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turn any picture into a mirror

diy-change any picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

If you’re anything like me [stockpiler-of-just-about-anything-decor-related] then you have a small stash of picture frames around your abode collecting dust.  Some of mine are a bit outdated, but for whatever reason I hung onto them.  I came across this picture frame in my son’s closet recently and I know why I never got rid of the frame…

diy turn any picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

It seems like yesterday my husband was holding him in one hand.  sniff. sniff. sniff.

Before you start thinking I’m awful for even thinking about changing this, just know that I have plans to display these sweet pictures in a unique way [stay tuned].   Before I toss anything out I try to either re purpose it, or paint it, or give it a whole new look.  I decided to turn this frame into a mirror for my daughter’s room instead.  As you may know by now, I’m all about quick+easy DIY’s and this one is no different.

diy turn a picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

I’m sure you all have heard of Looking Glass spray paint by now and I think it’s still pretty amazing what it can do.  [click here to see my spaghetti jar makeover]

diy turn a picture frame into mirror using looking glass spray paint

To start I popped out the glass from the frame and gave it a good wash with a 50/50 mixture of water+vinegar

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Once dry I gave each piece of glass a couple coats of Looking Glass paint and here’s proof that this stuff can turn glass into a mirrored surface…

diy_change a picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

After one hour I put the mirrors back into the frame and hung up our new mirror in my daughter’s room

diy change any picture into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

I added a couple paper butterflies and “K” for her name to personalize it a bit. She’s 6 going on 16 and loves to put on play make-up so her desk now doubles as a vanity.  This mirror is just enough to allow her to play dress up.

change any old picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

There you have it!  A short post today for a short and fun DIY!

diy-change any picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

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upcycling spaghetti jars

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I have seen this idea on Pinterest and know there are a ton of tutorials out there so I will keep the chit chat to a minimum today.

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I love nothing more than taking something doomed for the trash heap and turning it into something useful and pretty (I think).  It’s such a feeling of satisfaction.

This is such an easy project and takes all of one hour (50 minutes of that is from a cycle in the dishwasher).

To start, I grabbed an empty spaghetti jar, washed it then removed the label.  This is the hardest part of this project, as those &*%#$ labels are glued onto the jar with super-human adhesive.

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See what I mean?  You will have some goo left on your jar so grab your Goo Gone, squeeze some on a paper towel and be amazed.  (I do not know what is in this stuff, nor do I really want to, but it’s the greatest invention!)

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Five minutes later and I had a sparkly clean jar!

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Next I spray painted the lid with black spray paint.

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Then I drilled a hole in the center of the lid and inserted a small screw.

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For the “handle” I used my son’s old dresser knobs and also gave them a quick squirt of black paint.  They came with his IKEA Hemnes dresser and I recently replaced them.

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Now you simply attach the knob to the jar and you should have this

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Now just put it all together and here you have your upcycled spaghetti jar

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To fancy mine up a little I added some jute rope and a chalkboard label I purchased from Hobby Lobby.

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(No, I didn’t spell coffee wrong, I’m married to a German!) :-)

I also attempted to create a mercury glass look on one jar using Looking Glass spray paint+black spray paint.  Tutorial coming soon!

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I love how they turned out and especially love upcycling “trash.”

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