DIY White Vintage Mirror

We’ve been obsessed with this photo for a while and it’s our plan to emulate it on our wedding day.

Black & White Dessert Bar


A big part of what appeals to us about this look is the black and white contrasting colors; it’s undoubtedly bold and beautiful. We love the elegant cake stands and symmetrical setup too, but our favorite element is that huge white mirror! Well, you guys know I’m obsessed with Etsy and know I love all things vintage, so it should come as no big surprise that I’m captivated by these lovely, white-framed, vintage mirrors. There are dozens for sale on Etsy too… just like this one:

Vintage Mirror

Carla Valverda, $180

Since before getting engaged, I imagined our day would be filled with simple Southern details such as this, but for $180, I wasn’t sure I would get to have one.

Mama Brooch thought otherwise! When I showed her the picture of the dessert table, a light bulb went off in her head! She said, remember raiding of granny’s closet? Remember all the frames and mirrors we found down there?

Well, in just three simple steps we now have a mirror almost exactly like the one shown above and it was free! Here are the steps:

1.) Sand the surface you plan to paint so that it’s smooth:


2.) Use tape to protect the mirror and start painting:


Make sure you get all the nooks and crannies!


3.) Let the paint dry:


Ready to see our white vintage mirror?

Here’s the BEFORE:

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Not too bad, huh? Well, I love it and I think it’s going to make a great addition to our dessert bar or at least some area of our venue! It’s a detail I’m glad we’re able to incorporate since there seems to be more and more things we’re cutting off our list lately.

P.S. I bet you’re wondering about those white frames and fabric! That’s another project I can’t wait to tell you about!


Mrs. Brooch

Arlington, VA
Wedding Date:
April 2011
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  1. Member
    kirabee 1240 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:45 pm

    Definitely best to prime a piece like that before painting – the old stain may start to show through. Any regular primer will do!

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    Lilacgal 380 posts, Helper bee @ 4:45 pm

    I LOVE your inspiration pic! So glad you found a way to use vintage family items for your wedding!

    Can’t wait to see what you’ve got planned for those frames!

  3. brooch Member
    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:46 pm

    @kirabee: You are absolutely right. I think we were just so excited to do it, we just did! @Lilacgal: I can’t wait to see them in action either, thanks!

  4. locket Member
    locket 2821 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:47 pm

    I never got to do this for the wedding, but am love with the idea of using one for decor.

  5. jaguar Member
    jaguar 6502 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:49 pm

    Ooh! It’s EXCELLENT! What a great find. :)

  6. oatmeal Member
    oatmeal 221 posts, Helper bee @ 4:56 pm

    Brooch, we speak the same wedding language. LOVE your style! Can’t wait to see the rest of your projects.

  7. panther Member
    panther 1112 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:27 pm

    It looks SO GOOD!

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    waffle 1161 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:40 pm


  9. brooch Member
    brooch 1760 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:50 pm

    @Mrs. Locket: @Miss Jaguar: @Miss Oatmeal: @Miss Panther: @Miss Waffle: AWW thank y’all! You guys are so supportive <3

  10. hippo Member
    hippo 1012 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:00 pm

    Good job, you! Those are super cute!!!

  11. lox Member
    lox 1465 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:02 pm

    It’s absolutely perfect! Can’t wait to hear about the other projects in the picture. :)

  12. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:15 pm

    The frame turned out great and way to DIY your vision and save money!

  13. jam Member
    jam 310 posts, Helper bee @ 9:01 pm

    Not only is it so supremely special and unique, but it’s a HUGE money-saver! Whoever that person is selling that mirror for $180 is cray cray, especially because shipping would be another $80. Oof.

    Can’t wait to see those frames & fabric in action! What a teaser, Miss B ; )

  14. bacon Member
    bacon 695 posts, Busy bee @ 10:54 pm

    I’m totally jealous of your fantastic mirror. I would totally put that up in my bedroom right now!

  15. glasses Member
    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:17 am

    It looks great! I bet you did it for cheap too. You sure are crafty, your wedding is going to be beautiful!

  16. trailmix Member
    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:31 am

    This will look perfect at your wedding, great job!!

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    Sunlavender 567 posts, Busy bee @ 7:53 am

    Love how you made your inspiration a reality. It looks fantastic!

  18. husky Member
    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:43 am

    Well done! I think they’ll look wonderful!

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    effietrinket 6299 posts, Bee Keeper @ 12:49 pm

    That’s really pretty! But….how are you going to hang/display it?

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    jema 177 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:35 am

    Love this!! Might have to steal this for my own candy bar!! :)

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