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Flea Find to Reclaimed Wood Mirror

This post has been updated! Find the full tutorial + a mirror round-up right here.

A long, long, time ago, Scott and I almost left the flea market empty handed – can you believe it? As vendors began packing up their booths and in turn, we began our walk back to the car, an eager seller yelled out, hey, folks, it’s all a dollar! Come and get it!


Like moths to a flame (easy targets, these two), we circled back and snagged a 3′ x 4′ mirror. For a dollar. It was once a part of a dresser set, painted too many times to count, and so far, it’s lived in five different homes – from Cincinnati to Chicago. It was always ugly, but we finally changed that!

It was as simple as building a new frame to our liking, and just like that, our entryway feels ten times bigger. We shared the tutorial over on the Bali Blinds blog today, so we encourage you to check it out!

We’re happy to be contributors to the Bali Blinds blog, and you can see all of our posts right here. Be sure to stick around and get inspired by their amazing team!

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  • Amanda3.24.15 - 7:27 AM

    This looks beautiful! What a great find :)ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne J3.24.15 - 8:59 AM

    Very cool. I’m looking to frame some prints and not pay an arm and a leg so I was debating on attempting it myself. As long as I get the glass cut, you make it look totally doable!ReplyCancel

    • Kim3.24.15 - 11:44 AM

      We always get our glass cut at Ace! It’s so much cheaper than you might think. Small standard frames (think 8×10 or 11×14) are typically less than $5, and really large frames might be around $30-40 – I suppose some of this cost might depend on where you’re located as well.ReplyCancel

  • AnnMarie3.24.15 - 11:35 AM

    Simple and unfussy, but so gorgeous! And I love that the frame is made of a stud from the house. I wish I had a few of those lying around.ReplyCancel

    • Kim3.24.15 - 11:42 AM

      We used to have a ton, but our supply is slowly getting smaller… Time to tear down more walls? ;)ReplyCancel

  • Trude3.24.15 - 4:10 PM

    Looks so awesome! Really love the touch of old wood with all the black and white, especially wood that’s part of the house’s history!ReplyCancel

  • Sally3.25.15 - 1:20 AM

    Can you tell me the gray paint color in your entryway? It looks beautiful!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim3.25.15 - 9:21 AM

      Thanks, Sally! It’s “Sterling” by Behr, but we only had it mixed to 75%. It’s a subtle, steely gray.ReplyCancel

  • The Kentucky Gent3.25.15 - 10:11 AM

    Your front entry is SO gorgeous. I love the color door and the mixing of different floor mediums.

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

  • sasha4.27.15 - 4:08 PM

    I love this mirror. We’re going to make one with an old stud too (for a new bathroom that the stud was taken out to make way for, no less!) You said you used danish oil to darken the wood but was there any stain in it? Or just the natural oil? Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim4.27.15 - 7:19 PM

      Thanks, Sasha! It was walnut Danish oil. Good catch!ReplyCancel

  • Kim2.7.16 - 4:27 PM

    Hi, when you say 75% do you mean 75% lighter or darker?
    The reason I ask b/c I went to home Depot show them the picture and they don’t understand.


    • Kim2.7.16 - 10:25 PM

      I had it tinted at 75% strength, making it lighter than the paint color itself. (Meaning, that the color was made 25% weaker, lightening the shade up by that much.) Home Depot can tint it at any strength percentage – maybe ask for a manager if they’re unclear on what you’re asking?ReplyCancel

      • Karen3.3.16 - 11:09 AM

        I KNEW they could do this!!!! Ugh! I was at HD yesterday between two greys, the darker of which was Sterling. I specifically talked to the lady and told her it was just a little too dark and asked her if she could mix it at 75%. She told me they could go darker but not lighter. I said I had done it several times before and she thought I was crazy. I’ll go back tomorrow and tell them! I bought a sample of Sterling and painted it on the wall and I was right, just a little too dark. I’m so glad I found this post!ReplyCancel

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