Upcycled Dresser Mirror Found Curbside

Nothing like getting a text from a friend who is standing out in the freezing rain telling you she found a couple of mirrors set on the curb she thought you would like. Sweet Mandy not only grabbed her wagon to haul them home, but enlisted her husband too. I felt so bad! But…I’m so glad she saw the potential in this gem. Stick around to see what I do with this upcycled dresser mirror. Isn’t it pretty?

Curbside Dresser Mirror Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I was excited to take a peek at their haul, and when I saw this one I was instantly drawn to the ornate, gilded details it had. If you haven’t seen one of these before, it’s off a 1960’s – 70’s dresser, and was most likely one of two that would rest on a really long, and large dresser. See that speckled finish that is classic to that era?

Mirror Frame Crack | prodigalpieces.com

You’ll also notice the mirror had a crack in the frame, and it also had some other damage to the bottom. However, that isn’t a concern to me as it is HEAVY and well built (unlike most modern furniture today).


If you have been following my stories on Instagram and my feed in Facebook, you will have seen I decided to start working on my family room. I’ve torn down the ceiling and replacing it with antique barn roof shingles in a coffered form.

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces Installing Antique Barn Roof Shingles on Coffered Ceiling | prodigalpieces.com

In order to get that process started, I had to clear out the room. Not to mention all the junk goodies stored in it waiting for our house to be done. This mirror was one of them.

While my living room is also a holding area for now (yes, I’m in chaos around here!!), I decided to go ahead and put this mirror up in the spot I had been saving it for, even though it’s not done yet. Here is my entry wall in the before state.

Entry Wall Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What you see is my living room wall that has wallpaper under paint. Back in 2003, we moved in and I rolled a topping joint compound over the wall and then painted the green you see. Long story there, and I will share that one day. However, this is a quick fix for me.

The hole you see in the wall was caused when we had to cut the other side of the wall to get our cast iron bathtub in place. You can see our bathroom remodel starting here. Oh, the things we do to remodel DIY style. geesh. So…yes, I’ve been staring at that hole for a few years. I am aching to get finish our home. First, we finish the kitchen, then the family room, and then this space (living room).


I wanted to create more dimension to this space with a larger mirror, particularly one with an arch because we cut an arch in our kitchen doorway that leads into this room. You can read about that in this post. This mirror just happened to fit the bill.

However, I didn’t care for the speckled finish and wanted an old looking mirror. I whipped out my crackle topping and brushed it on with my Square Brush.

Applying Crackle to Upcycled Dresser Mirror | prodigalpieces.com

After I let that cure, I added two coats of a creamy white latex paint and watched the aging process happen. Fun to see the paint crackling and giving the effect I was after.

Painting Upcycled Dresser Mirror with Zibra Square Paint Brush | prodigalpieces.com

While the layers of paint were curing, I decided to paint my entry corner to use up a gallon of paint from my bedroom remodel that was needing to go. I also wanted to play to see what my space will eventually look like. I can’t say exactly what will go in here, but we will be redoing the walls and it may include some gorgeous wallpaper or board and batten…we’ll see. Here’s a peek at what is kinda in my mind.


DIY Farmhouse Entry Using Upcycled Dresser Mirror as Decor to Create Depth and Interest by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

We originally replaced the solid wood front door with this leaded glass door and it let that beautiful light in. It will eventually be replaced when we side the house. That’s another upcoming project we’re trying to get done before winter.

DIY Entry Mirror Using an Curbside Find Dresser Mirror by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Funny thing is that we rented for years and had cream, white, or beige walls. I then announced I would be adding color everywhere in a home of my own. I did do that when we moved in and found I really prefer the neutrality of whites. It’s like a blank canvas for being able to add color in any form for any season. When I would need to replace furniture in this space over the years, it was hard to find things that weren’t floral patterns to go with the green. Neutrals open it up so much more. So, back to creamy whites we go. Yay!

Speaking of…here’s a closeup of the upcycled dresser mirror. It now has aged effects with crackle, distressed paint, and wax.

Distressed Mirror Closeup | prodigalpieces.com

Upcycled Entry Mirror Adds Interest, Light and Depth to a Room | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com


On the other side, you’ll see all my  interior doors in my home are short. When we moved in there was white carpet everywhere. We found these near-pristine oak floors underneath. Buh-bye carpet! I am on the hunt to find solid wood doors to replace all of those doors too. I’m thankful we can keep the glass knobs at least. I’m tellin’ ya, I’m one busy mama!

Oh, and yes that hole in the wall is still there. Doesn’t my ficus tree look so much better there instead? tee hee.

Potted Ficus Tree in Terra Cotta Pot by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed a peek in to my crazy DIY world. It was fun to see how an upcycled dresser mirror added light, depth, and interest to my boring space.

Anyone else in the mix of remodel? Do tell so I know I’m not the only crazy one, k?

Oh, and in case you were wondering, here’s a sneak peek at that gold beveled mirror given a face-lift as well. It’s now available in my shop. (SOLD)

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Beautiful Aqua Blue Gilded Mirror Available at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do pin and share my upcycled dresser mirror to inspire others to give these forlorn pieces new life too!

From Curbside to a Beautiful Upcycled Dresser Mirror, Larissa of Prodigal Pieces shows you how to add light, depth, and interest to your entry. See the DIY details at prodigalpieces.com | #prodigalpieces #diy #interiordesign #homedecor

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  • Debrashoppeno5

    The entryway turned out great. The mirror is gorgeous. I guess we all add color after renting. I painted the walls in different colors after buying my house. I went back to creamy whites a long time ago, not what I call the builder white.

    August 2, 2018 at 6:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Isn’t it funny? I have been aching to change it up and have added white back about 4 years ago now. Just takes time. 😉

      August 2, 2018 at 8:32 am Reply
  • Lori Sawyer

    When i was @19 we had that mirror with the dresser that we found on side of road.I painted it yellow and white. Part of me misses that furniture😀

    August 2, 2018 at 6:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Aww…I bet! They are built to last f.o.r.e.v.e.r.

      August 2, 2018 at 8:33 am Reply
  • Jauquetta

    I have that same candle sconce! Only the left side one. I painted it Paris gray and distressed it. I love to find those kind of pieces, have several. I love your entry way! You could wallpaper or stencil the wall. That way if you get tired of it, just paint. Easier i think. Nice job on the mirror! So much fun to be creative! Best high in the world!

    August 2, 2018 at 7:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Fun! I often buy them and they sell fast out of my shop. I’m keeping this pair. We have to replace our walls, so it will be a job. But done, nonetheless. Thanks!

      August 2, 2018 at 8:34 am Reply
  • Debra A Wise

    Great job on the mirror and it is just gorgeous in your entryway! The white seems to open the area up more. Looks good!

    August 2, 2018 at 8:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! That’s exactly why I went back to lighter. Refreshing!

      August 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm Reply
  • Frances

    The mirror looks great. Such a big change.

    August 2, 2018 at 8:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so glad you think so. Thank you!

      August 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm Reply
  • Grace

    What a great update! What a great save! I love what you did!

    August 2, 2018 at 9:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So good to hear from you, Grace! Thank you for the love.

      August 2, 2018 at 1:02 pm Reply
  • Becky

    NICE work!!! Why on earth did they do that speckled finish anyway? At least it’s a step up from when they would paint beautiful real wood with a fake wood grain/”worm holes”/speckle in a GREENISH tone! WHY!?! : ) I guess it gives us all some great update opportunities thought, huh? I’m seriously partial to plants, so I think between the plant and the mirror your entryway is looking like a winner! Well done!

    August 2, 2018 at 9:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I have no idea and asked my parents about it too…haha. Just the thing I guess. Crazy!

      August 2, 2018 at 1:03 pm Reply
  • Carol Prygo

    Larissa, your new mirror looks absolutely awesome hanging in your entry! I have also gone to neutral walls for the same reason.

    August 2, 2018 at 12:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re such a fun girl, Carol! Thank you for that. Yes, just makes more sense since I love change so much.

      August 2, 2018 at 1:04 pm Reply
  • Lisa Poole

    You gave me some good ideas and that mirror is beautiful.

    August 2, 2018 at 2:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Fantastic to hear. Thanks for the encouraging words. 😀

      August 2, 2018 at 4:53 pm Reply
  • Mary

    So much nicer Larissa! The white gives it such a soft sweet look.

    August 8, 2018 at 11:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for saying so, Mary.

      August 9, 2018 at 6:10 am Reply
  • Elaine

    NOW it looks inviting! I love how you did the mirror.

    August 14, 2018 at 2:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the sweet words, Elaine. We love it.

      August 14, 2018 at 5:58 pm Reply

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