A Bold and Bright Mirror

Skill Level: Beginner

Turn your old mirror into a colourful wall feature.

Show your old mirror a little bit of love. With a little sanding, some beeswax, and a new coat of paint, you’ll have a bold and beautiful feature for your wall. Follow our step-by-step tutorial to get started.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Make Repairs

Make any repairs to your mirror (glues and sprays work well on wood).

Step 2. Get Sanding

Sand down the wooden surfaces – start with a coarse sandpaper grit and then move onto a finer paper.

Step 3. Wipe Surfaces Clean

Wipe the surfaces clean with white spirit.

Step 4. Apply Primer

Apply a primer coat if the item is made of bare wood.

Step 5. Get Painting

Apply 3/4 coats of your chosen top coat paint. Allow to dry for 24 hours before the next step.

Step 6. Sand for a Distressed Look

Use sand paper and or wire wool on any decorative / carved areas to lift off paint to achieve a distressed look. Focus on the edges and corners to achieve the desired result.


Step 7. Wipe Surfaces

Wipe the surfaces clean with white spirit.

Step 8. Apply Beeswax

Once happy with the distressed surface finish, apply a beeswax coat, allow some time for it to absorb, and then buff. Repeat this 5/6 times (more if required, for optimum shine).