Antique Mirror Headboard

Antique Mirror Headboard

This project takes a dated wood headboard and transforms it with faux antique mirrors, paint and gold accents.

5 col

**You’ll need: Nail gun with 1” - 23 gauge pin nails

Difficulty: Difficult

Repurposed wooden headboard
(2) Mirror – Cut to the size of your headboard panels
(4) 27 ½” L of ½;¾” Round trim with 45-degrees mitered corners
(4) 24” L of ½;¾” Round trim with 45-degrees mitered corners for frame affect
Spray paint and primer in one, semi-gloss – Color of your choice
Spray paint and primer in one, matte – Black
Spray paint and primer in one, metallic – Gold
Painters tape
(2) Sheet packing paper
Wax metallic finish
Mirror Construction adhesive with dispenser
Construction adhesive
(6) Disposable dry rag
Paint stripper
Foaming oven and grill cleaner
Glass cleaner
50/50 Water and vinegar solution in a spray bottle
Heavy-duty rubber gloves
Plastic scraper
(2) Heavy-duty scrubbing pad
Safety glasses
Plastic bucket



1. Mask off the raised panels of the headboard where the mirrors will be attached using packing paper cut to size and painters tape. In this case there are two panels (See image below)

2. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the headboard the color of your choice using semi-gloss paint. Use light, even, overlapping strokes applied in a continuous motion. Also paint the round trim with the same paint as the headboard. The trim will be used in later steps. Allow paint to dry before moving on to the next step

Tip: To achieve a finer, more even spray, place the spray can in direct sunlight for 10-15 minutes to warm the paint up before using it

3. Tape off areas of the headboard around raised accents to protect the surrounding wood from the wax metallic finish applied in the next step

4. Apply a pea size dab of wax metallic finish to a dry rag and squish it around. Lightly rub it over any raised accents on the headboard in a continuous back and forth motion. Reapply more finish to the rag as you go along (see image below)

5. Once the wax metallic finish is dry, remove all painters tape including the packing paper where the mirrors will be attached in later steps


6. Place your mirrors face down in a very well ventilated area and on a hard, protected work surface.

7. Put on safety glasses and heavy-duty rubber gloves. The following steps involve the use of chemicals. Read all warning and safety labels on the cans before continuing

8. The back of the mirror has a layer of paint that needs to be partially removed to expose the mirrored layer underneath. Spray the back of the mirrors completely with paint stripper and wait for the paint to start rippling, about 30-45 minutes* Refer to manufacturers instructions, times may vary (See image below)

9. Once the paint starts to ripple, use a plastic scraper (a metal scraper can crack the glass) and a heavy duty-scrubbing pad to scuff and remove small, random sections of paint down to the mirror layer. Concentrate on the corners and edges, where real antique mirrors tend to appear most distressed from age. Reapply paint stripper as you go along to help lift the paint. Put the stripped paint from the mirror into a plastic bucket for disposal at the end of the project (See image below)


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10. After the desired paint has been scuffed away, spray the entire mirror back with 50/50 water and vinegar solution to neutralize the chemicals. Use disposable dry rags to wipe away the remaining paint stripper and solution. Place the waste in the plastic bucket. Reapply the solution at least three times and use clean rags to insure the paint stripper is completely removed before moving on to the next step

11. Spray the surface with foaming oven and grill cleaner, concentrating on the areas where the mirror layer is exposed. The mirror layer will start to turn brown, meaning it’s ready to start removing it (See image below)

12. Using a clean heavy duty-scrubbing pad, scuff away sections of the mirror layer, exposing the glass underneath. Do not remove all of the mirror layer

13. Repeat Step 10 to remove the foaming oven and grill cleaner from the surface and allow to dry

14. Spray a solid layer of black matte paint over the back of the mirrors and allow to dry before moving on to the next step

15. Repeat Steps 8 and 9 using paint stripper to reactivate the black paint. Using a towel, rag or scouring pad, lightly texture the black paint removing only some of it and revealing the silver-plating of the mirrors

16. Spray a solid layer of gold paint over the back of the mirrors – be sure to cover any and all exposed mirror plating. Allow all layers of paint to dry well before moving on to the next step


17. Lay the headboard on a flat surface

18. Apply mirror construction adhesive over the back of each mirror, paying attention to the corners and edges. Carefully press the mirrors onto the headboard raised panels

19. Place the pre-painted wood trim around the edge of each mirror, lining up the mitered corners. Apply a bead of construction adhesive on the underside of each piece of trim and secure to the headboard with a 1” - 23 gauge nail gun. Space the nails every 4” – 6” apart making sure not to release the nail in the direction of the mirror

20. For trim touch-ups with paint - Mask off the mirrors with painters tape and paint the trim to match the headboard (See images below)

21. Allow the mirror adhesive to fully dry before using the headboard

Tip: Place strips of painters tape over the mirror to protect the glass when you move it to your bedroom

The decorative wood trim can be removed from the top of the headboard by removing the hardware that is holding it in place. Once the trim is removed, touch up the top of the headboard with paint

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