How to use contact paper to make a cabinet look MIRRORED

 

How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

We just finished the funnest project.

We added “mirror” to the front of that buffet.

I am obsessed with all things shiny, so I know this will surprise no one.

 

How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

Our buffet started out looking like this. And if you really want to see how ugly it was before I painted it this color, go HERE. (I will warn you….. if painting over ugly mass produced fake wood inset looking furniture hurts your heart, don’t go read the article. You’ve been warned.)

 

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How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

I had seen this mirrored paper/film stuff online for sale and wondered if it worked. (PS last time I check it was sold out so you could try these mirror adhesive sheets or this faux metal roll.)

So I thought I would try it to make my own mirrored furniture piece and let you know how it went!

I will warn you that their directions were a bit sketchy and it’s a good thing I had Lizzie with me!

  How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

First, you need to wash your surface with vinegar and water so the film will adhere well.

 

How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

Then you need to “measure” the size of your piece. I always “measure” by using tissue paper and my fingernail. It isn’t perfect, but ain’t nobody got time for a tape measure when you can crease tissue paper. Can I get an amen?

 

How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

Lizzie used our “tissue template” to trace onto the back of the film and cut out our first piece.

 

How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

The directions said to dampen your surface with a water bottle. Done.

 

How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

And after you peel the back off  of your film to dampen the film too. It’s supposed to be so you can re-position the paper easier. Not sure if it really did that or not, but we are rule followers, so spritz it we did!

 

How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

Then Lizzie laid the first piece of film into the drawer inset.

 

How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

And she used many tools to try to smooth it out….. a stencil smoother (pictured), a sponge, a rag and a debit card. This is where you NEED to get the big bubbles out.

 

How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

If your film is a little too big in spots you CAN cut it with a knife, but I really suggest you trim your piece perfectly BEFORE adhering it to your furniture. So much easier!

 

How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

Then you pull and pray the blue protective film. Great job Lizzie! (and great hair!!!)

 

How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

Viola!  It’s mirrored!

I was surprised that it’s also very “dimpled” for lack of a better word.

But the dimpled look is consistent on every inset of the buffet and I love it! I actually think if it weren’t dimpled it may look like tin foil, ya know?

 

How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

See it on the whole thing?  It’s very reflective.

 

How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

 

And the reflective-ness changes with the lighting!

 

How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

Here is my reflection in the film at night! It’s a “dimpled mirror”. lol. 

 

How to Make Mirrored Furniture with Contact Paper | Magic Brush

See? Gorgeous, right?

If you want to check out the mirrored “film” (you can call it contact paper too!), it’s HERE online for sale.

And because I know you will ask, all the details about my rug are HERE. I am obsessed with that too!!!!

And for those of you who are super visual…. you can see me apply some of the film on this video on my Facebook page:

I would love to know if you end up trying your own mirrored furniture project with this paper. Let me know!

Best,

Jennifer

 

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9 comments
  1. Heather
    Heather
    March 7, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Beautiful!!!

  2. Hilda Clayton
    Hilda Clayton
    March 8, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Amazing.Love it…You never cease to amaze me..I love your sweet Family and Mr.Magic has the right name also 🙂

  3. Kellie
    Kellie
    March 8, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Can’t wait to try it! I went to the link and it is out of stock. Hope they get more in! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Nicole Martin
    Nicole Martin
    March 8, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    This was one of my favorite projects you (Lizzie) have done…..probably tied with that black ceiling. I’m thinking I may need to try it!

  5. Debbie
    Debbie
    March 11, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Could you age the mirrored finish?

  6. Gaby
    Gaby
    March 18, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Love this room! Can you tell me where you found that big urn that is holding those pretty orange florals? Thank you!

  7. Kristin Perine
    Kristin Perine
    April 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    I just ordered this and am in the middle of putting it on the insets of a dining room piece…LOVE IT!!!!!! I love everything you do!

  8. Nancy
    Nancy
    January 3, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    The link to the mirrored paper/film is no longer valid. Can you please tell me the name of the product you used ? Thank you

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