IKEA Mirror made into French style vintage mirror

I was restoring and repurposing some of our old furniture, specially IKEA furniture because I wanted more classic appearance in the home decor. 

This time I decided to transform my daughter’s old 12€ basic IKEA mirror into a vintage style mirror. (I always steal my daughter’s furniture to restore it. :))

vintage style mirror ikea hack
  • White plain IKEA mirror (I bought it about 10 years ago and I don’t remember the name of this mirror. It is now discontinued. You can try with the newer IKEA mirrors like TOFTBYN.)

Vintage style IKEA Mirror

The first thing I did was clean all the surfaces (mirror frame, wooden board and wooden moulding) thoroughly so that the chalk paint, (which does not need a primer) would grip well.

I wanted to make a floor-standing mirror much larger than my daughter’s IKEA mirror that I already had. For that, I took a wooden board that I had left over from a big shelf and used it as a base.

ikea mirror

In my mind, I imagined the mirror as if it were an antique door, so I decided to create two square moldings that resemble the shape of a door and place the mirror in between.

In addition, to increase the feeling of antiquity, I decided to put a motif on each square. So I looked for a stencil template with a classic drawing.

I didn’t know how to give volume to the drawing and thought to make a paste with toilet paper and white glue with which to mold on the drawing.


It was a success.

Then I glued the moldings around the motifs and the mirror between them. I had to wait 24 h until it was dry.

I glued the mirror too, but in order to be safer, I put four spikes to keep the mirror in place.


Once dry, I protected the mirror with masking tape and painted a first coat of gray chalk paint. I let it dry 24 h.

vintage style mirror ikea hack

Next day, I painted a second coat of antique white chalk paint and also let it dry. Then I lightly sanded some parts to bring out the bottom color and get the aged look.

vintage style mirror ikea hack
vintage style mirror ikea hack

The final look is like an antique door with a certain French air.

vintage style mirror ikea hack
vintage style mirror ikea hack

I placed it at the entryway and it is decorative as well as very functional.

It was too cheap, specially because I already owned most of materials, including the chalk paints.

I just bought the moldings for about 10€.

See my other hack for the hallway, Chinoiserie dresser with plain IKEA MALM.

~ by Begoña, Madrid, Spain.

Jules Yap