How I Gave My Plain Black Mirror A Rubbed Bronze Makeover

how i gave my plain black mirror a rubbed bronze makeover

If you’ve been following my bathroom makeover journey you may remember I left off just having installed the vanity.  Now that that huge hurdle was finished it came time to hang a mirror over the vanity.  Having just removed a tiny vanity and the narrow mirror above it, I knew I wanted something completely different.  My new vanity was 45 inches wide so I wanted to up-size dramatically.  I wanted a large, round mirror but my totally traditional-don’t-rock-the-boat hubby was leaning toward something rectangular so I set out to find a few I could compare.

Always check multiple websites to find the best selection and deals!

I scoured my usual websites (Lowe’s, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Wayfair and Amazon) looking for some ideas and absolutely fell in love with one.  Wayfair had a large, round bronze mirror I thought would be perfect.  The only thing I didn’t like about it was the price – it was over $200!  I took the two mirrors I liked best (that round one and a rectangular one)  and measured them out on huge pieces of drafting paper I had on hand.  Using the measurements given online, I created two mock paper mirrors that I could now hold over the vanity to compare.

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My dream mirror.

Lucky for me, the hubs agreed that a round one looked better so now I just needed to wait until my dream mirror went on sale.  Eventually the mirror slowly fell in price but it was still pretty darn expensive so I waited some more.

Hobby Lobby to the rescue!

While perusing our new local Hobby Lobby one day this Summer I came across a large, plain, black mirror.  My Wayfair mirror was 36″ round but this one was a bit smaller at 32″.  I thought maybe, just maybe I could make it work.  The best thing about this mirror was that it was half the price of the dream mirror.  And it was 50% off which put it at around $60!  Score!  So I grabbed the mirror and searched for a bronze-y type spray paint that I could use to transform the mirror.  Since I didn’t know if the mirror could be popped out of the frame I was a little hesitant to buy the spray paint. I decided to hold off until I could come up with a better plan.

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Mirror from Hobby Lobby.

Now, I have to tell you that I’m a brat when it comes to being satisfied with my decisions.  Remember my floor ordeal?  My new bathroom hardware was rubbed bronze and this mirror was black.  The hubs thought we should just hang it as is but I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle having a black mirror above rubbed bronze knobs.  He was afraid we’d ruin the mirror if we tried to paint it, even though we’ve painted things much more difficult than it.  I didn’t feel like arguing so I compromised and decided to try to at least mimic the rubbed bronze edges on our sink handles and maybe I’d be satisfied.

My try at a rubbed bronze makeover.

I’m always painting craft projects so luckily I had a bottle of FolkArt® Metallics Solid Bronze on hand.  I started by laying the mirror flat on the table and wiping the entire thing down with my Norwex Cleaning Cloth and then drying it.  I squeezed some paint onto a napkin and grabbed a small sponge brush to apply it with.

bathroom mirror

Using a light touch I gently brushed the sponge against the edge of the mirror.

bathroom mirror

I also rubbed some on the outer edge while trying not to do a solid line but sporadic marks.

bathroom mirror

bathroom mirror

I love how the mirror turned out!  Now it was time to hang it.  This baby was very heavy so we used a screw to hold it and some mirror-safe adhesive. Be careful when selecting a mirror adhesive.  Some can affect the mirror’s reflective backing so choose one made specifically for mirrors.

bathroom mirror

We used the adhesive pictured above.  Below is the area all prepped and ready.

bathroom mirror

The finished product!

bathroom mirror

The top photo was right after we hung the mirror.  Hubs was trying to keep pressure against the bottom of it, hence the pillow and paper towel.  And the bottom photo was after the adhesive dried.

bathroom mirror

bathroom mirror

bathroom mirror

I love how the mirror turned out and I think it looks great with my handles and knobs.  I opted to use a very light hand with the application and figured I could always add more if needed but I’m satisfied.  And guess what?  I haven’t regretted the choice to go with this mirror over my dream mirror at all!

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