Rental ReStyle: A Stripe Mirror Makeover

Do you have an accessory that works in a room, but it looks a little tired? Are you trying to balance a room with the addition of layering patterns without it being too much? Or have you just moved, and you're trying to create a wow factor for a focal point in your space? Try this: pick an accessory, like your favorite mirror, and don't just repaint it - stripe it! It's a great way to add a dash of the stripe pattern trend, especially for renters needing to do something a little less permanent than painting a wall.

Since white & gold is also another hot trend, painting white stripes onto an already painted gold mirror was a win-win! However, even though I used blue painters tape, the white paint bled through. So a quick solution I came up with was to cover the bleed with what I had: black electrical tape. This was another win because the touch of black relates to the other black items in the space, but it's kept lighter for spring b/c the bolder stripes are white & gold.

1. Locate center.
2. Mark mirror into quads
3. Mark & tape 8 pizza slices

4. Note which side of line to place tape for painted sections.
5. Mark every-other section with tape to leave gold
6. Paint sections with white latex + be aware of drips along edge.

7. After paint dries, carefully peel off tape.
For clean-up: razor blade edges on mirror.
8. For the crisp graphic look (and hide bleeding paint), cover paint seems with black electrical tape
(electrical tape is $.99 for a roll 4xs larger than decorative
Scotch black tape at $3.39 - either sold at Ace)
9. Take tape to the edge on mirror: trim with blade. Wrap other end to back of mirror for clean edge.
 10. To ensure tape stays in place, seal mirror finish with a clear top coat and
let dry well before hanging.

Painting stripes on the round mirror created a bold & graphic starburst effect.

I've had this round mirror for about 15 years now - Ironically, it was gold at first, then silver for about 10+ years, then I painted back to gold about two years ago. It worked behind the sofa as a simple backdrop during holiday, but after creating the updated gallery wall, I had moved it to another room. Since I refreshed the sofa arrangement for spring with a stripe throw from another room, the living room needed a little more balance with the pattern mix. Adding the stripe mirror back above the TV unit /bookcase brought that pattern balance to this side of the room.

The simple shift of the updated mirror plus relocating the brass sconces from the stairways to flanking the mirror made a greater difference in the impact of the focal point for this wall...

With all the hard, straight lines in the room, it usually feels its best when
one round piece is added.

More about the Spring Style update next...
Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Wow Lynda! That looks amazing! What a bold impact that makes such a difference!

  2. Lynda this is so fabulous and elegant. You did an amazing job. This is such a wonderful post! I would love it if you would share this at our WIW linky party. Hope to see you there.


  3. wow!! you definitely know what you are doing!

  4. Loving the stripe mirror.

    What are the deets are the stools again? I remember them, I think. LOL.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting



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