Updating An Ugly Thrifted Hexagon Mirror

Updating An Ugly Thrifted Hexagon Mirror

Right around the time that I was hunting down a piece of vintage furniture for this painting project, I happened upon a beat up old mirror at the thrift store. It was listed for $8.95, which, frankly, I thought seemed a little high, but I loved the shape and the gold frame was intriguing to me, too, so I grabbed it on a whim as I headed toward the register. As soon as I lifted the mirror and started my trek to the front of the store, though, I could tell that the frame wasn’t solid. I was kind of rushing to the cash register to beat an onslaught of other thrift-hardy women laden down with treasures, so, in the end, I decided to push on with the mirror in hand.

Updating An Ugly Thrifted Hexagon Mirror

Updating An Ugly Thrifted Hexagon Mirror

Updating An Ugly Thrifted Hexagon Mirror

After getting the piece home later that afternoon, I happened to post a sneak peek of the piece on Instagram Stories, asking for suggestions on what to do. I briefly explained the situation, remarking about the cheap frame, and my fellow blogger pal Jenni, of I Spy DIY, DMed me a fabulous idea—get rid of the frame altogether! I think I had been so fixated on the idea that I needed to make the frame work somehow (probably with paint), that it hadn’t even occurred to me to just ditch it.

I gave the frame a few experimental tugs, and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was nothing but hollow plastic. It came off in my hands with little to no effort, and I was soon able to lift the hexagon mirror out of the grooves in the splintered particle board and plastic.

Updating An Ugly Thrifted Hexagon Mirror

Updating An Ugly Thrifted Hexagon Mirror

Updating An Ugly Thrifted Hexagon Mirror

After that, I used a sharp razor blade to scrape off the bits of glue around the edges, as well as a couple of other caked-on areas of dirt and grime. Then, finally, I hung it up on the wall in our family room using a handful of plastic screw-in clips. A quick once-over with glass cleaner left the mirror glistening, and it was ready for close-ups once more.

Updating An Ugly Thrifted Hexagon Mirror

Updating An Ugly Thrifted Hexagon Mirror

Updating An Ugly Thrifted Hexagon Mirror

Updating An Ugly Thrifted Hexagon Mirror

Updating An Ugly Thrifted Hexagon Mirror

The outer corners of my new-to-me hexagon mirror aren’t perfect, but I really don’t mind those slightly antiqued black edges. It just goes a little further to accentuate the fact that the piece is vintage rather than brand new. I hope you guys like how it turned out, and a BIG thanks to Jenni for the inspiration! I consider this one a good team effort.

Updating An Ugly Thrifted Hexagon Mirror

Updating An Ugly Thrifted Hexagon Mirror

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