DIY Aged Mirror For Fall Decorating

Have you ever turned ordinary glass into a mirror? It's actually quite easy and fun to watch the glass transform like magic in mere minutes. In this post, not only am I going to show you how to turn inexpensive dollar store picture frame glass into a mirror but also how to antique or age the mirror for Fall. It makes for an interesting addition to a Fall mantel scape.

 Picture Frame Glass Turned Into A Fall Aged Mirror

Turn Picture Frame Glass Into An Aged Mirror For Fall

This is such an inexpensive home decor idea for any time of the year but when painting the picture frame in pretty fall colors and adding a stencil to the front of the mirror, it adds a unique touch to decorating for Fall.

Fall Aged Mirror From A Thrift Store Picture Frame

If you look closely you can see pretty Fall mustard yellow paper peeking from behind the mirrored glass.

DIY Antiqued Framed Glass For Fall

Add some inexpensive dollar store painted pumpkins to the mix, and it makes for a lovely Fall vignette in pretty autumn colors.

From Picture Frame To DIY Fall Antiqued Mirror

Instructions for making an aged mirror for Fall

So first you're going to need a picture frame with glass. The one I'm using has been hanging outside on the fence for a few years. While the mirror held up perfectly, the wood picture frame took a beating from the elements.

Salvaged Picture Frame Aged Fall Mirror Before

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Supply List

Wood Picture Frame With Glass (salvaged)
Looking Glass Spray Paint
Autumn Orange Paint
Mustard Yellow Chalk Paint
Dark Wax
Vintage Scrapbook Paper
Hello Fall Stencil

Painting the aged mirror picture frame

After washing the dirt and grime and sanding the loose chipped paint, the frame was painted with two coats of the most suitable Autumn chalk paint color.

Fall Aged Mirror Frame Painted Orange

Next, I dry brushed a layer of Arles (a mustard yellow) Annie Sloan Chalk Paint with an inexpensive chip brush. Remove most of the paint from the brush onto a paper towel and then swipe your brush with very light pressure over the grooves in the frame and around the edges.

Fall Aged Mirror Frame Painted Layers

To age the frame I rubbed dark wax with a lint-free rag, applying it heavier in the nooks and crannies.

Fall Aged Mirror Dark Wax

Turn ordinary glass into a reflective mirror

Like I said earlier, turning regular glass into a reflective glass is super easy. I wrote detailed step-by-step instructions here in my How To Turn Ordinary Glass Into Looking Glass tutorial. Once you're finished this step I'll show you how to antique the mirror in the next step.

How to age or antique the reflective mirror 

To antique or age the mirror, crumble a wet rag in your hand and with little pressure, randomly dab it over sections of the dried reflective paint to remove it. Don't fret if you removed too much in some places because you can always go over it with more reflective paint.

Once the reflective paint is dry we're going to add to the antique or aged look of the mirror by adding vintage-looking damask scrapbook paper behind the painted side of the glass. Any pretty vintage looking paper in Fall colors will compliment the painted frame.

Cut the paper the same size as the mirror. Place the mirror back into the picture frame with the painted side facing inwards and slip the scrapbook paper behind it. Put the picture frame backing into the frame and now we're ready to make this aged mirror look even more Fall worthy.

Fall Aged Mirror Scrapbook Paper

A few years ago I did something similar by aging a regular mirror. You can see how that is done in my How To Make An Ordinary Mirror Look Antiqued post.

Stenciling the aged mirror

Last but not least I stenciled the unpainted side facing outwards of the aged mirror with the same stencil I used on these DIY Checkered Pillows For Fall and the same Autumn orange chalk paint as the frame.

Fall Aged Mirror Stencil Supplies

Center the stencil over the mirror and hold in place with painters tape. I used an up and down pouncing motion to apply the chalk paint and it took several layers to cover the glass. Perhaps a glass or multi-surface craft paint would have provided more coverage.

Fall Aged Mirror Stenciled

That's it, what you'll end up with is this pretty Fall Aged Mirror.

DIY Fall Distressed Mirror

For more Fall inspiration check out my Fall Projects page.

I told you it was easy! How fun would these be for every season? If you have any questions about this project, please leave them in the comment section below or press the Contact Me button at the top of the blog to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!


Fall DIY Antiqued Aged Mirror

DIY Aged Mirror

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