How To Make A Repurposed Mirror Sign

It’s my favourite time of the month again… time for the Thrifty Chicks project challenge.

On the second Wednesday of each month I join some very talented blogging friends for a project challenge, and with a different theme each time it’s really a lot of fun. This month’s challenge is mirrors.

Thrifty Chicks October 2018 Mirror Project Challenge

I hope my project reflects well on me. lol. (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist that one.)

But I mean it in a slightly different way than you might think. You’ll see what I mean when you see the finished project.

If you missed any of the past projects you can find them here.

I’m so excited to see what my blogging friends have come up with for this month’s mirror challenge. You’ll find links to their projects at the end of this post. Be sure to visit and check out all the fabulousness.

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But first I’ll share my project with you.

I love mirrors because they can be used in our home’s decor in so many ways. For my project I decided to create a repurposed mirror sign.

Now there are some people in the designing world who think that the whole words on walls thing is out. I’ve heard more than one designer recently say that, but like everything else that’s a matter of opinion.

Now I would agree to that when it comes to signs just for signs sake, or if someone is putting up words or signs just to follow a trend.

But as a lover of words, and since I don’t care the least little bit about trends, I say that words that mean something to you, that make you feel something, or that bring back some happy memories, are absolutely 100% always in. Like my vintage window screen signs.

It’s really just all about what words or phrases mean something to you.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, lol, let’s get on with this repurposed mirror sign project.


Three black wrought iron mirrors used to create a repurposed mirror sign

I’ve had these three thrifted mirrors for what seems like eons. I thrifted them as a set, and they’ve been patiently waiting for their project day to come along… and it finally did.

You could do this project with one mirror as well. It just depends what you have on hand or what you can find in your neck of the thrifting woods.

And also finally… I’m doing this project for my long-stalled living room makeover, which I’ve started up again thanks to What I Learned From A Pig. Thanks Miss Pinky!


Three black wrought iron mirrors taped off for spray painting

The first thing you’ll need to do is tape off the mirrors with paper cutouts and painter’s tape.


Three black wrought iron mirrors spray painted blue

Then you can spray paint them any color you like… with 3 light coats. I used a color called Lagoon. It’s a lovely deep aqua blue.

If you love the color your mirror already is that’s awesome. Less work is always a good thing.


Buttons, painter's tape and E6000 glue used to create mirror sign

This is a very simple project with only a few supplies needed…  painter’s tape, buttons from my thrifted button collection, and E6000 glue.


preparing to glue the buttons onto the mirrors with E6000 glue

E6000 glue is perfect for a project like this because it’s transparent, and it works so well with just a little dab.


back of wrought iron mirror

Remember to check which end your hanger is on the back of the mirror. I had mine upside down when I was placing my J buttons on the first mirror, but thankfully I noticed before I started gluing.


close up of the buttons used to make the letter J on mirror

To make the letters for my sign I’m using my button stash of white/creamy buttons. I chose buttons of different tones, styles, and textures for added interest.

The best way to glue the buttons on to the mirror is to place them the way you want them and then glue them down one at a time. That way you won’t lose your placement.


glued the letter J on mirror with buttons using E6000 glue

I could have chosen pink or green buttons, because those colors will also be in my living room along with blues.

But I chose white/creamy for a reason, and I’ll explain that further down when you see the finished project.


close up of the buttons used to make the letter O on mirror

If you choose regular buttons for the letters, ones that have holes that go right through them, it’s important to use as little glue as possible so it doesn’t ooze out the holes.


glued the letter O on mirror with buttons using E6000 glue

I found it best to put very little dots of glue on the outside area around the holes, but not too close to the outside edge of the button.

You don’t want the glue to ooze out the button edges either.

If you find too much glue is coming out of the tube you can try using a toothpick to apply the glue to the backs of the buttons.


close up of the buttons used to make the letter Y on mirror

Some of the buttons I chose had raised posts on the back that stuck out too much. I twisted those off with needle nose pliers before gluing them on.

When I twisted a few of the posts didn’t come off perfectly cleanly. They left little bits sticking up,.

I tried flattening one button back with a hammer, and smashed that button into smithereens. Ooops!

That wasn’t supposed to happen. 🙂


glued the letter Y on mirror with buttons using E6000 glue

But it’s all good, and on to plan b I went, which was adding a healthy dab of glue over those bits.

It doesn’t really matter if a button sits a little wonky as long as it’s glued on securely.


Repurposed mirror sign with buttons used to spell JOY hanging on wall

Here you can see my JOY repurposed mirror sign in place on my wall beside my original antique living room door. It fills the space of this little wall nicely, and I think it complements my salt & pepper collection shelf.

How to place the mirrors is a completely personal choice. I didn’t want the O of the word JOY to be in a circular mirror because it’s also circular. I don’t really know why, but that would bug me. It’s just a gut thing. And I also didn’t want the completely circular framed mirror and the square frame with the circular mirror together. Say what? lol.

That’s because the two circular mirrors would be together, and that would bug me too. Again, it’s just a gut thing. So I opted for the square mirror within the square frame to be in the middle.  For whatever reason the two square frames being together doesn’t bug me. I guess it’s just a round mirror thing. lol. Go figure! Honestly it sounds way more complicated than it was. It took w-a-a-a-y  less time to figure that out than it did to explain it. lol.

Don’t look at the molding paint job. It still needs another coat. And now that I asked you not to look of course you’ll go back and look. lol. That’s ok, if I can’t share my unfinished paint jobs with you who can I share them with? 🙂

And yes, the walls of this color-loving girl’s living room are white. Can you believe it? It’s even a bit of a shock to me.

I fell in love with the white walls in my aqua and red kitchen makeover because they really showed off all the color, and I’m hoping for the same result in my living room.


View of repurposed mirror JOY sign from the living room area

Now on to the reasons that I chose the white/creamy buttons. The first reason was for their subtlety.

They stand out more or less depending on where you’re viewing the mirrors from.


View of repurposed mirror sign when coming down the living room stairs

The second reason is that I wanted the Lagoon color mirror frames to be the stand out most of the time. I love the pops of that color against the white wall.


View of repurposed mirror sign when coming down the stairs

And the third and most important reason that I chose them is this view that I see every morning as I come down the stairs.

Words are powerful… and our home’s decor should help empower us to face the world. So what better place is there to display meaningful words than in our homes?

This repurposed mirror sign is not only reflecting light, but it’s also reflecting JOY back onto my own image every time I walk down the stairs. And that’s very powerful to me.

It reminds me to begin each day with a smile on my face and joy in my heart, no matter what else is going on.

Since I rarely wear white or cream, I’ll always see these JOY buttons no matter what color I’m wearing.

(P.S. I tried to take a picture while looking in the mirror, but it was just not happening. I guess I’m just not that coordinated. lol. )


Completed JOY Mirror Sign hanging on the wall

Home decor should not just be about pretty or trendy things… but also, and more importantly, it should be about meaningful things.

No matter what the trends of the time may be, meaningful words and signs will never be out of style.

So what would your word be? What would your sign say?



Now be sure to check out what my fabulous friends did with their mirror projects.

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Create a repurposed mirror sign using thrifted mirrors and buttons

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…


keep on keepin’ on!



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  1. Very sweet! Love the color of the frames and of course I have a passionate love for vintage buttons, so it speaks to me too.

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! Now that I have my button stash I’m having fun starting to use them. I’m loving all shades of aqua these days. 🙂

  2. This is great Tuula! The mirrors turned out beautifully!


  3. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    Great idea…thinking the round mirror should be in the middle…just my opinion. Love the button idea, very unique & interesting with all the different sizes & patterns.
    Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks so much Linda for mentioning the placement thing. I meant to explain my choice in the post and forgot, but I’ve added that in now. It’s just a personal choice of course. 🙂

  4. Your mirrors turned out perfect. Hanging them square circle square would be too predictable. Square square circle would have looked like an exclamation point. I think you chose the perfect arrangement. When I saw the word JOY I thought this was going to be a Christmas project. Everyone deserves joy in their life everyday not just Christmas. I think you picked the perfect word. If you host a baby shower you can put a banner above the mirrors that says “Bundle Of”

    1. Thanks Olivia! That is such a cute idea. 🙂 And yes, we all deserve joy in our lives every day… not just at Christmas time.

  5. I agree on so many points that you made. I think your mirrors turned out great. Since this project gives you “joy” that is all that matters. I personally like signs and think they will be around for a long time.

    1. Thanks so much Debra! I definitely agree that we need to do what brings us joy, and not worry about what’s hot and what’s not. I love signs too! 🙂

  6. what would it look like if a person used spray frosted glass first ; frosted the mirror and then added the buttons

    1. For this project I wanted to see the letters as well as what the mirror was reflecting. You could certainly try frosted glass, and I think that would be very pretty. Thanks for sharing your idea Linda. 🙂

  7. Love this! And you couldn’t have picked a better word! I’m so with you on those “gut” feelings….my gut would have put the circle in the middle. But then, until you mentioned it, I hadn’t noticed that one of the square frames had a round mirror in it! Your gut has better eyes for stuff! Nice job, my friend! Dona

    1. Thanks so much Dona! Can’t really explain those gut feelings, but I tend to go with them most of the time because they’re usually right when it comes to what works for me. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong here really, it’s just personal preference.

  8. Love how this turned out, Tuula! And love your choice of word near your entry, too;) Think I used lagoon on one of my outdoor tables-nice color. Glad you shared your “undone” projects with us…we all have them!

    1. Thanks Lora! I have a few too many unfinished projects right now. lol. Nice to know we all have them. 🙂

  9. I couldn’t agree more Tuula. Trends are overrated and if words make us happy, bring on the words! This is such a cute idea for the holidays or year round. I might steal a version of this idea for my front entry during the holidays.

    1. Thanks Marie! I’m a nerdy wordy girl and they’ll never go out of style in my house. I’ll look forward to seeing your version. 🙂