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Make a mirrored chest of drawers

Transform dated furniture or makeover plain furniture with Rust-Oleum Bright Coat and mirrors.

I found this project on instructables and it ties in nicely with our recent feature on using mirrored furniture to create the illusion of space. Mirrored furniture is expensive to buy, but you can make your own and Tamara shows how (


Sander and assorted sandpaper

Wood filler or QuikWood (for repairs)

Rust-Oleum Bright Coat, Universal Metallic or Specialty Metallic

Mirrors, cut to size

Neutral cure or adhesive for mirrors

Drill / Driver plus Glass & Tile bit (if drilling own holes)

Handles and/or knobs

Tape measure and pencil 


1. Before you can spray or apply mirrors you need to do some prep work to remove paint or varnish. It's a good idea to remove all the old paint or varnish to ensure you have a sound surface for mounting mirrors. Use paint stripper if there are several layer of paint or vanish, or grab your sander and strip the piece down to bare wood.

GOOD TO KNOW: Use wood filler to fix small cracks and chips, and Alcolin QuikWood epoxy putty if you need to repair dents or mould missing pieces.

2. Take the sanded furniture outdoors or in a well-ventilated room and place on newspaper. Wipe clean to remove all traces of dust and then follow the instructions on the can for proper application. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

GOOD TO KNOW: Shake the can well before and during use.

GOOD TO KNOW: Apply light, even coats over the surface to prevent drips and runs.

3. Measure up where you want to mount mirrors, which is usually on the sides, top and drawer fronts. If there are panels on the sides and drawer fronts, cut the glass to fit inside these, or have the mirror cut slightly smaller that flat panels.

GOOD TO KNOW: Have the mirror supplier sand the edges of the mirror.

4. You will need to mark and measure to drill holes for handles and/or knobs. Mirror suppliers can do this for you, or you can use a Glass & Tile bit if you want to do it yourself. DO measure accurately.

5. Use a neutral cure or solvent-free adhesive to mount the mirrors onto the furniture. Small dollops placed away for the edges will be sufficient. Allow the adhesive to cure overnight.

GOOD TO KNOW: While most adhesive offer 'tack' and will hold the glass in place, you may need to tape mirror in place where it slips.

6. Now you can attach your sparkly handles and/or knobs. Gelmar have a wonderful range of crystal knobs that really add shine to mirrored furniture.


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