Vintage mirrors can add a touch of charm and character to any room, but sometimes they need a little love to bring them back to their former glory.

This is a before-shot of a vintage mirror I found for $5 in a thrift store. In this post, we'll show you how to give a painted vintage mirror a makeover.

This mirror had a fairly awful paint job, but since it was wooden and vintage I knew the bones were solid.  If I could just get the paint off of it without causing any additional damage.

step one paint stripper

Apply a generous amount of Citristrip to the entire surface of the wood. Then let it sit for 15-20 minutes. 

step two scraping

Use a metal paint scraper and a detail scraper to get as much of the Citristrip, old paint, and finish off. 

step three cleaning

Using a non-scratch sponge, old toothbrush, detail scraper, warm water, dish soap, and Bar Keeper's friend clean the frame really well.

You May Need additional steps

This mirror was beautiful with just a few steps, but yours might require additional steps. Check out the full post for all of those details + a full supply list!