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It’s Thrift Store Challenge time again! I found this old sad broken sunburst mirror that needed new life! I have been seeing beaded mirrors popping up at places like West Elm, Wayfair and Pottery Barn. I knew I had to have one! When I saw this sunburst I knew this could be a fun boho piece for my living room! Plus I didn’t have to DIY the base! Win, win!
For this makeover I used some beaded necklaces I bought for crafts. You can find these sometimes at Walmart or dollar stores. They are great because you can get a lot beads in different sizes very inexpensively. You could also use party beads like the ones they throw in Mardi Gras or just string your own. Just find the ones where the beads are closely strung together. Here’s how I made it!
Beaded Sunburst Mirror
- Sunburst Metal Mirror
- Beads in various sizes: Teal, Green, Blue, Gold
- Beading String: Clear
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
- Spray Metallic Paint: Gold
Take apart the sunburst mirror, remove the back and mirror if possible.
If the mirror is not removable cover it in painters tape before painting it. Remove any embellishments and old glue. Use sandpaper to smooth out any imperfections.
Paint the base with light coats of gold metallic spray paint and let it dry by manufacturers directions.
NOTE: My beads were on already on strands. I cut one end, tied it in a knot and left the other end loose. I found having the beads already strung made gluing the strands to the edge of the mirror very easy. Gluing each individual bead would of made the lines uneven and would take a long time to get them straight. I also put the mirror back in the sunburst frame before adding the beads.
Using hot glue start gluing the end of the strand of beads with the knot to the outer edge of the frame. When you reach the end, tie the end in a knot and glue it down tightly into place. I glued the gold strand in the center down onto the mirror. Clean up any stray glue strings with pliers and that’s it!
This truly is a fun and unique piece. The gold in the center is the perfect pop. It’s hard to believe this $1.99 sad throw away could look so amazing!
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