Disclaimer: I received the Chalked Ultra Matte Paint from in exchange for inclusion in this post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own!
I had never thought of repainting old mirrors or doing a mirror makeover until I couldn’t stand the thought of buying a new mirror. If you’ve ever shopped for a mirror, you know what a daunting experience it can be! To find the right shape, the right size and color is almost like looking for a unicorn! Finding a mirror for our bedroom that was the right size and shape at the price I wanted was frustrating, to say the least!
As our taste in bedroom decor has changed, and by our, I mean mine, I couldn’t fathom the thought of looking for a new mirror. You can paint furniture, walls, why not paint an old mirror? I knew that painting by hand was going to be tedious as this mirror does have some detail on the inner frame so I reached out to my friends at Rustoleum to see if they had anything that might work! Their solution was the perfect way to brighten up my bedroom!
Rustoleum’s Chalked Ultra Matte Paint was the perfect way complete my mirror makeover and get the look that I wanted, in the color I wanted. We desperately needed to brighten up our bedroom and breathe new life into some dated pieces. This mirror was the perfect shape and I really loved the details but I couldn’t handle the brown brassy color with the black Kallax shelf from IKEA. After painting the walls white, it was clear this mirror needed a mirror makeover!
With plenty of color options in the Chalked line, it was just going to be a matter of finding which color matched our decor the most! After sharing my narrowed down color options on my Instagram stories, it was clear that the Aged Grey was the clear winner! I honestly couldn’t be happier with the choice!
So how do you repaint an old mirror? After our paint arrived, I spent about 30 minutes one afternoon with a very gentle piece of sanding paper. I opted for a 180 grit, as that’s what I had at home. You can also Scotch bright Pad as all you really want to do is take some of the shine out of the old mirror to help the paint adhere to the frame better! It is very important that you use a very fine sanding paper like 180 grit as using something course can actually damage the frame.
This mirror makeover was starting to come along perfectly!
Before sanding down the frame, you want to make sure that you cover the mirror with some paper and taped it down with some painters tape. Covering the mirror will ensure that it remains dust free and none of the paint gets on to the mirror. After that the rest is simple!
Head outdoors or to a well-ventilated room and put down a drop cloth. Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint is such an easy application as you just simply spray and allow it to dry. It has amazing coverage and can then be sanded down after it dries to the chalky smooth finish! I loved the color so much and wasn’t really going for the distressed look as much as the matte look so I chose to leave it as is!
The best advice that I can give you regarding this paint is to ensure that you allow the proper time for drying between coats. I’d previously used Rustoleum paint which was very quick drying. The Chalked Ultra Matte Paint does dry quickly, however just not as quickly as the previous paint I had used.
After allowing the first coat to dry, I chose to go over it with a second coat as I could see a bit of the previous dark color peek through. After allowing the second coat to dry, I simply peeled off the paper I had taped to the mirror and rehung the mirror.
Not only does the color match beautifully with the rest of our updated bedroom decor, but it has also brightened up that corner of our room. Who knew that a $10.99 can of gorgeous spray paint that you can buy at places like Lowes could do such wonders to an old mirror and save me so much time in money in the search for a replacement!
To sum it all up:
- Gather supplies including your Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint.
- Gently sand down old mirror with very fine sandpaper removing the shine.
- Cover the mirror so paint does not get on it.
- Spray the mirror with however many coats desired for your specific mirror
- Allow the paint to fully dry, remove paper and replace the mirror in the desired location.
Looking to do your own mirror makeover? Learn more about the Rustoleum Chalked Ultra Matte Paint line by viewing the pre-mixed colors like the Aged Grey that I used here. Looking to get your brush dirty and a more hands on approach? See here for dark tint base and here for light tint base.
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