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Embellished Antique Mirror

By: Susan Weckesser for My Sweet Earth

This DIY mirror project from Susan Weckesser is a thrifty way to update an old mirror. Add some style to your home with this embellished antique mirror.

Embellished Antique Mirror


  • Antique mirror
  • Painter's tape
  • Cardstock
  • Acrylic Paint: Gecko, Turqouise, Antiquw White
  • Color Float
  • Crackle medium
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks from Ranger
  • Cloth
  • Beach glass
  • Glue
  • Buttons
  • Lace
  • Rhinestones


  1. I found this lovely old antique mirror for sale at a really good price, so I decided to buy it and recycled it. First I took some painter's tape and cardstock and I covered over the mirror.

    Embellished Antique Mirror

    Embellished Antique Mirror
  2. I then gave it a lovely coat of acrylic paint. I used Gecko, and Turquoise and mixed in splashes of Antique White. With my Gecko I used a Color Float so I could play with the color and decide where I wanted to put it. I also applied a crackle medium.

    Embellished Antique Mirror

    Embellished Antique Mirror
  3. After the crackle medium was dry I put some Tim Holtz Distress Inks from Ranger on a cloth and rubbed it gently into the distressed cracked to complete my age look.
  4. I then glue on some beach glass. I LOVE beach glass!

    Embellished Antique Mirror
  5. I also glued on some nifty buttons.

    Embellished Antique Mirror
  6. After a bit of lace and rhinestones, my antique mirror is now complete!
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Anything with beach glass always has an airy, breezy feel to it and this project is no exception! Mirrors are a nice way to,display the glass because it reflects light back through it! Add some tiny sea shells here and there to add to the beachy feel. Even a sparkley gem here and there might be pretty to,add also. Thanks you for sharing this great idea!

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