Do you have a picture frame or a mirror in your house that’s in a closet because it’s too ugly? You can change the way it looks in about 30 minutes. You will be surprised at the difference a little spray paint can make. Read on to learn how to spray paint a mirror frame in 30 minutes.
I have a GOLD mirror that’s been sitting in my garage for months. I need a full-length mirror in my house (we don’t have one). The mirror I’m painting is from The Bombay Company. Does anyone remember that store? It unfortunately closed a long time ago.
The mirror has a beveled edge, so it’s a little nicer than just the average mirror I could get from Target. That’s why it’s worth re-purposing.
Do you have an old picture frame or mirror that you’d like to transform? If so, follow along with this tutorial. The painting only takes about 10 minutes. Another project that I procrastinated about that in reality took so little time.
Supplies Needed to Spray Paint a Mirror Frame
The most important part when you spray paint a mirror frame isn’t the paint, it’s the prep. If you are going to spray paint a frame you will need to use painters tape or frog tape, brown paper, cardboard or drop cloth and paint.
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- Frog tape – Frog tape sticks better than blue painters tape, so it’s worth a few cents extra.
- Spray paint – I used a flat black.
- Brown paper – You could use newspaper or anything to cover the surface of the mirror (or glass)
- Mirror or Frame that you want to re-purpose. If you can’t find one at a garage sale, here is an inexpensive full-length mirror on Amazon that you could glue wood trim around. It’s so much cheaper than getting one with wood trim. It even has a beveled edge.
Steps to Spray Paint Mirror Frame
Step one in any painting project is to clean the surface you are about to paint. If the surface is greasy, be sure to use something to degrease like Krud Kutter. Let your project dry completely.
The second step to spray paint your frame is to tape off the edges. Tape around all the edges, especially if your frame has lots of layers to it and not just a flat surface. This might mean that you have to apply tiny bits of tape to fill in gaps. It will become clear once you start spraying why this is necessary.
Unfortunately I didn’t figure out a way before I spray painted the mirror to photograph it without being in the photo.
Once you have the surface taped lay your mirror or frame flat on the ground. Protect the surface of the mirror or glass if you are painting a frame, the mirror itself. The best way to do this is to tape brown paper over the mirror.
I learned the hard way that just laying a piece of paper over the mirror is not enough. Spray gets under the paper. The good news is that you can wipe it off with Windex and some elbow grease.
applying spray paint
Now it’s time for fun. Always shake your spray paint before you begin. Spray the surfaces that face up first.
Next get down close and look in all the nooks and crannies. Spray all the edges you missed and the sides. You can wait for the paint to dry from the first round before you do this if you don’t want to get paint on your hands.
It was approximately 115 degrees in my garage, so I went for it before waiting for anything to dry. I just squatted down and sprayed against the ground. You need to protect the floor or table you are spraying against because the spray travels farther than you think.
The secret to getting a smooth finish with spray paint it not to spray to much in one place. Move quickly and don’t hold the spray for too long in any one spot. You can always go back for a second spray if you miss a spot.
Remove Tape from Mirror
It’s important to remove the tape pretty quickly after you finish spraying your painting. That way you can remove any over-spray before it hardens.
Once you remove the paint you may notice spray paint got under your protective layer. I had a lot of spray paint ON THE MIRROR. It’s easy remove the over-spray using a paper towel and some Windex, but it works best if you clean up your mistakes before the paint cures.
That’s it. spray painting a mirror frame is so quick and easy if you prep your mirror first.
How to Spray Paint anything Like a Pro
Spray painting is something that even novice painters can handle with ease. Here are five tips for how to spray paint anything like a pro:
- Tip 1 – Prep the surface well. Make sure it is clean and dry
- Tip 2 – Always paint over a covered surface. You can cover it with anything from grocery bags to newspaper. Give yourself a one to two-foot barrier around what you are painting. If you can prop up what you are painting on top of cups or a bench, that can make painting the sides much easier.
- Tip 3- Hold your paint can no more than 10-12 inches above the object you are painting.
- Tip 4 – Use motion. Don’t hold the can in one place. Wave your arm over the object you’re painting.
- Tip 5 – Many light coats will look better than one heavy coat of paint. Allow the paint to dry between coats.
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