Look at this little beauty! Once again, I found this vintage octagon mirror, in a stack of old musty frames, and dusty mirrors, at the thrift store. Have I mentioned how much I love the thrift store? She had me at octagon. Didn’t hurt that it was only $10. Home with me, she came.
But, of course it didn’t start out so fresh, and so clean. (Forgive my “workshop photos”. Winter = no light). It started with an old, beat up, oak stained frame, with a gold inner trim. The hanging hardware on the back had it with a straight-edge up. I wanted to switch things up a little… (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).
First, I knew I wanted to hang it with an exposed strap. I had a couple options, but settled on my never-used hand strap, from one of my favourite cross-body Matt & Nat bags, that I’ve had for yeeeears. I never used it as a hand bag, so I had no need to hang onto the handstrap any longer. Perfect for this project.
I taped off the mirror and gave the entire frame, a nice coat of Rustoleum Gold Paint.
Then, to add a bit of dimension, and make the gold paint look a little more brassy (to match the patina on the hardware on my leather strap, I gave the gold paint a quick sand. Then, rubbed a little brown wood stain onto the frame with an old rag.
All that was left was to pre-drill holes, and add my brass screws to hook onto the strap, and hang.
Isn’t she pretty? I also shifted its position when hung, so there is a point at the top, instead of a straight-side.
The hardware on the strap was so perfect to work with as the bottom hooks, rotated 360 degrees, making it easy to hook it onto my screws and have everything lay flat.
Nice little addition to my gallery wall for now, but she may find a new home when we’re done with the fireplace mantel.
I love how the blue in the strap, keeps it modern and ties in with all my little blue accents in the living room.
LOVE a good, and EASY, DIY project that adds a lot of impact. $10 + what I had lying around the house + about 20 minutes of work, = well worth it! <3