March 3, 2011

Adding Flowers and Jewels To A Dresser Mirror Tray

Dressing up that plain mirror tray.

Plain gold mirror trays can be found at any antique store, any day.

But, whether your mirror tray is for yourself or for sale, it is always fun to make it one of a kind.

If the mirror is removable I spray it, first with primer, and then with heirloom white paint.

Now I go to my drawer of free porcelain flowers

The free porcelain flower post is here, but the cliff notes are to just chisel the flowers off from damaged nick nacks you pick up at the thrift stores for a dollar or two.

Attach with E-6000 glue and you're all set!

You now have a one of a kind heirloom mirror tray

Now, if I find a tray where the mirror cannot be removed, I do not try to paint it.  

I like to attach vintage jewels and rhinestones

Now you have a one of a kind dresser tray

Just throwing out some ideas to get your creative minds churning!

Happy Creating!


Linking up with
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage


La said...

Great ideas, Carol. I hope you are having a wonderful week. La

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing these tips!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Ohh la la! Great tips Carol..very pretty.

Nancy said...

What a great idea to chisel those beauties off!! I have passed up on some just because the piece itself was either a little too damaged or just plain not my taste with the exception of the flowers. Thanks for sharing Carol!!
Huggs, Nancy

Anonymous said...

I just love these. They are just beauitful!! I want to try to make one. I have to find the mirror tray first. I will start looking.
Great Idea, and thanks for sharing.


Createology said...

You always have the most beautiful techniques for making something ordinary extraordinary! Thank you for so generously sharing.

Pieces of Dreams said...

What a great idea! Just lovely and with the perfect touch! Nicely done. Karen

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I have always loved vanity mirrored trays. You have posted some great ideas here!

Debbie said...

My older daughter was dying for a dresser tray mirror so I found one at a garage sale. She's coming home tomorrow. I can't wait to show her this post.

And btw, ever since that porcelain flower post, I've been on the lookout for broken porcelain. I've even eyed some at the house that ought to get um... accidentally dropped.

It's such a wonderful idea. One of my (many) favorites from here.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Wow! They are so pretty! You are so creative! I would have never thought to chisel to save the flowers. Thanks for sharing this tip.

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

You always share the most amazing ideas, Carol! These look so wonderful "after" :)

Char said...

Love it Carol, I do remember the post where you wrote about removing the flowers from the rest of the blooms with nippers. I had forgotten about that and need to keep my eyes open. Thanks again for a great post, Char

decdiva1 said...

great ideas! i am going to do that soon!thanks for the ideas and inspiration!

Laurie Brown said...

You have the best ideas!


Hi Carol,
I Loved meeting you and Love your booth! Your photo is better than mine :) How fun to see you in St.Augustine too! Small world once you open the door.
Have a great weekend! I hope to get to a couple of estate sales. I have so many ideas floating in my little head! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Hi Carol...I actually meant to ask you about that are not complaining at fact you have been pretty patient with them...

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Carol,WHERE do you come up with all of these awesome ideas!!! What cool mirrors! Great job!
Oh, Carol.... I spent so many years feeling that way... thank you so much for yor comment!
Have a pretty day!

Sassy Marsha said...

Love this!

EEEKK, I was just in Orlando!!! I did not realize your shop was there until just NOW?!?!


Ellie said...

Love your ideas. I was going to put some porcelain posies in my yard sale, but have now changed my mind. I have sprayed trays with mirrors that don't come out. I cover the mirror with several layers of newspapers and use painters tape. Am still going to make it to your booth in hopes of meeting you. Enjoy St. Augustine.

boopnut said...

That is a great idea....plan on doing that with my dresser mirror. Fun to meet a fellow blogger too. I plan on following your's as well.

Ginger said...

Carol what beautiful eye candy you have shown us today. Love the trays, especially the white ones. And who could go wrong with the roses?
Happy PS

Roselle said...

I love this. I have seen the porcelain flowers on cheap trinkets and I think of you. I hesitate to buy them because I figure I will break them trying to get them off. I'm a spaz. LOL
Happy PS

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
You never cease to amaze me with the lovely things that you create and alter. I have tried doing things with these basically plain mirrors such as rub on letters for words, painting them different colors, but nothing as fab as the roses and jewelry. Great idea and I'm going to have to borrow it!


Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

You just keep "throwing" out those ideas. We LOVE it! xoxo