How to Breathe the Life Into an Old Mirror

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How to Breathe the Life Into an Old Mirror
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This old mirror went with my aunts dresser when she was a kid. I've used it most of my life at my parents and now that I'm married its been in our bathroom for 6 years!

This old mirror went with my aunts dresser when she was a kid. I've used it most of my life at my parents and now that I'm married its been in our bathroom for 6 years!

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First, put down some plastic. Trash bags worked for me. Then put some bricks or wood underneath so the plastic didn't stick to it when it dries. ( I forgot this step until the end if the 1st coat. )

First, put down some plastic. Trash bags worked for me. Then put some bricks or wood underneath so the plastic didn't stick to it when it dries. ( I forgot this step until the end if the 1st coat. )

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Use painters tape around the edges. I used tracing paper (or newspaper) in the middle.  The lines were filled with a dark gold. I started painting that so it could have the most coats.

Use painters tape around the edges. I used tracing paper (or newspaper) in the middle. The lines were filled with a dark gold. I started painting that so it could have the most coats.

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Tuck the tape under the lip of the wood if you can. Or put paper there and tape it. Use a razor blade to remove any paint or glue from tape later.

Tuck the tape under the lip of the wood if you can. Or put paper there and tape it. Use a razor blade to remove any paint or glue from tape later.

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Paint the whole thing. Let it dry completely before the 2nd coat. You may need 3 coats.

Paint the whole thing. Let it dry completely before the 2nd coat. You may need 3 coats.

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Done! So much better! This took very little paint. I used a $2 paint sample.

Done! So much better! This took very little paint. I used a $2 paint sample.

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