I have a feeling that this is going to be one of many IKEA hacks in my lifetime. I really do love a good IKEA hack! I wanted to put some fun decorative frames in my playroom and I had a
million four black Malma IKEA mirrors laying around in my house. Sam from Atkinson Drive had a brilliant idea of making picture frames with the IKEA Malma mirrors. I loved this IKEA mirror makeover idea and I wanted to take it one step further and add some decorative prints to the outside of frames. There are so many great scrap papers out there and I went with these that I got from Hobby Lobby.
I wanted the frames to have a white background so I spray painted the entire frame and mirror with white primer. (You could skip this step if you buy the white frames…all I had were black ones.) A solid coat of spray paint on top isn’t necessary since I will be covering it with paper. Make sure the edges have 2 coats of paint as they will be visible.
I traced the mirror onto the scrapbook paper, cut off excess paper, and then I placed the paper on top of the mirror and cut out the center area with a razor blade.
I then put a layer of mod podge onto the top of the frame and placed the paper on top and smoothed out any bumps. After that was complete, I put another mirror on top of it so that it would dry flat without any bubbles. After it was dry I then put a coat of mod podge on the top of the scrapbook paper to give it a glossy look and make sure it was secured to the frame properly.
I printed a few Instagram pics (4×4 in size) on my computer. They almost fit perfectly into the mirrored section of the frame. You may need to trim a the edges so it fits inside the frame.
Once the frame was finished I glued the picture onto the center of the frame. I put a coat of modge podge on top to seal it. Let the frames dry overnight and then they are ready to display! I love the pieces of scrapbook paper I choose as they look like different types of distressed woods. It is a fun little touch to add to the playroom.
I love this idea of creating your own frame exactly how you want it to look. I may have to try out a gallery wall of my own. Last week I did an Ikea dresser hack…do you have a favorite Ikea hack you’ve done or want to try? (I guess I’m on a little bit of an Ikea hack kick. Haha) Please share!
I hope you all have a great week, pretty busy over here. Next week I leave to go to Arizona to compete with my quartet Delilah. (You can read more about my group here.) Straight from Arizona, I fly to Hawaii to go celebrate my brother and future sister in law! Okay…deep breath…back to packing!
Monique | WritingMonique says
Wow! This is incredible, so cute, so lovely!
Bethany @ The Southern Couture says
Those are precious. I love that they were mirrors you already had lying around the house that you could repurpose. Ikea is the best and so inexpensive. The scrapbook paper designs you chose are really cute too. Plus the pictures you used are even cuter. Thank you for sharing at Motivational Monday Link Party. I can’t wait to see what you share this week too.
Bethany from The Southern Couture
Thanks for coming by the blog! I love how simple the frames are but also how much character they have! Thanks, Bethany!
Jen @ Fresh Crush says
Love Ikea for this type of stuff! Love these, so cute!
Thanks Jen! I love “fixing” up anything IKEA! 🙂
Ruthie, I love this idea! I would not have guessed that was scrapbooking paper!
Thanks Roxanne! It was super simple but I love how it turned out! 🙂
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I love this idea! That paper is so fun and makes such a statement! Great upcycle, Ruthie!
Thanks Amy! It was fairly simple, which I love those easier projects!
Veronika Dalton says
Ruthie, those frames are absolutely beautiful! I have an old wooden frame that would be perfect for this kind of a makeover, but the mirror broke decades ago. I’ll probably have to hire a glass company to measure the frame and cut a custom mirror to fit into it. It’s a long Victorian frame and the wood hasn’t been preserved very well, but I’ve been keeping it in a closet for about 2 years since my grandmother passed away, just waiting for the perfect idea of how to bring it back to life. Now I know what I’m doing with my weekend!
Thank you so much Veronika! Yeah I’m so glad I could help inspire you! I would love to see the final product when you are finished!
What a great idea!! Where did you get the white shelf you displayed the frames on?
Thank you so much Krista! I got that shelf at IKEA! 🙂