I’ve had this faux bamboo mirror for a long time, and knew it needed a little makeover. It was painted turquoise/blue during my “painted furniture booth” days, and I have been waiting for some inspiration before I changed it again. But it had to be budget-friendly, easy, and quick? So, for roughly $12 and a 2-day DIY painting project, it has undergone a complete transformation. Who knew that a Good Will $50 thrifted mirror could look so chic – all with some bronze and gold spray paint? Here is Faux Bamboo Mirror Makeover: (Gold Spray Paint).
*To see before and after pictures of the mirror (completely done) – scroll to the very end of the post.
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Faux Bamboo Mirror Makeover (Gold Spray Paint)
I just wanted to go over some common questions that you may have. So if any of these sound familiar, you’re in the right spot.
Ok, let’s get to the supplies I used.
Faux Bamboo Mirror Makeover: (Gold Spray Paint)
- Champagne Bronze spray paint – (1-2 cans)
- Plastic covering
- Wood blocks to prop mirror up
- Gold spray paint (optional)
***Just a little FYI: The champagne bronze (left) is the main color of the frame, but I used a little gold metallic (right) paint on top – just to give it a little metallic shimmer.***
Ok, let’s get to the faux bamboo mirror makeover (gold spray paint)!
Faux Bamboo Mirror Makeover (Gold Spray Paint)
Step 1: Remove Mirror from Frame & Prep Area
You will simply remove the mirror (if you can), and wipe down your frame with a rag.
You just want to make for sure that you’re removing any dust, dirt, or grime from the frame surface.
- If you can’t remove the mirror, just cover it with copy paper or newspaper, etc.
- You do NOT want to get spray paint on the mirror – it’s really hard to get all of the paint off – trust me!
Next, go ahead and put your plastic floor covering down to protect the ground, and use pieces of scrap wood (or paint cans) to lift the mirror frame off of the ground.
This will help make for sure that your mirror frame doesn’t stick to the plastic, and that air can get underneath it to help it dry faster.
Step #2: Spray Paint with Champagne Bronze (front + back)
Now, just begin spray painting the frame with the champagne bronze in long sweeping motions.
Make sure to do all sides.
TIP: I like to do a North, East, South, West pattern – just to make sure that I don’t forget a side.
Or think of it as: do the top portion, then left side, then bottom, then right side.
Here is the top portion – north view (going up).
And here is the top portion – south view (going down).
Don’t forget to get into all of the nooks and crannies with the faux bamboo or chinoiserie chic style (like this circle).
And these pineapple-shaped accents (or whatever your bamboo mirror may have).
After you spray paint the front part, let it dry for about 20-30 minutes, or dry to the touch.
Then, flip it over and spray paint the back side – ONLY the parts that you might see from the front side though.
No reason to waist paint or time – right?
Step #3: Spray Paint with Champagne Bronze (stand upright)
This is the only tricky part of this DIY project, so just decide what works best for you.
- I had to stand my mirror frame upright because – well it’s blue LOL – and I really needed to get rid of all of that!
- But I also needed to get a better angle, and this just helped make for sure that I didn’t miss a spot.
You can also lie it back down flat and do any touch-ups at this stage.
The worst thing for me is to:
- think that I am completely finished with a project, only to bring it into the house, and realize that IT.IS.NOT.DONE – ugh!!
So trust me – get it completely done the first time around!
Let it dry 30 minutes.
Step #4: Do a “Dry” Trial Run
***Note: If you love your frame right now – as is -, then you are done!!
So, what the heck is a “dry” trial run?
- It’s basically where I do a test run of the color in our house.
When I brought the painted mirror into our house, I realized it was a little too bronze (dark) for me personally.
TIP: Here is my little system to double check my paint “work.”
I tried the mirror color on our:
- Snowbound white shiplap wall – living room
- Silver Strand paint color wall – most used paint color downstairs
- Tempe Star paint color wall (where it will go – for now)
The reason I do this trial run is to make for sure that the paint color will work in different rooms of our house if/when (LOL) I decide to move it.
So, this next part is optional.
Step #5: Add (A LITTLE) Gold Metallic Spray Paint
I simply added a very small amount of Gold Metallic spray paint – in that gently sweeping motion – over the front side of the frame.
It just gives the frame a little more “shimmer” versus the vintage/antique tone of the champagne bronze.
But it’s totally up to you.
Then you can put your mirror back into the frame and enjoy!!
- NOTE: The reason you never see this hallway in our house is that it gets absolutely no natural lighting (ugh), so I just wanted to apologize for the bad photos.
Here it is below, with the mirror in and painted with the bronze and metallic gold.
Above: Do you see the pink flowers in the bottom/middle of picture above – yep – that’s my phone.
- Remember how I said that there’s no natural lighting in here? Well, I also have to take pictures of this hallway on my knees so that I am not in the mirror. Haha!!
Ok, let’s get to some before and after mirror makeover pictures.
Before & After Mirror Makeover Pictures
Before: Goodbye Turquoise Blue
And After: Hello Gold Beauty
After Decorated: Full Hallway View
After: Closeup View
Can you see the subtle “metallic” shimmer?
Well, what do you think? Much classier now- right?
- I’m just wondering now, if I’ll paint that back accent wall or add wallpaper??? LOL!!
- Crazy with a CAPITAL C 😉
I hope that you have found some inspiration or spray painting ideas to get those creative juices going!
Now, you just have to decide how MANY things you’re going to paint gold!
Have a Great Summer!
Love & Hugs 🙂