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Monday, March 1, 2010

DIY Glossy White Mirror

We posted a couple weeks ago about our love for white lacquered mirrors. 

It all started when I saw this mirror from Horchow.  It would be perfect in my house- a modern twist on a classic baroque style.  BUT, the $425 price tag (plus an additional $80 shipping) was not so perfect...

I was discussing my love for this mirror with MoS Washington, and we both agreed it would be a really easy DIY project.  Just find an ornate gold mirror and paint the frame white.  I began searching my favorite sources for DIY projects- namely Craigslist and eBay.  She suggested adding "syroco" to my eBay searches, and her advice turned out to be perfect! 

Syroco, which stands for The Syracuse Ornamental Company, refers to a wood composite material used most often in the 1950's for mirrors, clocks, etc.  To the touch, it's hard to determine if it's plastic or wood.  To the eye, it's hard to determine if it belongs in Versailles or a trailer park. 



Ebay is chock full of syroco pieces.  Some are not-so-cute sconces, but there is a great selection of mirrors and sunburst clocks.  You could easily remove the clock and put in a pre-cut mirror for a fabulous sunburst mirror.  And the best part is- it is REALLY inexpensive.  

I needed a mirror to go over my new sawhorse desk, so I hopped on eBay.  For $13 plus shipping (around $15), I scored the mirror below.  You might think "score" is a bit of a stretch for a gold curly-q mirror, but I had a vision... (seeing it photographed over the cheetah rug in my dining room makes it even scarier:)  It's a decent size- 30 inches long by 20 inches wide. 

Up close and personal with the curly-q's...

And some more.... (now you are probably recognizing the syroco material, even if you didn't know what it was called before).

I covered the mirror in plain paper and used blue painters tape around the edges.

Ready to paint...  Goodbye gold!

The trusty Krylon white gloss...

Easy easy!  Just did a few coats, and wow, instant gratification!

Perfect to go over my sawhorse desk!


It's a little narrow so I'll be on the hunt for something for either side of it.  No, it's not quite as fabulous as the one from Horchow.  But for around $30 as compared to over $500, I'm happy with the result!


This is a DIY project that ANYONE can do!  Check out syroco items on ebay- you can get them for a song!  Add a coat of spray paint, and voila, you have a fabulous new mirror! 

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow what a great idea! the mirror looks fab. thanks for the post

Lalla said...

Great post, MOS Charlotte! The mirror looks wonderful!

Betsy said...

Now I know what I'm going to be doing with the syroco mirror that my home's previous owner graciously left us!

goheels83 said...

That looks awesome!!!! I can't believe its the same mirror as the ugly gold one!!

Chic Coles said...

Wow! That looks amazing! I have an ugly white mirror that I want to paint with either a high gloss white or do something funky... haven't' decided yet.

Chic Coles said...

Great DIY project. Will be on the look out for a fun mirror to try it on.

Averill said...

Love it! I did a similar trick with my mom's old syroco mirror (except I went gray instead of white) and it's amazing what a difference it makes!

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Ahhh, doesn't that feel good?! Looks great. Love the new look and the price!

Katie B said...

love it. i recently purchased a mirror for this exact same purpose. it was such find...large, ornate, perfect condition and old...and i mean old. thanks for the inspiration to finally paint the darn thing!

Erin said...

I totally plan to do this. Love it!

Tiffanie said...

looks like you paid big bucks for it! fabulous!

Cheri said...

I am so excited that I came across this post! I have the perfect, incredibly ornate mirror that I bought for $10 that I have been dying to paint white...now I know how!!!

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

i have one very similar except it's square. love the glossy white!

Carpe Diem said...

Ikea has a baroque style ,large, picture frame in black. It too could be finished in white with a mirror attached. Yours came out great looking. THanks for sharing.

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