Make Your Own Mirrored Furniture!

*Update 10/3/2018* 8 years later, this is still one of my most popular posts! These nightstands now reside in our vacation home in Maine and have gone through 6 moves and going strong. They may need a fresh coat of paint in the near future, but the mirrors are still intact! Maybe I need to do another mirrored project soon!

So mirrored furniture is really hot right now and has been for a little bit… and I, of course, have been salivating over these pieces and wanting them for my house and more specifically for nightstands.  But starting at $400 (and really more realistically $600) a piece, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  So I decided to make my own.  I am extremely happy with the finished product:

Just wait until you hear how much I spent (or saved depending on how you look at it)! My husband didn’t believe me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But first, I will show you how I did it.  I started out with these nightstands. To be honest with you, I thought they looked good to begin with. I apologize because I am horrible at taking good “before” pictures because I always get too excited to start the project.  So here’s what they looked like with a little spackling to fill in some larger dents.  I paid $10 each at Deseret Industries (a local thrift store).  They are sturdy and solid wood.

I painted them out in a sea glass blue.

I had some leftover brown paint from my master bedroom wall, that I tried to thin out and use as a glaze… it was all wrong!  Too orange for the blue and so I had to repaint. So much for trying to save a few bucks by not buying glaze.

Here they are re-glazed in a proper color.

 

Absolutely no orange. It was worth spending $14 for it and there is a lot left over that I can use on other projects.

So then I measured all the spaces where I wanted to put the mirrors and then called up my local glass/mirror store (Jones Paint and Glass) and had them custom cut 1/8″ mirror for me. I was really surprised at how cheap it was!

I then just used liquid nails (because I already had it) to adhere the mirrors to the nightstand. You probably should use a mirror adhesive (10/3/18 Update- Liquid Nail has held up fine with no issues at all). I don’t know if this is better or not. Then I taped them in place.  I let it dry overnight even though I am really impatient. I didn’t want to mess things up!

I applied mirror even on the sides.  I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out.  They look even better in person.

Okay… so my husband kept asking me over and over to tell him how much I spent because he didn’t believe me.

Here’s the breakdown:

$20 for 2 nightstands

$13 for 1 quart of blue paint (a little over half remaining)

$14 glaze (lots of leftovers)

$35 custom cut mirrors for 2 nightstands

$0 liquid nails

$82 for 2 mirrored nightstands!!

Or $41 each… which is basically 10% of what I could have spent!  But I love these because I put my own thumbprint on it.  So go out and make your own mirrored furniture. I did it and so can you!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Making the house you have, the home you want!” 

 

 

21 thoughts on “Make Your Own Mirrored Furniture!

  1. Stephanie@cre8tive says:

    I just saw this on Tater Tots and Jello, wow I love it! I too love mirrored furniture but don’t like the price tag. You are brave to take on this project, it looks store bought. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Karen says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the how to. I have been thinking of taking on a project like this, but lacked the courage, this is great, I am looking forward to tackling this “redoux”!

  3. jen @ {decor junkie} says:

    Um, these are gorgeous! I LOVE them! I shouldn’t have seen this. Seriously. Because now all I can think about are how I can replicate them. I’m sure my husband will be so thrilled. haha! 🙂
    p.s. this is my first time to your blog and I love it! I will defnitely be back!
    p.p.s. Are you in Utah? — I think that’s the only place that has DI’s, right? Or does Idaho too?

  4. NataLee says:

    Thanks Jen! My husband wasn’t too excited until I told him how inexpensive they were to make. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Utah isn’t the only place for DI’s… they are in several states including Idaho (which is where I am assuming you are from- me too originally, born and raised). Here is the link for all the stores in Idaho:

    http://providentliving.org/pfw/multimedia/files/pfw/pdf/109027_IdahoHours_pdf.pdf

    Hope it helps! Good luck. Would love to see the finished product!

  5. Judy says:

    I really love the night stands…I too love mirrored furniture, but not the price tag…Now after reading your directions, I am looking for my DIY mirrored project…Thanks

  6. NataLee says:

    Necessity (or strong desire in my case =) is the mother of invention. I am glad I could inspire you. Let me know if you have any questions on your project and good luck!

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  8. hobbygrl 96 says:

    What is the exact brand and color of the paint you used? I love this and want to repeat the color on a nightstand. Thanks !

  9. Amy Larson says:

    Hi, I saw peelable mirror like product, that some people stick on their windows for privacy , do you think it would work? I saw it on eBay. Great job btw.

  10. NataLee says:

    Thanks! I haven’t ever seen a peelable mirror product. I would love to check it out though… do you have a link by chance?

    Peel and stick products have gotten WAY better on a whole and it would definitely be worth checking out. Good luck!

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