I found two mirrors at our local flea market (swap meet) for a total price of $8 ($3 and $5). The frames are both made from some sort of poured plastic mold. Vintage frames made from a mixture of plastic and resin are a common find at flea markets, yard sales and thrift stores. You can find upcycled painted versions of these on eBay, Etsy and in vintage/antique stores for anywhere from $25 to $200. I definitely prefer the budget (cheap and before paint) versions and then painting them myself! Many of the vintage plastic frame mirrors I have come across were made by Syroco, Burwood and Homeco. Most of them from the 70's and 80's, but some do date back even further.
These two mirrors are each a good size. The larger one measures approximately 32" tall x 18" wide. In their gold finishes they look cheap and plastic! However, don't ever let plastic stop you from buying. Remember, a can of spray paint can transform just about anything! I've said it many times, I love what you can do with a few dollars and a little bit of paint. It took me awhile to decide what color I wanted to paint them... But I decided to go with a flat black. I've never done black on accessories before and I decided I wanted to do a black and white mirror and photo wall up our stairwell, so black it was. Below is a picture of the mirrors as found. The gold on both of these looks way better in the picture than it actually did in person. They both were really ugly!!!
Yesterday I removed the backs from the mirrors and separated the frames from them for easy painting. I gave them two coats of spray paint and allowed them to dry. After the spray paint was dry (overnight), I distressed a little on the edging and details with a sandpaper sponge block. Any sandpaper would work. I just happen to like working with the sponge type because they are easy to hold. You can get these sanding blocks at most home improvement stores for $3 or $4.
As the above photo says, this is just the start of my vintage mirror and black and white photo collage wall. I have a few more mirrors and vintage frames to paint and then I need to find a few photos that I want to display. This wall is large and it will be a work in progress for awhile, but I will share my progress with you. I wasn't able to get good close up pictures of the mirrors on the wall. However, as the project continues I will work on getting better close ups of them.
Until next time,
Happy decorating :)
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