Repurposed dresser mirror frame

It’s come a long way since I found it marked as-is in an antique shop a few months ago.
This is what I started with. I think it came from a child’s dresser because it’s only 19″ x 22″.
I love the wood, but it’s patched in a few places and not in the best condition.


1. I traced a pattern of the frame opening, then used my scroll saw to cut out the board and to round off the edges of the scrap wood shelf.
2. After applying a line of wood glue, I screwed the shelf to the bottom of the frame.
3. To dress up the edge of the shelf, I added a strip of prepasted embossed wallpaper.
4. I sprayed the board with two coats of chalkboard paint, then attached it to the back of the frame with small nails. This was the final step after I painted the frame.

After I filled the holes, I painted the entire thing with chalk paint (the recessed area is a slightly different color), then I used plain old Elmer’s glue to crackle it just a bit.

I found a bunch of these aluminum cups at a flea market a few months ago. They were looking a little blah, so I stenciled numbers on half of them and letters on the other half.

1, 2, and 3 are a perfect fit on the shelf next to the tiny watering can.

I’m too impatient to plant seeds, but this was a good photo op for the pretty seed packet.

My flower drawing skills haven’t changed since first grade:-)



There’s a hook on the back for hanging, and since I managed to get the shelf on straight, it also sits level on a table. I’m ready for spring and ready to see all my plants in bloom. What’s blooming in your neck of the woods?

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