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Dining Room Mirror Makeover

2013 May 10
by Katie

This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape for Bower Power’s Frog Tape Fridays. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Goodbye goldie locks.  It’s not me….it was you.  The brownish orangey tone just wasn’t my cup of joe…errr…cup of Jer :)

Anything would be better in my book than the current finish…so it came next in our whirlwind dining room makeover.  The first thing I did was wipe it all down (it’s like a dust magnet and that is a big no-no when it comes to painting).  I then covered up the mirror part with FrogTape and brown paint paper so that it would be easy to clean up.

Time for painting…here’s what I used:  Zinsser Bulls Eye 123 Primer & Rustoleum Paint n Primer in one in white.  I love the Zinsser primer.  It’s like Taylor Swift…it really does stick to everything.  I feel like 32 sister :)  

I chose to go with the satin paint over the primer because I wanted the mirror to be more subtle than the effect that a gloss would give.  And yes, the Rustoleum has primer in it but I’ve found that a light dusting of the Zinsser primer helps things stick just a smidge better.      

A few coats later, I have one very white mirror.  So much better than the orange.

I went ahead and hung it up after removing the paper and tape…it immediately was more my style.

Doesn’t it look so much better against the dark gray?   I love the contrast. 

Oh and some folks were asking for a wide open shot of the dining room.  It’s in transition right now so please don’t think this is finished by any means.  I asked Jer to pull this old table out of storage (and we had to pick up the glass top from the friend he rented from 7 years ago!!).  I love the table but it’s obviously too small for this space for long term.  But it’s a nice stand-in till my new beauty arrives…aka…when we find the time to drive up to Chattanooga, rent a uhaul and bring it home :)

I think I might just go ahead and paint the base just for kicks.  And I need sconces.  I took out the old ones…they just weren’t screaming dining room to me. 

oh and ignore the too-short curtains.  I had three…the fourth curtain was left at the old house in the bathroom…and obviously they are high-watering it.  I just wanted to see how the dark brown looked.  The linen looks really good to me….it’s now just a waiting game till I can either go to Ikea to buy the longer ones or make my own. 

Another random note….I like the round pendant light in here with the round table but I’m unsure how it will look with the large rectangular table-to-be.  Anyone out there with a rectangular table and a round pendant?  If we don’t love it, I guess I could switch it out with the kitchen table light.  We’ll have to wait and see what looks best I guess.

So there you have it folks…new life in an old mirror.  I think Jer’s great aunt would be surprised to see how modern her mirror looks now…it definitely doesn’t look like it got a bad self-tan anymore, right?!

139 Responses leave one →
  1. May 10, 2013

    I love the white frame against your walls! We painted our living room a similar color last winter and I’ve been biding my time until the weather warms up so I can spray paint all my wall frames white : ) It’s going to look awesome! Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to try that primer!

  2. Rosemary Palmer permalink
    May 10, 2013

    I love spray paint – would love to meet up when you get to Chattanooga. A few good places to explore too.

  3. May 10, 2013

    I can’t tell how big the pendant is from the pictures, and I don’t know how big the table is (I’m thinking huge), but to create a “rectangular” shape with curvy lines, you could add 2 more smaller (but similar) pendants on either side of the larger one. That way, it would elongate the structure but maintain the round edges.

  4. Kym V permalink
    May 10, 2013

    As for the round drum shade and possible rectangle table….I’m buying one from West Elm this weekend to go over our dining room table. I love the contrast the two different shapes offer and drum shades in my opinion are so classic. I just love them. I say keep it :-) I was going to ask where you got your shade from because it’s much deeper err bigger than the WE one.

  5. May 10, 2013

    Wow! The whole room is going to end up looking really great. The mirror, especially!

  6. May 10, 2013


    We have a round pendant (similar to yours) with a rectangular table and I love the look :) . I’m planning on beefing up our table and some point in the future… but here’s how she is now: http://www.pepperdesignblog.com/tag/dining-room/

  7. meg permalink
    May 10, 2013


    Love the table!


  8. Laurel permalink
    May 10, 2013

    Love the white, but I think I would add just a touch of glazing to highlight the gorgeous details!

  9. Faith permalink
    May 10, 2013

    I can understand how you would want something bigger in here since you like to have family over, but I really like the look that this table gives. It would help if the chairs were not brown, and I don’t much care for the brown curtains, but I think the aqua table base looks super nice with all of the gray and white and mocha.

  10. May 10, 2013

    Gorgeous! That is my favorite spray paint!

  11. Cherri permalink
    May 10, 2013

    Have you considered adding a fabric strip to the bottom of your curtain panels, maybe in a wide stripe? Good job on the mirror. I have a large round pendant above my dining table which is long and oval-ish.

    • May 11, 2013

      I have but I don’t have that last panel. I’ll still have to replace it either way.
      xo – kb

  12. May 10, 2013

    We have a round pendant over our rectangle dining table and I love how they play off each other.

  13. Fiona permalink
    May 10, 2013

    Looks great! Please don’t paint the base of the table though – I don’t know how it is in person but in the pictures the pop of colour is my favorite part of the room!

    • May 11, 2013

      I like the color too but I’m not 100% certain either way.
      xo – kb

  14. May 10, 2013

    I’m loving the way this room is coming together! Can’t wait to see more :)

  15. Jolleen Fahner permalink
    May 10, 2013

    I guess I differ from the majority on the round drum over the rectangle table. I had round over rectangle and it just bugged me every single day! I finally switched it out with a fabric rectangle shaded fixture from west elm and I love it so much more now.

    Maybe the look wasn’t working for me because the whole space the table is in is long and narrowish, so the rectangle just made it feel more united to me. I bet the circle would look good in a room like yours that has a more open feel.

    Love the mirror, btw!

  16. Angela permalink
    May 10, 2013

    That mirror is B – EAU- TI-FUL!! It just goes to show anything with good shape/structure can be made over to suit. Some people love the antique, some love the modern but whatever is your style it’s the mirror itself that holds up either way. Jer’s Great Aunt should be proud tan or no-tan. :-D I love the white/grey. I also love the colour of the pedestal on that table, what colour would you repaint it? Can’t wait to see your new big table.

    • May 11, 2013

      I don’t know yet. I love the color just not in here.
      xo – kb

  17. May 10, 2013

    LOVING the wall color!

  18. May 10, 2013

    Looks great! We have a similar round pendant over a table that looks really similar to your new baby.


  19. Rob permalink
    May 10, 2013

    When do the chairs get a facelift?

    • May 11, 2013

      When I figure out what I’m gonna do with them…stay or go!
      xo – kb

      • May 14, 2013

        I have to say, I hope they go! Maybe transfered somewhere else. They just don’t fit the over all style of that room any more, IMO.

  20. Carolyn permalink
    May 10, 2013

    Really like the mirror painted white, but I feel like you lost some of the dimension. Have you thought about going over it just a bit with some light gray paint to pick up the details in the mirror?

    • May 11, 2013

      I did think about going back with a dipped rag to bring out some detail…it is a bit flat, huh!?
      xo – kb

  21. May 11, 2013

    The mirror was a good call-I’d even hit it with a lil rub-n-buff in matte silver to highlight all those nooks and crannies.

    You can add to those drapes at the top or bottom or even in the top third-it’s just straight sewing; any color that you choose- fuchsia, gold, pale blue, bright green-would look amazing, and then you could tie it in to the runner/napkins/whatever.

    It’s got a great start-will be fun to see the rest!

  22. May 11, 2013

    Hi Katie,
    I’ve been following your blog for a while and I’m always excited to see what you’ve been up to! I love the contrast between the white and grey – it looks so fresh and clean. I’ve been thinking about painting the walls in our house grey, but not sure it would work as we have very low ceilings and much smaller proportions that your gorgeous house – it is a 1846 Victorian cottage in the English countryside! I can’t wait to see how the dining room comes together especially with the curtains – why don’t you go for a fabric with white background and a grey pattern to bring the whole look together?

  23. Melanie permalink
    May 11, 2013

    Looking good! Where is your sideboard from?

    • May 11, 2013

      It’s the Canopy line from Walmart :)
      xo – kb

      • Amy permalink
        May 14, 2013

        How is the quality of the sideboard? I was looking at that one, but I can’t get my husband on board because he’s scared the quality is going to be bad (Walmart…ya know).

        • May 20, 2013

          I would say that its decent for the price. I can’t imagine it being sold at Pottery Barn but it feels sturdy and solid and besides the drawers having a snug fit at times, it is great.
          xo – kb

  24. May 11, 2013

    My husband would think those curtains are the perfect length. We bought curtains for my daughters room and he decided to hem them on his own. They are about the same length as above. We have been in a months long ‘discussion’ about the living room curtains about this very topic. He wants to trim them to an odd length. I need to find a good article so I can prove my point to him about the appropriate length for curtains.

    The dining room is looking good!

  25. Michelle permalink
    May 11, 2013

    I have a big round pendant from crate and barrel over a square pub height table and it still looks great!

    The mirrors looks beautiful with the gray walla.

  26. May 11, 2013

    I have converted to frog tape because of you. You seemed so happy with it so I gave it a try. I ran out one day and tried to use the “blue stuff” and it just wasn’t the same. I think of you every time I pull out my roll.

    Love the dining room and the way the mirror looks against the grey.

  27. Lauren permalink
    May 11, 2013

    Where is that awesome center piece from? More importantly, those flowers?! Can’t wait to see it all come together!

    • May 11, 2013

      Both parts are from Pier 1. The branches are fake and the vase was too!
      xo – kb

  28. May 11, 2013

    Hi there,

    We have an 8 seater rectangular dining table with a round pendant “chandelier” above it-if you have a look at the second photo in the post linked below you can see one angle of it. :)


  29. May 11, 2013

    I love your dining room! The mirror looks great.

  30. Laura Lee permalink
    May 11, 2013

    Where did you get the great shelves with the rack for wine glasses? Love the room.

    • May 11, 2013

      They are Pottery Barn wine bottle holders with Ikea glass holders attached.
      xo – kb

  31. May 12, 2013

    I am LOVING the direction you are headed. The mirror is perfect, I am such a sucker for high contrast. Can’t wait to see the new table. I thought the three pendant solution was really interesting, you could make that look very romantic and eclectic, something to think about. Can’t wait to see the chair solution, too. Great job!

  32. Courtney permalink
    May 12, 2013

    where did you get your pendant lighting above the table? LOVE it!

  33. Miss cross permalink
    May 12, 2013

    I didn’t mind the mirror before, but in white it looks kind of sad. It looks like an ornate mirror that was spraypainted white, not an ornate white mirror. It was worth a shot but I think it fell flat.

    • May 13, 2013

      It definitely photographs flatter than it even appears in real life. I still think it is less dimensional than I had hoped though. We’ll wait and see what’s gonna fix it…
      xo – kb

  34. Jaya permalink
    May 12, 2013

    Hi Katie! The dining room looks amazing with the new wall color! I had a quick question for you about the rug in your dining room. We are trying to find something similar for our large family room and was wondering where you got yours. Also quick side note that I swoon every time you post something about your kitchen! You guys did an absolutely incredible job!:)

    • May 13, 2013

      It’s actually FLOR tiles :) They are awesome for spaces like this because if food drops on it, I can just pick up that tile and wash it off in the sink!
      xo – kb

  35. May 13, 2013

    Sweet project.

  36. May 13, 2013

    Very nice idea and instructions.

  37. May 13, 2013

    If I lived in Atlanta I’d buy your dining room chairs! :) i like them.

  38. May 13, 2013

    Speaking of your T-Swizzle reference… Have you seen this you-tube video?

    32 – Taylor Swift 22 Music Video PARODY”


  39. jeannene permalink
    May 13, 2013

    The mirror had value when it was gold. You should have gotten a cheap mirror to spray white. The gold was classic, the white is trendy and will get edited out when the style is over.

  40. May 14, 2013

    Looking great in there! Our poor little dining room is in need of storage, but I’d gladly take this lovely mirror. Nice update

  41. Valerie Abe permalink
    May 14, 2013

    Love the room and hardwood floors!

  42. May 14, 2013

    Ah the white is very nice! Really refreshing. I love spray paint.

  43. Angie permalink
    May 15, 2013

    Love the room, I love grey and white!! Really loving the flowers on the table, are they real? Where did you get them, vase also!!! Thanks!!

    • May 15, 2013

      They are not real…total fakers. They and the vase come from Pier1 :)
      xo – kb

      • Angie permalink
        May 16, 2013

        Thanks :)

        • Angie permalink
          May 16, 2013

          So i went on pier one looking…do you remember what they are and about how many you have in there?

          • May 17, 2013

            I don’t know the name…they were just in a vase on display in the store. It was right in March so it’s not that long ago.
            xo – kb

  44. Valerie J. permalink
    May 16, 2013

    The mirror is def. better in white! Love it against the gray! Also, just as a sidenote: the 5 little boxes that pop up under a post “things you may like”…the 5th one has had some less than wholesome pics of barely clothed ladies on it. Just thought you might want to know as I doubt that’s the image you’re going for on your blog. :)

  45. Katie R permalink
    May 16, 2013

    Quick question, trying to enter your giveaway…and it won’t let me. Maybe I missed it and its already closed. We are in desperate need of new flooring. CARPET in the KITCHEN! WHY?!?!?!?!?!?

  46. Carrie permalink
    May 18, 2013

    I LIKE the blue table base. I think that color would be a great accent color all over the room!

  47. Megan permalink
    May 28, 2013

    We have a rectangular table (dark wood, like your side table) and a round pendant (nearly identical to yours), and I love it. I also LOVE that color of gray. What it is?

  48. Maria M. permalink
    May 30, 2013

    You have so much great curve in this room, the drum shade over a rectangular table will look great!

  49. June 26, 2013

    I love the idea of painting this white! I have been thinking about doing this to a similar mirror I have. I’m not sure it goes very well with the furniture. I think it perfectly stands out against the paint, but next to the wooden drawers below? Maybe it’s my CD but I feel like the woods should match to some extent.

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