A Crafted Passion

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Do you know a little girl who loves to play dress up? See how I transformed this old mirror from the thrift store into a perfect little girl dress up mirror for the playroom. 

Walking down the thrift store aisle I always see loads of old mirrors and frames and I try to come up with unique ways to use them. Well, when we came across this mirror at the thrift store the other day and my 4 year old fell in love and I knew it’d be perfect for our latest Thrift Shop Challenge project!

I’m so excited to be joining up with some of my favorite DIYers where we all transform something we’ve found at the thrift shop. This month, we’re excited to be adding a guest host, Brittany from By Brittany Goldwyn. Be sure to stop by her site to see her latest transformation and if you want to join in use #thriftshopchallenge on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our Instagram channels this week.

In case you missed it, check out my stoneware jug makeover I did a few months ago and this $2 kids play kitchen that people are obsessed with from our past thrift shop challenges!

Anyways, getting back to today. I found this old mirror that had three coat hooks on the bottom of the frame and Clara thought it would be perfect for her room.

Well, I had some other plans that I knew she’d be in love with!

Do you know a little girl who loves to play dress up? See how I transformed this old mirror into a perfect little girls' dress up mirror. 


DIY Princess Dress Up Mirror

So this is what we’re starting with. Also, do you realize how difficult it is to get a picture of a mirror while looking classy? I decided to embrace it. Let’s just go with it. :)

So this frame had a thick coat of cream paint, three peg hooks, and a mirror that needed a major cleaning job.

Image of little girl dress up mirror before makeover

Here are the basic steps I took to transform it into a mirror for the playroom.

1. Clean

As soon as you bring home anything from the thrift store you should give it a good cleaning. You don’t know what kind of home it came from, so be sure to give it a good cleaning. Depending on the surface, you can either use warm water and soap or just a clorox wipe.

If possible, be sure to separate any hardware or mirrors beforehand.

Image of little girl dress up mirror frame

2. Fresh Paint

I then sanded the frame down and then gave it a few good coats of matte black spray paint. I used the same paint that I used on all my naptime craft time projects that I’m obsessed with! You can get some of the spray paint here!

Image of little girl dress up mirror after sanding

Image of little girl dress up mirror after being painted

3. Hooks

Once you’ve done several light coats of paint and it’s had time to dry, you can add your hooks. I found these minimalist angeled hooks on Amazon that I love! I wish they were about 1/2 inch smaller to better hold the hangers, but they do the job and look cute.

Image of little girl dress up mirror


Image of princess dresses hanging on hooks

These hooks were simple easy to add and just screwed right into the existing screw holes where the old peg hooks went.

4. Add Vinyl

Lastly, the fun part! Add a tiara sticker or vinyl directly to the mirror.

Then, when your little one goes to check herself out in the mirror, she can give herself a quick crown and you can remind her she’s always a princess. I could have just made a tiara graphic to cut out using my Silhouette Cameo, but instead, I decided to take the easy route and just buy one from Etsy for a couple of bucks.

I bought this set and used tiara #18. It was super easy to just open the file in my design studio and then cut it out.


Once it was hung up, it was time to play dress up and to say the girls were ecstatic would be an understatement. I mean look at this cute girl trying on her tiara for the first time!

Image of little girl playing dress up looking in mirror

They love playing dress up so I love that now they have a spot to hang their dresses up and can easily switch which princess they whenever they want.

Image of little girl playing dress up looking in mirror

Also, do you know how difficult it is to take a photo of a mirror without being in it yourself? This took some magic. Haha. I love how this whole mirror turned out and is so much more exciting then just giving an old mirror a fresh coat of spray paint.

Image of little girls' dress up mirror

Last night I kept finding the girls standing in front of the mirror in their playroom just admiring themselves. A little self-confidence never hurt anyone. So sweet!

If your little one is into princesses (or princes), here some good book recommendations we’ve been into lately.

Do you know a little girl who loves to play dress up? See how I transformed this old mirror into a perfect little girls' dress up mirror. 

Ready to see what my friends transformed from the thrift store? Check out these awesome makeovers below!

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