Have you ever been gifted a piece of furniture? One that looks like a college student found it while dumpster diving? And while any reasonable person would place it by the side of the road or drop it off at Good Will…you were certain you could make it into something worth keeping?

That’s what happened to me last month. A friend gave me a 1990’s coffee table. The only thing that would have made it more 90s was if Seinfeld used it to hold his water bottle during a standup routine. In the table’s defense, it had beautifully curved legs…but that was it! I forgot to take a picture of it but the one below should give you a pretty good idea.

(Image from: http://kashiori.com/wooden-coffee-table-with-glass-insert/)

Friends, I am a creative person, but did you look at that piece of furniture?? I knew I could paint it (paint covers over a multitude of sins), but what to do with those glass inserts? Then it hit me – Antique Mirror! Don’t let the name fool you, if you have a piece of furniture that needs to come into the 21st century, antique mirror might just be for you!

How to Update a Table With Antique Mirror:

First, paint the coffee table (remove the glass inserts and paint the wooden coffee table). I went with a Fusion Paint called Soapstone, but feel free to experiment with color!

*** Fusion Paint is super easy to use and goes on quick. It is a mineral paint with zero VOC’s, perfect coverage, and a built in top coat.  EASY!

Then, Antique the Glass. This is where the magic happens! You will use a mercury glass treatment to get the job done.


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The Process:

Step 1: First clean the glass inserts with window cleaner and let them dry

Step 2: Set the clean glass inserts on a piece of newspaper to get ready to spray paint.

Step 3: Start with the rust-oleum mirror effect spray.  Spray the backside of the glass in spots. Randomly- You are not covering the glass but spraying random spots. Do not cover the glass.  Spray what you just painted with the vinegar and water mixture.

Step 4: Let this sit for 45 minutes to an hour while you relax. Watch your favorite “This Is Us” episode. Or, if you don’t particularly feel like ugly crying, maybe read a book. 😊 Whatever you decide, give yourself some time to relax.

Step 5: Go back and spray with the mirror effect spray followed by the vinegar and water mixture.

Step 6: Again let it sit for a while. Paint your nails. Eat some chocolate- who knew home improvement projects could be so indulgent?

Step 7: Spray one last time in random spots with both the mirror effect spray and the vinegar and water mixture.

Step 9: In the morning flip it over to check your work.  This is your chance to add any more spray if you like.

Step 10: Take the MDF boards and spray paint them black. Make sure to cover the entire board with the black spray paint. Let this dry.

Step 11: Put the mirror glass (antiqued side down) on top of the blackboards and admire your work.

Note: I recommend placing MDF boards in the spaces and then adding in the antiqued mirror back into the coffee table.

Step 8: Let it dry overnight.

There you have it!  The next time your kid comes home with a free “gem” from the side of the road, you’ll know just what to do.

Happy creating!