Upcycled Dresser Mirror Large Wall Art

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Years ago, we were given a gorgeous dresser from my husband’s sweet, late grandparents. This dresser came with a carved, detachable mirror. With no space to use the dresser mirror and frame, my husband wrapped these pieces in mover’s plastic wrap and hung them on the garage wall. Just like you’d hang a bike. Nice.

After years of seeing this old dresser frame hanging from a bike hook, we finally had a good excuse to take it down from the garage wall. I think grandma and grandpa would’ve been happy about this!

See how we re-purposed this old dresser frame into a piece of large format wall art…
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diy dresser mirror turned wall art

Walk into any thrift store or neighborhood garage sale and you’ll most likely find some large frame, headboard or dresser top that you can just as easily re-purpose into an overscale piece of artwork as I have.

Here’s what I used to turn this dusty dresser frame into a wall frame:

– Sheet of foam core board (I used two pieces of foam core, tapped together)
Rubber cement or craft spray adhesive (Do not use a glue stick)
– Staple gun
– Sheet of plexiglass
– Box cutter knife
– Piece of artwork (We had a vacation photo printed large scale through PosterBurner.com at a great price!)
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Depending on the size of your frame, you may have to tape two (or more) sheets of foam core board together. We used packing tape to hold the sheets together.
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Working in sections, use rubber cement to secure the artwork to the foam core boards. Start on the next project on your list as you wait for the rubber cement to hold!
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Keeping the plexiglass wrapped in plastic, gently use a box cutter to score the glass down to size.
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Insert the plexiglass into the frame followed by the artwork. Use a staple gun to secure the foam core boards to the wooden frame.

What projects have your re-purposed or upcycled? Let me know in the comments!

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Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

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  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
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11 thoughts on “Upcycled Dresser Mirror Large Wall Art

  1. FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks says:

    Victoria, I LOVE that old frame! Reminds me of one I found on the street a few years ago (that I haven’t done anything with yet). Yours is much nicer though. Do I see knobs down at the bottom of the frame? Would love it if mine had that. Anyway, love how you’ve repurposed this! Beautiful way to show off a meaningful piece of art!

  2. kathleen says:

    What an ingenious idea! I’m impressed you guys cut the glass yourself-ha! So nice that it has sentimental value, too. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  3. Pili says:

    What a creative way to display your own artwork! I have never heard about rubber cement, I will have to check… I am sure your husband’s grandparents would love it.

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