Easy DIY Anthropologie Mirror

This easy DIY Anthropologie Mirror was so simple to put together that even a “non-DIYer” like me could do it! If you are looking to get that vintage feel with your mirror, but you don’t want to spend mucho bucks, this DIY is for you

gold mirror on a fireplace mantle

I cannot remember the first time I laid my eyes on the Anthro Gleaming Primrose mirror, but it was eons ago.

The swooning began and I quickly became disappointed when I saw the pricetag.

That’s okay. Some things aren’t meant to be and that was one of them.

Even though the mirror is pricey, and rightly so because it is gorgeous, that doesn’t mean you can’t make what you currently have work!

gold appliqué and a tube of rub 'n buff

What do you need to make a Gleaming Primrose mirror?

You will need a few things if you want to make this Anthropologie mirror.

Once you have your supplies, the actual DIY is a piece of cake.

Just the way this busy mama likes it!

  • Mirror– Simple mirror with a flat bottom so it can stand on a dresser or mantle.
  • Appliqués- You will need an appliqué for the top and then two appliqués that flank the bottom of the mirror. I found mine on amazon for a couple of dollars.
  • Rub ‘n Buff- This is a product that you can rub onto almost any surface and create a beautiful painted finish. I got a small tube (0.5 fluid ounces) and it got me through this entire project with some left over. If you have an antique gold spray paint, that will work, also!
  • Hot glue and Glue gun- This is for gluing the appliqués on after the paint dries.
hot glue gun and a gold mirror on a wooden table

Steps for making a DIY Anthropologie Mirror

  1. Wipe down your mirror well and prep a space to paint your appliqués and mirror.
  2. Use rub ‘n buff to paint the appliqués and mirror- I used a paper towel wrapped around my finger to paint the mirror, but I had to use a small paint brush to get in the small crevices of the appliqués.
  3. Allow the paint to dry- This shouldn’t take very long. The paint dries fairly quickly.
  4. Glue the Appliqués onto the mirror- Using hot glue, adhere the decorative pieces onto the mirror. I used a stack of index cards to help support the appliqués while the glue dried. The cards supported the edge hanging off of the mirror.
a corner scroll like appliqué on the corner of a mirror

How do you make an ornate mirror?

The key to getting a mirror that looks like the Anthro mirror is to get ornate appliqués.

You don’t want anything too frilly, but there needs to be a bit of “fancy” to them so they feel special.

Make sure you attach the bottom corner pieces high enough that the bottom of the mirror sits on whatever surface you have it on without putting pressure on the bottom pieces.

a gold mirror on a mantle

How do you keep paint off of the mirror surface?

If you are worried about keeping paint off of the mirror surface, use blue painter’s tape prior to painting.

The Rub n’ buff is so easy to use that I don’t usually need any tape.

If any excess gets on the glass, I use a razor blade to scrape it off.

gold mirror on a mantle with two topiaries

How do you style an Anthro DIY mirror?

I love creating an old world, European feel to my space.

Mirrors like this tend to be a focal point in the room.

You can put yours on a mantle, the top of a piano, or dresser.

They can be show stoppers for a living room or entry area.

Since the mirror is so beautiful on its own, I chose to stick with two simple topiaries on either side of the mirror.

Having it on a buffet in an entry would be lovely with a small faux flower arrangement and a classic lamp.

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