up a Vintage Mirror - Slipcovered Grey How to "Glam" up a Vintage Mirror - Slipcovered Grey

How to “Glam” up a Vintage Mirror

There is always a thrill of finding an awesome garage sale find.  This time I found it – a vintage mirror that needed a little “glam” makeover.  The lines and carved floral detail would be beautiful painted.  I knew this mirror could be transformed into a stunning piece no longer a pass me by at a garage sale.

This is where it started.  Check out the lines…

vintage mirror

I really liked the detailing and thought the chips and nicks could be painted and “glammed” up nicely.  Here is how it looked with a little  makeover.

vintage mirror

This picture is not a close up, so let’s get close up.

The mirror was first painted with Annie Sloan Pure White.  Annie Sloan is so easy to use and covers great! I have found that Pure White takes two, if not three coats of paint, but it is so much easier than priming any day.

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After painting white, I used a little Pewter Rub ‘n Buff in areas.

Yes, I know, I need a manicure and don’t you just love the paint all over my hands?


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Rub ‘n Buff has great coverage and is easy to apply.  I put a little on my fingertip and applied it to the “pearl” looking balls around the inside of the mirror and distressed lightly.

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 I also added Rub ‘n Buff to the scroll detailing to the perimeter of the mirror.

Lightly distressing these areas gives dimension and texture.

vintage mirror

Here is more dimension and texture on the scroll of the mirror.

vintage mirror

Here you can see the detailing of the mirror…

vintage mirror

Very little pewter was added to the flower.  The flower was mostly distressed to achieve this look.

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Here it is…  Complete.

vintage mirror




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  • Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    Angie, this looks lovely! I’m a Rub N’ Buff girl too! Your mirror is fabulous!

    October 16, 2012 at 9:21 pm Reply
    • angie

      Hey Betsy,
      Thank you! I am glad you are a Rub n’ Buff girl too, it is a great product that has awesome coverage power. 🙂

      October 17, 2012 at 7:28 am Reply
  • Miss Charming

    It looks so pretty! I haven’t used Rub N’ Buff before but I love the effect.

    October 17, 2012 at 1:58 pm Reply
    • angie

      Thank you! Yes, Rub n’ Buff works great and is inexpensive too. Give it a try. I think you would like it.

      October 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm Reply
  • Maria

    I stopped by and just wanted to commend you for the lovely details you provide. Your work is absolutely beautiful! I am a beginner and the details and visuals you provide are very much appreciated!
    Lovely website, I will be back, thanks!

    July 7, 2014 at 5:17 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Hi Maria! I apologize for such a delayed response, but I just want to tell you that you made my day! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice comment. It truly means so much to me. 🙂

      July 15, 2014 at 10:21 pm Reply

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