Update a contractor-grade mirror with a single can of spray paint! Using this hack, you can transform plain chrome into stylish matte black fixtures in your bathroom. Follow this step-by-step tutorial on how to spray paint a mirror on a small budget for beautiful, expensive results.
When you’re operating on a tight budget, there are some things that just aren’t worth the big expense to stay on-trend. For this bathroom makeover, it was the fixtures around the mirror.
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We wanted all matte black fixtures for a fresh and stylish look to complement the rest of the budget bathroom makeover. We already purchased fixtures for the other bathroom areas, but these chrome fixtures around the mirror stuck out like a sore thumb!
Instead of purchasing a new mirror, we applied spray paint on the mirror fixtures. You could do this same project with brass fixtures, outdated light fixtures, or any other pieces of hardware that need updating.
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The great thing about this project is that we didn’t have to remove the mirror from the wall. There’s no drilling, patching holes, or anything like that. I taped the fixtures off and sprayed them.
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Supplies needed to update bathroom mirror frame
- Flat Black Spray Paint
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Plastic Drop Cloth
- Painter’s Tape
Step 1: Tape everything off.
First, tape off the wall and anything else around the fixtures.
The convenient thing about this project is that you can spray paint the mirror fixtures without taking them (or the mirror) off the wall, as long as you tape off the other areas well.
I tore off pieces of painter’s tape and taped off the fixtures. For the mirror, I covered it with a plastic drop cloth.
We planned on painting this bathroom anyway, so I wasn’t too precise about taping off and shielding the walls – just enough to avoid heavy paint splotches.
Step 2: Clean fixtures with rubbing alcohol.
As with all painting projects, make sure that the surface to be painted is clean and dry.
I used rubbing alcohol, which is cheap and removes grime, oil, and dirt, helping the spray paint adhere better to the mirror frame.
Step 3: Spray the paint onto the mirror frame.
Next, I began applying the spray paint on the fixtures.
Since we were painting this room anyway, I wasn’t too careful about overspray. If you aren’t repainting the walls, you must be much more diligent in taping off.
While spray painting, you can also use a piece of cardboard to help you contain the overspray from getting onto other surfaces.
I used 2-3 light coats of paint for this project, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. Check out our other spray painting tips here for more helpful advice!
After Picture: Sprap Painted Mirror
This simple bathroom hack is perfect if you’re on a major budget and looking for ways to update your home for next to nothing! All you need is some cleaning and masking materials, a can of spray paint, and a little time to change the look of your bathroom mirror frame completely.
What bathroom fixtures are you updating next with spray paint?
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- Flat black spray paint
- Rubbing alcohol
- Plastic drop cloth
- Painter's tape
- Tape everything off and cover mirror and surrounding wall with plastic drop cloth.
- Clean fixtures with rubbing alcohol.
- Spray the paint on to the mirror frame. Use 2-3 light coats.