$8 Gold Mirror Painted White For Our Living Room

I finally found an affordable large mirror for our living room and painted it white this week.

When I bought the $10 wood dresser I knew I wanted a bigger mirror but made do with the smaller rose framed mirror. I propped a chippy paned window in front of it to help disguise how small it was.

It is not in our budget to spend a lot on decor, so I waited for garage sale season to start and the hunt began.

For now the mirror is resting on the dresser and I will probably hang it. And I added the window frame back because I like it.

This is the gold frame before. I thought it was well worth the $8 asking price at the garage sale. Slap on some white paint and good to go....so I thought.

What I thought was going to be a simple mirror painting makeover ended up being a bigger project than I expected. I have painted lots of mirrors and frames but this time I saved some cereal boxes to stuff between the frame and the mirror. It would save taping and be a super fast project. Wrong. Even though I tried to take the boxboard out when the paint was still wet, half of it got stuck. What a mess pulling it out with tweezers and taking away some of the paint from the mirror edge. Oh well, lesson learned! Next time I will  take the mirror out of the frame before painting. 

I love the detail of the frame and I'm thinking of adding another layer of white (maybe my new MMS Milk Paint in Ironstone) and possibly some glazing to bring out the detail. At that time I will touch up the mirror edges.

 I'm going to live with it for now. I'm not in the mood for more hair pulling this soon ;-)

I added the wood crate and faux green and white berry spray to the side table. I have also painted a few photo frames in turquoise, aqua and even a green to add some colour. I bought a fun new fabric to make some pillows that hopefully I can share this week.

Don't you love how our chocolate Lab matches the brown leather couch and blinds lol. Yes, we finally got around to hanging the blinds in the living room and now need to reinstall the curtain rod. 

And the reason we have white sheets and throws on our white slipcovers (besides my guys), Remington in her favourite spot.

We are enjoying the end of a long Victoria Day weekend. Saturday the guys went up north to buy goats to show as their 4-H projects (besides Dairy and Rabbit Clubs.) I had the whole day to myself and headed to some paint and decor stores in Hamilton and Cambridge. I'll share more later. Yesterday we had a big family bbq and firepit in the evening and today we are relaxing. Love Long Weekends!

I'm sharing at the following great parties. Stop by....
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Budget Decorating Party at Creative Cain Cabin
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Ranch, Farmhouse Porch, Crafty Texas Girls, and Lolly Jane
Party Junk #188 at Funky Junk Interiors
and The Creative HomeAcre Blog Hop at A Cultivated Nest, Creative Home Expressions, The Self Sufficient Home Acre and Mary's Kitchen


  1. I love the chippy one leaning against the new one. Your dog is so cute curled up in the chair.

  2. Loving the mirror makeover and the share on your room! It looks so bright and inviting.... And I see that your dog "owns" the furniture too (ha ha). I have slip covered furniture so that I can clean up after our yellow and black labs but I too put a throw on it or it would be in the wash ALL the time ;)


  3. The mirrors are splendid layered together. Your lab looks perfectly contact. My half German Shepherd/Lab is making loud noises with a toy right now. Visiting from Coastal Charm, Olive

  4. Love the layered look! What a great price for your mirror.

  5. It might have been frustrating, but so worth it. I seem to learn something with each project...the do's and the don't. Your dog looks so sweet curled up in that chair.
    Farmhouse hugs,

  6. This is so pretty! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back! Have a great day, Nicole!

  7. Great find and I love it painted white. Looks amazing. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. You painted mirror looks really nice above the old wooden dresser. That is a really nice dresser, it has clean farmhouse lines, love it!

  9. I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  10. Your lab is just the cutest thing all curled up in the chair (cute slipcover btw)!

    Great deal on that mirror and definitely looks lovely painted white.

    Thanks so much for linking this to The Creative HomeAcre Blog Hop. We'd love it if you join us again this Sunday!

  11. looks amazing ! I'm also in the process of hunting a nice (and cheap) mirror to paint white . The finished look is absolutely stunning. Question, did you use any old white wall paint ?


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