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How to Paint a Mirror Frame with MudPaint

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Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

This is the year to paint a mirror frame. Really!

We have several videos out on how to makeover an old picture frame, and when it comes to how to paint a mirror frame, it’s quite similar!- Mirrors are perfect everywhere as they come in a variety of sizes. You can hang them in hallways, entryways, dark spaces, etc... They are gorgeous wall decor in any room. However, that gorgeousness comes at a cost.

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Check out this gorgeous mirror frame in Seaside – beautiful!

New mirrors can be expensive and finding the right color can be time consuming. Instead of purchasing new, why not repurpose an old one from a thrift store, yard sale, craigslist ad, … Or if you have an existing one, update it. You can easily and inexpensively repaint a mirror frame with MudPaint without having to remove the mirror from the frame.

Materials Needed: Mirror, clean rag, painter’s tape, newspaper, vaseline if desired to distress, MudPaint in your favorite color, paint brush

Begin by deciding the look you want. What MudPaint color do you love?

Do you want to distress? If so, do you want the original finish to show or no? If no, decide to paint two coats. Paint the first coat a darker shade like MudPaint’s Charcoal. After it dries, apply vaseline to the areas you don’t want the second coat to adhere too and paint the second coat a lighter shade. When slightly dry, use a damp rag over the areas that you applied vaseline too. You can also skip the vaseline and lightly sand once the second coat is dry to reveal the darker first coat in areas.

Okay, so you got your MudPaint color and you have decided on a distressed look or a solid color. Here’s how you easily repaint a mirror with MudPaint!

1 – It’s important to prep your mirror by cleaning it with a damp rag. Allow to dry.

2 – If there is existing paint and it’s chipping, lightly sand to smooth the surface.

3 – Dust with a clean rag being careful to remove all the sanding particles.

4 – Before painting, measure and cut a piece of newspaper or any other paper to fit over the surface of the mirror glass, leaving a small gap around each edge. Holding the paper in place, use painter’s tape to attach the paper to the mirror. Be sure that know tape is touching the frame. If you need to trim off excess, use a utility knife.

5- If you desire a distressed look, apply a thin layer of vaseline to the areas you don’t want paint to adhere too.

6 – Apply a coat of your favorite MudPaint with your brush. Allow to dry slightly (MudPaint dries quickly. So check in about 10 – 15 minutes!)

7 – Use a damp rag to wipe over the areas where you applied vaseline too.

Finally, If you want a rustic chippy look, use a blow dryer over the areas you want to chip. It will only take a few minutes to see the paint bubbling. That’s it! Now enjoy that freshly painted mirror frame!


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