Curb Rescue: Door to Floor Mirror

A few weeks before Christmas, I got a curb alert from a friend: ” There was a  cool door on the curb”. I couldn’t get to it before the garbage men came, so my friends went to pick it up. The door ended up being bigger and heavier than it looked. Needless to say it was not the usual pull up- toss it in the car- and peel away sight unseen. I wasn’t there, but I feel like it was a little along the lines of Lucy and Ethel. It didn’t fit in the car so they decided to carry it down the street to a friends house. That way it was safe until I could get there with my SUV. They were laughing so hard hoping no one was watching meanwhile the owner of the door came outside to say she had another door and the friend (whose house they were walking to) was watching from the window very amused.

The door was an arched 15 panel glass door and it was petty cool. At first wasn’t sure what to do with it, then it came to me: repurpose the door into a floor mirror.

curb rescue, give an old door new life and turn it into a floor mirror


arched door repurposed as a floor mirror

As soon as I finished the door, I realized that I never took “before” pictures:( So, I flipped the door over to give you an idea of what it looked like before. The door had dirty glass panels, a few were cracked and held together with duct tape. It also had old mini blinds for privacy- or to hide the ugly.

I started by removing the blinds and glass panels. Then a gave it a good cleaning. Two of the grates near the bottom of the door had some wood rot and were chipped and there were huge bubbles of loose paint. Basically the top layers just peeled off. I was hoping to strip the door down to the wood and stain it but the last layer of paint contained lead. I really didn’t want to have to get into using paint stripper and wet sanding so I decided to paint the door and distress it for more of a vintage feel.


arched door repurposed as a floor mirror

First I painted the door Benjamin Moore Decorator White in a flat finish. Once that dried, I slopped on white glue in random spots on the door to create a crackle finish. When the glue was tacky to the touch, I applied one coat of Folk Art Home Decor chalk paint in “Parisian Grey”, from JoAnn Fabrics. It is an 8oz bottle and I still have about half a bottle left over I wanted the other colors to show through the paint so I didn’t need a second coat of paint. After the gray paint dried, I lightly sanded the entire door with 220 grit sand paper to smooth out the finish. Then, I used 60 grit sandpaper to distress the door. Finally I applied dark walnut stain and wiped it off to highlight the nooks and crannies. I let it dry overnight and sealed the door with clear wax.

arched door repurposed as a floor mirror

I stuck a mirror behind the door just to get an idea of how it would look and I liked it.

vintage arched door repurposed as a floor mirror

You can see a closeup of the crackle finish. As the glue dries, the top coat of paint cracks to reveal the other layers of paint. The thicker the glue, the wider the cracks and vice versa. I have used “crackle medium” before and I think the results were much better with the white glue.


vintage arched door repurposed as a floor mirrorWhen I got the door back from the mirror store, I added a glass knob from my collection and I found an old back plate in my stash. Can I just say how happy I am that I finally have a  “stash” of goodies and was actually able to put it to use.

vintage arched door repurposed as a floor mirror

The mail slot was original to the door. I added the knob and back plate and kept the mail slot to give the floor mirror  character.

vintage arched door repurposed as a floor mirror

vintage arched door repurposed as a floor mirror

vintage arched door repurposed as a floor mirror

vintage arched door repurposed as a floor mirror

curb rescue, give an old door new life and turn it into a floor mirrorOf course I have a final side by side shot. Can you believe the mirror guy couldn’t tell which was the good side? He even called me to confirm it. That made me a little nervous. The more I look at the door, the more I love it. I was totally flying by the seat of my pants experimenting with all the different painting and finishing techniques. I figured if I didn’t like the way it turned out, I could just flip it over and try again. That is another reason I love curb rescues. You can experiment and if it turns out, great. If not you just put it back on the curb.

Here are a few of my other curb rescues:

Office Chair

Steelers Chair

Dresser Makeover

  Buffet Makeover

Gold Chair Makeover

signatureI’m sharing at: Miss Mustard Seed, The Shabby Nest, House of Hipsters, Thoughts From Alice, Home Stories A to Z, Just a Girl and Her Blog, The Style Sisters, The Happy Housie, Funky Junk Interiors

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  1. This is so cool! I’ve seen those paints at Joann’s but never tried them. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. This is such a cool idea and it looks amazing!!

  3. Love the door and how you re-purposed it.

  4. Your door turned out great. Kudos.

  5. I love it! What a great way to make use of such a pretty door :)

  6. Wow! Love it… what a fantastic door and for free to boot.

  7. Love this idea, I have a few corners in my house that could use a mirror to brighten them up! I am not into distressed finishes and would have either stained it painted it a plain colour. I also noticed that (please excuse the pun, I just can’t resist) that the shape mirrors your front door!

  8. That looks amazing! I love seeing something get a beautiful new life!
    I would love for you to stop by my blog and join our link party Something to Talk About!
    Have a great day and I hope to see you there!

  9. This turned out so a-mazing! LOVE IT! Thank you for sharing on Found & Foraged.

  10. O.M.G. – what I would give to find a door like that !!!
    How gorgeous – and it looks like it matches the curve of the window above your front door?
    Pinning now ( very jealously though LOL )

  11. What a beautiful idea! The colors of the door are just perfect and the idea to add mirrors to the door makes it even better. What a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration and I am definitely pinning!

  12. Great find! Love what you did with it.

  13. Love, love, LOVE this! Yesterday my husband and I found an old piece that is 7′ tall. We think it was a cabinet front because it has doors that open, top and bottom. You inspired us with your door and we are going to have mirrors put behind the doors and prop it up in a corner of our bedroom as a full length mirror (we haven’t decided if we’ll remove the doors or just leave them open). I sure do hope it turns out as amazing as your piece. Thank you for sharing all the painting and “crackling” tips. I can hardly wait to get started!
    Blessings to you,

  14. OMGosh! LOVIN’ this piece! Where are you, and what happened to its “twin” door?!? Is it still available? I’d come (run!) get it if so, (if I’m even ANYwhere close!)! (That would be right BEFORE hubby probably kills me!!!)

  15. Kristine, this post was so fun to read. I loved the part of your friends rescuing this door for you and cracking up all the while! HA! I think that is part of the fun of curbside rescues – actually getting the piece can be an adventure all it’s own! The end result is really just so beautiful. I love the arch and how it repeats the arch in your entry! Also the finish, the mail slot, and the backplate and knob, all add so much character. What a great idea to turn it into a mirror. Awesome upcycle!! Thanks for sharing at Best of the Nest!

  16. What a great piece and curbside find!!! A super addition to an entry way, a little fun play at work there. It looks great. You did a wonderful job.
    Sharon @ Zoe’s front porch.


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