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Antique Mirror Makeover

A few years ago I scored a beautiful antique mirror at a yard sale at the lake for just $5. This mirror has patiently been waiting in my basement for a makeover and it’s finally complete. I love the end result of this antique mirror makeover!

Antique mirror with a gold frame with a wreath decorated in a coastal style

I’m sharing my antique mirror makeover for this month’s Thrifty Style Team project hosted by Julie of Redhead Can Decorate.

Don’t miss all of the other projects shared this month! You’ll find links to visit each project at the end of this post.

Antique Mirror Makeover

I do not often go to yard sales but there is one house at the lake that is a must-stop if I see a yard sale sign. I instantly fell in love with this antique gold-framed mirror.

Antique Mirror with gold frame

Giving the Antique Frame an Update

To update the frame, I started by removing the mirror from the frame and gently cleaning it.

I then got out my supplies, latex gloves and Rub ‘n Buff in Antique Gold.

Antique Mirror with gold frame

Rub ‘n Buff is the easiest product to use and it instantly gives whatever you are using it on a beautiful updated look.

Antique gold Rub 'n Buff

I usually wear latex gloves when applying Rub ‘n Buff but I also sometimes apply it with a scrap piece of t-shirt.

Beware that Rub ‘n Buff will stain your finger as you apply it but it is easily cleaned off with mineral spirits of GoJo hand cleaner.

To apply the Rub ‘n Buff, squirt a small amount onto your finger or cloth and rub it onto the frame.

Applying Rub 'n Buff to an antique mirror frame

It was so much fun to see the dull surface transformed into a beautiful shiny gold one.

Antique mirror updated with Antique Gold Rub 'n Buff

After the Rub ‘n Buff is applied and has dried, use an old t-shirt to buff it to bring out the shine.

Reassemble the Mirror

This antique mirror is quite heavy thanks to its super thick mirror.

Very thick antique mirror

I used my Logan Duel Point Driver to reassemble the mirror. This is a super handy tool to have in your toolbox!

Attaching mirror to frame with Logan Duel Point Driver

The old wire and eye hooks were replaced and then this mirror was ready to be displayed.

Old hanger on antique mirror

The End Result

My updated mirror is now hanging in our foyer. To decorated the mirror for summer, I made a coastal wreath to hang on it.

Antique mirror with a gold frame with a wreath decorated in a coastal style

Mama has a larger but similar antique gold mirror hanging in the entryway of her 1912 home.

Mama’s wreath is from Williamsburg and my dear friend Julie of My Wee Abode and I purchased it for her when Julie was visiting me last summer from California.

Antique Gold Mirror with a Williamsburg Style Wreath_

If you are the praying type, please say a prayer for my sweet Mama. In two weeks she starts chemo to treat her horrid colon cancer that has metastasized to her liver.

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  1. Love the beautiful project you always share with us. This is so lovely.
    You are on my prayers list and I will ad your sweet Ma Ma to the list
    I am a survivor of stage 3 colon cancer. Tell her to stay strong.
    God bless you and all who love you.

  2. Hey Paula, question. Was the frame gold leaf when you started? Is your product a gold leaf or paint? I don’t want to paint over the gold leaf.
    Lots of prayers for your mom and continue for you!

  3. Paula that project turned out great. I reluctantly used Rub n Buff on one a few years ago and was shocked how well it works. I have since used the product on a few more pieces and highly recommend it. Prayers for you and your mother are being sent by so many. Bless you both.

  4. Prayers for your Mom and for you, too. I recently got some Rub and Buff (silver and gold) at a yard sale and can’t wait to find a project. I had to smile when you said “gloves.” I do a lot barehanded and pay for it. When it is silver or gold paint wearing off, I just tell people it is my natural color coming through–shuts them right up!

    1. I am picturing your Rub ‘m Buff stained fingers. My gloves usually tear and I don’t realize it so I’m left with a stained finger. Mama and I so much appreciate your prayers and support.

  5. Your mirror turned out beautiful, Paula. Rub n Buff is great stuff! You and your Mom are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. The mirror came out beautiful. Always in my prayers both you and your mom. Have a great weekend.

  7. Rub n Buff packs a punch in that tiny tube! I love that stuff! This mirror turned out so lovely, Paula! Sorry to here about you mom – sending prayers right now 🙂

  8. Hi Paula

    Maybe someone already mentioned this but your link for the DYI bench goes to the DYI swing.

    Thank you for your inspiring site and yes, big prayers for your mama. Peace.

    1. Thank you for letting me know about the link, Kimber! Mama and I both really appreciate your support and prayers.

  9. I’ve been missing your posts in my news feed and something made me think about you. The mirror turned out beautiful. I really enjoy your content and messages. I’ll be praying for your sweet mama and you.

  10. Thanks for introducing me to a new, cool product, Paula! I’ve never tried Rub n Buff, but I’m keeping it in mind for future projects. Your mirror looks gorgeous with your coastal wreath. What a difference! I’ll sure be praying for your Mama in the coming weeks.

  11. I love a good rub ‘n buff project! My mother put me on to it decades ago for the very same project — rejuvenating her collection of antique mirrors.

    It looks glorious!

  12. I have always heard of rub and buff but was a little leery to give it a try. Your mirror looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this technique.
    Adding your mama to my prayer list, along with you continually.
    Take care of yourself, my friend!

  13. Such a beautiful transformation, Paula! The power of Rub n Buff is like the power of paint. It never ceases to amaze me. I’ll definitely be adding my prayers to the others for both you and your Mom. I know she’s one of your best friends and an absolute treasure. Cheering you on as you continue your treatments and recovery! Hugs, CoCo

  14. The mirror turned out lovely! So nice to have a great garage sale right near you on the lake. You, Your Mom and family are in my prayers sweet Paula. Sending you a big hug! xxooxo

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