Have free time on your hands and want to give your room a makeover?
Why not start by customizing your Hollywood mirror using some of our recommended DIY hacks and tricks. With any of these tricks, you can add a personal touch and make it uniquely yours.
Here are some fun ideas you should try out.
Hollywood Mirror DIY Tricks and Hacks You Can Try At Home
1: Custom Frame Design
If you have a frameless mirror, then you can try creating a unique frame for it. You can do this using reclaimed wood, or driftwood, or even repurpose an old picture frame depending on the size of the mirror. To achieve this you'll need:
- Reclaimed wood or old picture frame
- Saw (if resizing)
- Wood glue
- Clamps (optional)
- Nails or screws
- Paint or stain (optional)
- Varnish or sealant (optional)
- Start by measuring and cutting the reclaimed wood to the desired dimensions and if you're repurposing an old frame, remove any existing artwork or glass.
- Go over the wood with sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges or surfaces.
- Assemble your wood pieces by applying wood glue along the edges and clamp them together. Then allow the glue to dry.
- At this point your frame is ready. Go ahead and position the frame around the mirror and secure it in place using nails or screws.
- Lastly and this is optional, paint or stain the frame, then apply a varnish or sealant for added protection.
2: Decorative Paint or Finish
Aside from painting or staining the mirror frame, you can use a speciality finish to give the frame a distinct look. Consider techniques like distressing, ombre, or stencilling.
- Mirror frame
- Sandpaper (varying grits)
- Primer (optional)
- Paint or speciality finish (e.g., metallic paint, chalk paint, crackle finish)
- Paintbrushes or paint rollers
- Clear sealant (optional)
- Rags or sponges (for speciality finishes)
- Prepare the frame by cleaning it to get rid of any dust or debris and if the frame has a glossy finish, then lightly sand the surface to create a rough texture for better paint adhesion.
- Apply a primer and allow it to dry. This will create a smooth and even surface for the paint to adhere to.
- Select the type of paint or speciality finish you want to use. You can opt for metallic paint for a glamorous look, chalk paint for a matte and vintage appearance, or a crackle finish for a textured effect.
- Using a paintbrush or roller, apply your base coat of paint evenly to the frame and allow it to dry.
- It's time for the decorative finish. For techniques like distressing or crackling, use a rag, sponge, or speciality tool to achieve the desired texture. This may involve layering different paints or using techniques like dry brushing.
- Allow each layer of paint to dry thoroughly, then finish off with a clear sealant.
3: Mosaic or Tile Accents
Another makeover option for your Hollywood mirror is to apply mosaic tiles, glass gems, or even small tiles to create an intricate pattern or design around the frame.
- Mosaic tiles, glass gems, or small tiles
- Tile adhesive or epoxy
- Grout sealer
- Sponge or cloth
- Spread a layer of tile adhesive or epoxy onto the frame in the area where you'll be placing the tiles.
- Gently press the tiles or glass gems onto the adhesive, to create your desired pattern and allow it to dry.
- Go in with a grout float to apply grout between the tiles to ensure all gaps are filled.
- Using a damp sponge or cloth, wipe away excess grout from the surface of the tiles.
- Finally, once the grout has dried, apply a grout sealer to protect it and enhance its appearance.
4: Faux Crystal or Gem Embellishments
Aside from tiles, did you know you could glue faux crystals, gemstones, or beads to your mirror frame for that touch of glamour and sparkle? Well, now you do.
- Faux crystals, gemstones, or beads
- Clear adhesive (e.g., epoxy or strong glue)
- Apply a small amount of clear adhesive on the back of each crystal or gemstone.
- Then carefully press each crystal or gemstone onto the frame in your chosen pattern. Hold it in place for a few seconds to allow the adhesive to bond.
- Allow to Dry
Try out decoupage techniques with fabric, paper, or images that resonate with you. This could be anything from floral patterns to vintage magazine clippings.
- Mod Podge or Decoupage glue
- Paper or fabric for decoupage
- Scissors or craft knife
- Sealant (optional)
- Start with a clean surface, making sure the frame is clean and free of any dust or debris.
- Choose the paper or fabric you want to use for the decoupage, then cut out the images or patterns you want to apply.
- With a paintbrush, apply a thin, even layer of Mod Podge or decoupage glue to the area where you want to place the images.
- Then neatly place the cut-out images onto the glued area. Use a clean brush or your fingers to smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles.
- Once all images are in place and the glue is dry, apply a top coat of Mod Podge or decoupage glue to seal and protect the surface. You can also apply sealant for added durability and allow it to dry completely.
6: Vinyl Decals or Stickers
Vinyl decals or stickers can also be used to create intricate designs or patterns around your mirror frame.
- Vinyl decals or stickers of choice
- Transfer tape (if needed)
- Scissors (if trimming decals)
- Squeegee or credit card
- Make sure your mirror frame is clean and bare
- Gently peel the backing off the vinyl decal and place it on the desired area of the frame. Use a squeegee or credit card to smooth it down, starting from the centre and working outward. If using transfer tape, carefully peel it off, leaving the decal in place on the frame.
- Use the squeegee or credit card to press out any air bubbles or wrinkles in the decal and trim the excess vinyl with your scissors.
- Lastly, apply a clear sealant spray or brush-on sealant over the decal and allow it to dry completely.
7: LED Light Customization
Led lights on Hollywood mirrors are a match made in heaven. But what's even better is having one with different coloured LED lights or a remote-controlled RGB LED strip and you can do it yourself.
- LED light strips or bulbs
- Power source or controller (if applicable)
- Adhesive or clips for securing lights
- Wire connectors (if needed)
- Optional: Remote control or dimmer switch
- First, you need to decide where you want to place the LED lights on the mirror frame while considering factors like even distribution and proximity to power sources.
- Measure and cut the LED light strips to fit the desired areas.
- Using adhesive backing or clips, secure the LED lights to the edges of the mirror frame and connect the lights to a power source.
- Test the lights to ensure they are functioning properly and adjust the settings (e.g., colour, brightness) to suit your preference.
- Install a dimmer switch or set up a remote control for convenient adjustment of the light intensity.
- Lastly, take it a notch by adding diffusers or covers to the LED lights for a softer, more even glow.
8: Ribbon or Fabric Trim
If you're into chic and girly style of decor, then this is for you. Glue or wrap ribbon, fabric, or lace around your mirror frame for a soft, textured look.
- Ribbon, fabric strips, or lace
- Fabric glue or hot glue gun
- Fray check or ribbon ends (optional)
- Measure the length of ribbon or fabric needed to go around the frame. Then cut it to size, leaving a bit extra for overlap.
- Apply a thin, even layer of fabric glue or use a hot glue gun along the backside of the ribbon or fabric.
- Carefully press the ribbon or fabric onto the frame, starting from one end. Make sure it's positioned evenly and smoothly.
- If you're using multiple pieces of ribbon or fabric to cover the entire frame, overlap the ends slightly and secure them with glue.
- To prevent fraying, apply a small amount of fray check or use ribbon ends to seal the edges.
- Allow the glue to dry completely before handling the frame.
9: Backlit Artwork or Photo Collage
Getting dressed in front of my Hollywood mirror while staring at a perfect collection of my favourite pictures? Sign me up. You can create a personalized backlit panel with a favourite piece of artwork, family photos, or a collage of images by following these easy steps
- Backlit panel or LED light sheet
- Artwork, printed photos, or collage materials
- Adhesive or clips to attach artwork
- Acrylic sheet (for protection)
- Get your artwork ready and use adhesive or clips to hold them in place onto the backlit panel.
- To protect the artwork, place a clear acrylic sheet over the top and secure it in place.
- Connect Backlighting. Ensure the backlit panel or LED light sheet is connected to a power source. Then test to see if it evenly illuminates the artwork or photos.
- Finally, use cable clips or wire management solutions to secure any loose wiring for a tidy appearance.
10: Floating Shelves or Hooks
Your Hollywood mirror makeover doesn't have to be just beautiful, it can also be functional. Attach small shelves or hooks to the frame for storing makeup, accessories, or small decor items.
- Floating shelves or hooks
- Screws suitable for the frame material
- Screwdriver or drill
- Wall anchors (if needed)
- Measuring tape
- Using a pencil and measuring tape, mark out the placement of the floating shelves or hooks on the mirror frame. While considering factors like accessibility and the weight-bearing capacity of the frame.
- If the frame has a hard surface, like wood, you can directly attach the shelves or hooks. If it's a softer material, consider using wall anchors for added stability.
- Using a screwdriver or drill, attach the floating shelves or hooks to the frame using the marked spots. Use screws appropriate for the frame material.
- Use a level to ensure that the shelves or hooks are installed evenly and straight and adjust as needed
- Test the holding capacity of the shelves and add wall anchors where needed.
- Once the shelves or hooks are securely in place, you can start decorating them with makeup, accessories, or other items.
11: Chalkboard or Whiteboard Surface
Want a makeup mirror where you not only get to do your makeup but meditate on positive quotes while at it? Try painting a section of the frame with chalkboard or whiteboard paint for jotting down notes, reminders, or inspirational quotes.
- Chalkboard or whiteboard paint
- Paintbrush or roller
- Painter's tape (if needed)
- Optional: Sandpaper (for smooth surface)
- Start uh a clean frame surface and sand any rough areas if necessary.
- Using painter's tape, mask off the areas you don't want to paint. This will create clean edges.
- With a paintbrush or roller, apply a smooth, even coat of chalkboard or whiteboard paint onto the desired area of the frame and allow it to dry
- Carefully remove the painter's tape while the paint is still slightly tacky for clean lines. Then allow the paint to cure for the recommended time before using chalk or markers on the surface.
12: Mini Planters or Succulent Holders
If you're a lover of plants, you can incorporate them into your makeup mirror. Do this by attaching small planters or holders for succulents or air plants to add a touch of nature.
- Mini planters or holders
- Screws or adhesive suitable for the frame material
- Screwdriver (if using screws)
- Small succulents or air plants
- Potting soil (if needed)
- Choose where you want to attach the mini planters on the frame while ensuring there is enough space and support for the weight.
- Depending on the frame material, use appropriate screws or adhesive to securely attach the mini planters to the frame. If using screws, pre-drill holes to prevent splitting.
- If the planters don't have drainage holes, consider adding a layer of small rocks or pebbles at the bottom for drainage.
- Carefully plant your chosen succulents or air plants in the mini planters and ensure they are potted securely.
- If using succulents, add a small amount of well-draining potting soil to provide support for the plants. Don't forget to water them lightly.
- Allow the plants to settle in their new homes for a day or so before moving or adjusting the frame.
- Lastly, remember to periodically check and care for the plants to ensure they thrive in their new holders. If you're using adhesive, make sure it's suitable for the weight and type of frame material.
You don't have to break the bank to further customize our Hollywood mirror. We hope the ideas we shared in this article prove us right.
Remember to adhere to safety instructions while trying out these hacks, especially ones where you have to work with paint or glue.