Painted Mirrors – A Simple Way to Add Vintage Charm

I enjoy painting mirrors. They are a quicker project with a big impact. They can add color to a room or vintage charm. Here are a few mirrors I have painted for clients in the past.

Henrietta Mirror

English Yellow Mirror


And one painted mirror I currently have for sale. (Email or message me if interested in purchasing.)


I painted two mirrors this month. The first was for Whitney. She had this salvaged arched window made into a mirror. (I forgot to take a before photo!) It is the kind of architectural element that I love adding to my own home, so I was so excited to paint this for Whitney.

She wanted it lighter because it was going to hang in a dark stairway against a patterned wallpaper. I suggested that it just needed a bit of paint – not full coverage. I wanted it to still feel like a salvaged piece. I wanted the holes and cracks to show the character of the old wood.

I dry brushed (very little paint on the brush) Annie Sloan’s Old White and finished with hand waxing. That was all this mirror really needed to lighten it up. It still looks like it was just pulled from an old barn and I love it!



The second mirror was brought to me by one of my favorite clients. Meghan and Matt are a cute young couple that adore vintage furniture as much as I do! They are designing their first home together and adding unique vintage pieces throughout their home. The first piece I painted for them was this Desk Turned Vanity. Definitely check it out if you missed this redesign. It is stunning.

They brought me this classic, beveled mirror that was shapely, but dark and dated.


Meghan and Matt had a vision of a vintage silver leafed mirror. This was to go over the dresser in their master bedroom. As I do with all my clients, I provided them a sample board showing Baroque Art Gilders Paste in Silver. I agreed with them when they said it didn’t have enough depth. So we tried painting a coat of Annie Sloan Graphite and then applying the Gilders Paste. That did the trick.


I didn’t fully cover the Graphite paint, so there is variation in the coverage of the Silver Gilders Paste. This gave more depth and an aged look. I also added a little Miss Mustard Seed White Wax in the carved details.


I think we worked as a great team to bring new life to this mirror. I am excited to see what Meghan and Matt bring me next!

… Kristin

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