I was restoring and repurposing some of our old furniture, specially IKEA furniture because I wanted more classic appearance in the home decor.
This time I decided to transform my daughter’s old 12€ basic IKEA mirror into a vintage style mirror. (I always steal my daughter’s furniture to restore it. :))
IKEA ITEMS USED:
- White plain IKEA mirror (I bought it about 10 years ago and I don’t remember the name of this mirror. It is now discontinued. You can try with the newer IKEA mirrors like TOFTBYN.)
OTHER MATERIALS AND TOOLS:
- Wooden moulding
- Mitre saw box
- White and gray chalk paints
- Stencil template
- Toilet paper
- Carpenter’s white glue
- Masking tape
- Spikes (4)
- Thick wooden board
Vintage style IKEA Mirror
The first thing I did was clean all the surfaces (mirror frame, wooden board and wooden moulding) thoroughly so that the chalk paint, (which does not need a primer) would grip well.
I wanted to make a floor-standing mirror much larger than my daughter’s IKEA mirror that I already had. For that, I took a wooden board that I had left over from a big shelf and used it as a base.
In my mind, I imagined the mirror as if it were an antique door, so I decided to create two square moldings that resemble the shape of a door and place the mirror in between.
In addition, to increase the feeling of antiquity, I decided to put a motif on each square. So I looked for a stencil template with a classic drawing.
I didn’t know how to give volume to the drawing and thought to make a paste with toilet paper and white glue with which to mold on the drawing.
It was a success.
Then I glued the moldings around the motifs and the mirror between them. I had to wait 24 h until it was dry.
I glued the mirror too, but in order to be safer, I put four spikes to keep the mirror in place.
Once dry, I protected the mirror with masking tape and painted a first coat of gray chalk paint. I let it dry 24 h.
Next day, I painted a second coat of antique white chalk paint and also let it dry. Then I lightly sanded some parts to bring out the bottom color and get the aged look.
The final look is like an antique door with a certain French air.
I placed it at the entryway and it is decorative as well as very functional.
It was too cheap, specially because I already owned most of materials, including the chalk paints.
I just bought the moldings for about 10€.
See my other hack for the hallway, Chinoiserie dresser with plain IKEA MALM.
~ by Begoña, Madrid, Spain.