Mirror Top DIY


Mirror topped furniture is like instant pizzazz….it’s glam, it’s elegant.
It works in just about any decorating style.

I’ll be honest though, I’m kind of over fully mirrored tables  – 
mainly because almost every single one I’ve seen in shops was broken or cracked.  So it hadn’t even made it out of the store and it was damaged?  Please.  Not to mention the 7 years bad luck with that…um, no thanks.  Over them.

However, a simple mirror top?  LOVE it.

So my point is, if you have some dated or even somewhat ugly end tables, all that matters is their size and shape – paint and some mirror is an easy way to de-ugly them.  OR if you like your tables, but the top has damage.  OR if you just like mirror.  Win/Win.

Now, remember Dawn?  And her little living room end tables?  She had 2 more (yes, exactly the same, no, I have no idea why she had 4 of the exact same table, and honestly I felt awkward asking).  The remaining 2 oak tables were destined for the Master Bedroom as bedside tables.

Here’s the steps to get from Before to After:

First,  lightly sand, then prime with Zinsser Cover Stain spray primer (per usual).

Choose the trim for the table top.  Measure, and miter cut for all 4 sides.  Attach 3 sides of the moulding or trim you’ve selected around the edge of the table top with a nail gun or brad nails.  (my photos are all ‘After’ – you’ll add the mirror at the end)

Fill the holes with wood filler and sand.  If necessary (and it probably will be), use DAP (paintable caulking) to fill any gap between the moulding and the top….DAP is your friend.

Once the filler and DAP is cured and sanded smooth, you’re ready to paint.  I used SW ProClassic in BM Oxford White.
Don’t forget to paint the as yet un-attached piece of moulding as well!

The mirror for this project was found on the curb in my ‘hood, (seriously!  And thank you 7 Westdale Dr!) and it was exactly the right size to do both tables.  My local glass place cut the 2 peices I needed for $5.  Have the mirror cut to the size of each top less the width of the moulding being added. That teeny detail is uber-important, or your mirror won’t fit once the trim is on!

Once it’s all painted, slide in the mirror, and tack in the last piece of moulding.
Fill, sand and touch up the mitered corners as necessary.

I added decals to the corners of the side tables, ‘sleep’, and ‘dream’.
I was worried that Mr. Dawn would think these a bit girly, but he didn’t –  I’m glad he’s very secure in his masculinity.
I chose raised letter decals from Michael’s –  there’s about a zillion to choose from in every size and color, use whatever font or style rocks your boat.  The little decorative scrolls are also decals.












 They turned out lovely.
And they will look especially lovely once the bed has been painted, don’t you think?


Click here to see another mirror top Nightstand project!

If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate, I can help you create the extraordinary.
Fall in love with your home again.


If you’re planning to re-decorate, re-design, or renovate, I can help you create the extraordinary. Fall in love with your home again.

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  1. Sweet little update on the table – nice touch with the mirror, never would have thought to put one on a table!
    And LOVE that chrome nail polish! gotta find it!

  2. oh lord, the beibs has a chrome car? did not know that. i love your mirror topped table, it’s the perfect amount of bling!

  3. Those look so pretty! I have 2 ugly end tables that I’ve been wanting to redo in some way, but hadn’t figured anything great out yet. This tutorial is perfect- thank you!