Upcycled Treasure: How I Turned an Old Dresser Mirror Into a Chicken Wire Frame.

Upcycled Treasure: How I Turned an Old Dresser Mirror Into a Chicken Wire Frame.

Throwing things away is something I’ve never been good at. I always think “Oh man, that could be something totally cool!” I don’t always know at the time what it might be… and I’m guaranteed a strong eye roll from my husband when I lug the “junk” into our garage. This project was a perfect example of just that!

I had this awesome mirror frame leftover from an old dresser I customized a month or so ago. Every time I looked at it I saw a picture frame and just couldn’t throw it away!
Isn’t she beautiful!? I especially love the shape.

The first thing I did was remove the arms, old staples and nails that were used to hold the old mirror in. Don’t you worry, those arms will be used for something… Because I really hate throwing things away!!

I used a small BlackNDecker drill – a tack remover – and a pair of pliers.

Here is what she looked like after removing all of the hardware and such!

The next step was cleaning. Just a simple mix of Dawn dish soap and water! (Read our basic guide to cleaning before painting with Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint.)

Now came the fun part!! PAINTING! I have so many great color options to choose from, but I settled on Vintage Duck Egg with Creme Highlights.

After Painting it with Vintage Duck Egg I decided not to highlight with the Creme instead I distressed the outlines of the frame with 150 grit sand paper. I didn’t think the creme was needed because it turned out so nice!!

After the paint was dry I sealed the frame with Wise Owl’s Matte Varnish. It highlighted the distressed wood perfectly! It was then time to add the chicken wire…. Have I mentioned that I LOVE chicken wire frames!?.. and anything shabby chic!!
I measured out the amount of wire needed to cover the back of the frame. Then used wire cutters to cut the piece off of the roll.

With my husbands help, while he held down the wire for me, I stapled it to the back of the frame using my electric Arrow Staple Gun. I hammered the staples in to be sure they were secure, then using the same wire cutters, I trimmed off the excess wire.

 Here is the end result!!!!

 It holds so many pictures!

Thank you for reading! If you’d like to purchase this frame you’re in luck 🙂 Find it in my store along with some other fun custom signs!
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