It’s new because I just made it. It’s old because we ripped it out of our downstairs bathroom. And it’s “old” because it’s been through a 7-step process to make it look like it’s been hanging in a barn for a few decades. It’s a new, old, “old” mirror. photos & video on the flip side…

The mirror started out life as an octagonal little number stuck to the bathroom wall with gobs of adhesive. When we decided to paint over the existing chocolate brown in favor of something more neutral, the mirror came down from the wall and sat in the backyard. For like, six months.

the original mirror looked like this

the original mirror looked like this

Why did we have an octagonal mirror sitting in our backyard for months? Maybe no reason. Maybe I was planning to do something with it. Maybe I like to look at my reflection when I mow the yard. Maybe no reason…

Long story short, when we finished up reworking the guest bedroom, we needed something cheap to add a little color. And Sarah was getting tired of me flexing in front of the mirror in the backyard. So, combine the two problems and you get a solution – the new, old, “old” mirror in the guest room.

Project Cost:

$5… wood stain
$5… disposable brushes
$5… mirror adhesive
$8… fence-grade 4-inch cedar plank
$23… total

Creating an Aged Look

Simple steps for giving the wood frame the look and feel of age…

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Who Says Old Isn’t Beautiful?


Posted by Wildman

Husband. Dad. Pastor. I like to capture moments, pull their threads, and see what unravels. Lead well, read well, think well. And grace. Lots of grace.

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  1. […] was enough sample paint left over for me to make a distressed mirror from the mirror we ripped out of the old bathroom downstairs. A funky old chair I’d used as a […]


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