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.
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Step 1. Spray paint the ceiling medallion.  It took two coats for me to get sufficient coverage over the dark brown.
 
 
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…
 
…wipe it off.
 
Completed look.
 
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!
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
Step 6. Hot glue the mirror to the back of the ceiling medallion.
 
 
You’re done!
 
 
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