How to Make a Convex Mirror

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I want to share a project with you that I worked on last week and finished up over the weekend.
 
How to make a convex mirror via Worthing Court blog
 
I love the look of a small convex mirror inside a thick, chunky frame.  I wasn’t willing to pay retail for one, so I decided to try making one myself!
 
It was easy and here’s how I did it.
 
How to make a convex mirror via Worthing Court blog
 
Supplies you’ll need are:
16″ (or any size you prefer) ceiling medallion
{I purchased mine at Lowes for about $20 and didn’t care what color it was since I knew I’d be painting it.}
 
 5″ truck mirror
{I purchased mine at an eighteen wheeler type truck supplier for about $6.  If you don’t have a supplier near you, just Google “5 inch convex truck mirror” and several places that sell them will pop up.}
 
Rustoleum Metallics spray paint in the color Aged Brass
Rub n Buff in color Antique Gold
Craft paint in color Burnt Umber
respirator mask for breathing protection while spray painting
hot glue gun
pliers
box cutter
 
Here’s a closeup of the convex truck mirror box.
 
How to make a convex mirror via Worthing Court blog
 
Step 1. Spray paint the ceiling medallion.  It took two coats for me to get sufficient coverage over the dark brown.
 
How to make a convex mirror via Worthing Court blog
 
Step 2. Glaze the ceiling medallion using Burnt Umber craft paint that has been thinned down with just a tiny amount of water.  I used the wipe it on, wipe it off method until I achieved the amount of glazing that I liked.
 
Wipe it on…
How to make a convex mirror via Worthing Court blog
 
…wipe it off.
How to make a convex mirror via Worthing Court blog
 
Completed look.
How to make a convex mirror via Worthing Court blog
 
Step 3. Very carefully, remove the mirror from the metal encasing by first cutting away the rubber gasket with the box cutter.  Make sure you cut away from your body not toward yourself!
 
How to make a convex mirror via Worthing Court blog
 
Step 4. Again, very carefully, pull back the metal edges with the pliers.  Do this all the way around the mirror.  What you’re trying to do is to free the mirror from what is holding it in place.
 
How to make a convex mirror via Worthing Court blog
 
Step 5.  Ever so gently, slip the edge of the box cutter behind the edges of the mirror to gently lift it out.  This is what you will be left with.
 
How to make a convex mirror via Worthing Court blog
 
Step 6. Hot glue the mirror to the back of the ceiling medallion.
 
How to make a convex mirror via Worthing Court blog
 
You’re done!
 
How to make a convex mirror via Worthing Court blog
 
I used stick on Velcro Command strips to hang the mirror on the wall.  It doesn’t weigh very much at all.
 
I actually made two of these and will show you where I hung them later in the week. 

Update: Click here to see where I used these mirrors!
 
 
 

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43 Comments

  1. Wow, great job and a fantastice idea. I love it!

    Cynthia

  2. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    Wow Suzy…this is a great project…How did you ever come up with such a creative idea!!??…Looks wonderful on your wall!

  3. Oh what a great idea! I have always loved convex mirrors but they are expensive.

  4. Richard Cottrell says:

    So very clever. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  5. Suzy, I think I know where they are hanging. Love it. Glad to know another Rub ‘N Buff fan!

  6. Oh my goodness … that is genius!

    Carolyn
    {my simple messterpiece}

  7. So Great, So Simple. I can do this. I am going to show this to my daughters. You can do anything.
    Love ya girl, Ginger

  8. Madge Bloom says:

    Wow, what a cool project! I like it a lot…

  9. Jen Lossing says:

    Very clever, love the way it turned out. P.S I have those same counter tops! He he Ha Ha

  10. Shannon @ Cozy Home Scenes says:

    What a clever idea! I never would have thought to use the truck mirror, but I love the finished look of your project. Thanks for sharing this tutorial at Your Cozy Home Party so others can learn how to make their own mirrors on the cheap!

  11. Mrs. Handyverger says:

    Gorgeous! I love the idea of using a truck mirror. 🙂 Rub N’ Buff is so addictive! 🙂

    Visiting from the Your Cozy Home Party. 🙂

  12. Heather Graham says:

    I love this! Makes me wonder why I didn’t think of that! 😉 Would love for you to share with my readers at my linky party!

    -heather
    stringtownhome.blogspot.com

  13. Clever, clever! And it looks great. 🙂
    -Revi

  14. Shelley {Crazy Wonderful} says:

    Genius! Absolutely love that you used a truck mirror!

  15. What a clever idea!! I have one of these medallions I bought with the same idea, only I used a flat mirror and it looked so…flat! You’ll find me at the auto parts store tonight.

  16. Gorgeous mirror! I love it. Your tutorial makes it look doable even for clutz’s like me. Thanks.

  17. Wow! What a great idea!! I’ve thought of using ceiling medallions for things before, but I never would have thought of actually getting a convex mirror to do a project like this one. You’ve created a very high-end look–so smart! This is just beautiful. 🙂

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home!

  18. I really love this, you did such a great job!

  19. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says:

    A truck mirror? Genious! This is an awesome project! Thanks for all of the tips and pointers, too!

    Take care,

    Trish

  20. Reeeeeally???!! That is just genius! Look out Mack® Truck Company! You’ve got three mirrors I want for a weekend project!
    Thanks so much!

  21. I was late getting my post up this week at BeColorful but I wanted you to know that I featured you on this week’s Motivated Monday
    pam

  22. This is fantastic! That is some great creativity – good thinking about the truck supply shop.

  23. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon says:

    Featured this tonight!! Stop by and grab a featured button!! 😉

  24. Lauren -aCommonersCastle says:

    I love this! I saw you featured on addicted 2 decorating, and I just had to stop by and check out your blog. I am your newest follower. truck mirrors=genius c’mon, how’d you think of that one? brilliant. anyway. I have been wanting to make a mirror with a ceiling medallion for a while, but never would’ve thought of using a convex mirror (i wouldn’t have known where to find it) wow, I’m blown away. They look just great in your dining room!

  25. Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating says:

    Awesome idea! I have 2 truck mirrors I bought at a thrift store ages ago and haven’t done anything with them. Now I have some inspiration!

  26. ✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life says:

    So clever and beautiful.

    Dee

  27. can you use a regular mirror to do this instead of a truck mirror??? looks awesome

  28. Good Time Charlie says:

    This is one of the most clever ideas I have seen in so long!!! I am pinning this next and making one for myself, and a whole bunch to sell! I love it when someone shows how to make something out of average things, that are just so out of my price range in catalogs. Thanks for sharing!

  29. {Hi Sugarplum!} says:

    Such a great project! I love convex mirrors! I used a similar one for an outdoor mirror…had to order it from a security company! 🙂 Funny where we find our supplies! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Hello, I came accorss this wonderful project while working on a Baroque project for my interior design class. I’m definately going to try this — if only I knew where to put this in my house. I am very impressed with the finished product. Looks quite high-end.