When looking for a new to you mirror do not be put off by a gold frame. Painting a mirror frame is super easy and relatively quick. The process was very easy, just wipe down the frame with a damp cloth then apply two coats of Fusion Mineral Paint using a brush.
For the first time in a few years, we have a mantlepiece. The perspective of our new living room is focussed on the gas fire and mantlepiece, a large mirror place over the mantlepiece adds reflective light to the room.
When I spotted this large gold mirror in a charity shop for a mere £8 I snapped it up, the mirror frame is not to my taste but that is easily solved.
What paint do I use to paint a mirror frame?
I have chosen to work with fusion mineral paint, alternatively, you can use chalk paint, the process is very similar. Both paints need little preparation, no sanding is required which is ideal for a gold mirror frame that is often ornate in design (and therefore harder to sand). With both fusion mineral paint and chalk paint you will apply thin layers. For fusion mineral paint you are then finished, chalk paint then requires a thin layer of wax to complete.
Fusion mineral paint is acrylic paint so be warned it doesn’t wash out of your clothes, whereas chalk paint is water-based and will wash out!!
How to paint a gold mirror frame
You will need:-
- Fusion Mineral Paint
- Paint Brush
- Masking tape
Preparation for painting a mirror frame
How easy is it to remove the mirror from the frame? My mirror looked well and truly adhered to the frame, so I chose to leave it in situ. If your’s is easy to remove then remove the mirror and set aside.
Clean the gold mirror frame by wiping off any dust and removing any grease marks, a damp cloth is useful for this.
Place the mirror on top of tin cans so you can easily reach the edges of the side of the frame.
To protect a mirror when painting a frame use a masking tape mask around the very edges of the mirror, next to the frame, this will save you accidentally painting the mirror.
Paint your frame
Whichever paint you have chosen to work with a apply a thin layer to the entire frame, working the paint into all the recesses in the frame.
Allow to fully dry then apply a second light coat of paint. Applying thin layers ensures you do not end up with drips and/or pooling in the ornate design. You will keep the original ornate details in your gold frame.
If you are working with chalk paint apply a coat of wax with a wax brush.
Remove the masking tape – if this has stuck to the paint you can score around the edge of the frame with a knife.
If like me you have the odd splash of paint clean the entire mirror with glass cleaner and microfiber cloth.
If you are nir familiar with fusion mineral paint it is incredibly versatile, check out my updated mid-century furniture or ombre effect sideboard. If you are looking for a distressed mirror frame then my tutorial for how to upcycle a wardrobe has you covered.
Have you used Fusion Mineral Paint before? I have to admit I think I am a convert, check out my bedroom furniture project with the paint here. I think I will be painting the mantlepiece next!!