I’m not sure when it happened, but mirrors have become a thing here at OneandSeventy.
There are two new mirrors in the bedroom, two that are practically interchangeable between the living room and the hallway and another two that leapt straight out of mediocrity into my Halloween stash, to become stable mates with the ghostly girl.
Spooky Gothic Halloween decoration from an old pine dressing table mirror
This mirror started life as a bog standard, pine dressing table mirror, that I was going to paint as part of my recent bedroom chalk-painting marathon. That was before I decided that a small, wall-mounted mirror would far better suit the scheme AND and allow room on the dressing table for more stuff.
Because what girl doesn’t need more stuff on her dressing table?
How to paint a pine mirror
To make the mirror, first give it a good clean. Elbow grease is brilliant – try the pound stores.
Mask of the glass, remove the mirror from the stand, and spray-paint the whole thing. I used Rustoleum Painter’s Touch in Black Matt.
As an optional extra, you could
do a better job than me create a gothic “scroll” like decoration. Once the paint’s dry, grab your glue gun and make random patterns on the frame. Check out the Dragon’s Egg for more details.
I’m not sure how successful mine was (I did tell you I was rubbish at doing anything freehand!) but once I gave it another coat of spray-paint, it didn’t look too disastrous.
To finish off, glue on some embellishments (I used fabric flowers, leaves and black beads), highlight the pattern and edges with a little gilding wax and you’re well on the way to a spooky Halloween mirror.
I was pretty pleased with how it looked, but it was missing an important ingredent. It needed, well… spookifying!
How to make any mirror spooky
That’s when I stumbled across this post from Fox Hollow Cottage. I’ve been following the lovely Shannon since 2014 but her spookily simple tip for making any mirror Halloween-worthy is even before my time.
That’s how on trend I am!
A little hairspray and talcum powder later (which I applied by “flicking” it on with an old makeup brush) and the transformation from pine dressing table to spooky Halloween mirror was complete.
Halloween… Ha Ha! That’s funny… Now that I’ve decorated the dining room, it clearly lives in here all year round!!
Spooky skull makeup mirror
On a roll, I went on to make a second Halloween mirror using the same method, this time with an old cosmetic mirror I was about bin.
Because you know how I hate to throw anything away!
This project was partly inspired by my new bestest blogger friend Alexandra over at Me and Annabel Lee. Honestly, if ever there was a case for finding your tribe, Alex has to be it. A love of Halloween and dark décor brought us together on Instagram and now, I am entirely addicted to her stunning gothic-inspired crafts and stylish blog! Go there now and sign right up!!
OK, maybe not RIGHT now, but definitely after you’ve finished reading this post!
Where I got the idea to shove a skull on this mirror is anyone’s guess, but it’ll come as no surprise to you, I’m sure. The Hobbycraft skulls I used for the Gallon Jug were calling my name and I just cracked right on.
Which is why I have no before photo.
So here’s something similar from Dunelm.
It was pretty simple to make. I had to unscrew the mirror and base to paint the metal parts anyway, so after stashing the acrylic crystals (they’ll come in handy!), I speared the skull with the mirror stand… right through his head!
Oh VERY Halloween!
Once the hole was made, I painted everything as before, re-attached the skull, glass and stand and finished it off with gilding wax.
A word on the painting – Spray paint eats polystyrene!! It’s perfect for metal or wooden mirror parts, but you’ll need acrylic or emulsion for the polystyrene skull.
What do you think? Easy, right?
And this one is ONLY coming out for Halloween.
A hui hou,