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How To Make Over a Mirror Frame and Wall Panel

The mirror receives a rejuvenating paint treatment, and panels are marked off and painted to give the walls texture.

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  • Time

    Several Weekends

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Prepare the Mirror

Tape off the mirror frame and lightly sand it.

Step 2: Prime and Paint the Mirror Frame

Using foam brushes, prime the frame with a custom-color gray-blue (any color can be used for this step) and let the paint completely dry. When the primer is dry, apply a coat of Copper Metallic paint to the mirror frame and allow it to dry.

Step 3: Add the Finishing Touches to the Mirror

Paint a layer of custom dark brown over the frame, allowing it to set up until tacky to the touch, then spray it with water and partially wipe off with a cloth. The copper and brown colors create a rich texture, while the water spots add to the aged look.

paint layer of custom dark brown over frame

Step 4: Draw and Tape Off the Wall Panels

Draw the wall panels on the walls using a level and a pencil. Place painter's tape along the pattern and burnish into place with the edge of an eraser. The reason for this is simple: the walls have a mottled texture, so if the tape isn't securely in place along both edges, the panel paint could seep under the tape.

Step 5: Paint Over the Walls and Tape

Paint the Richmond Gold over the walls, panels and tape. When the paint is partially dry, pull the tape off the walls to reveal the panel pattern. The new design makes the room look bigger.