Mirrored vanity tray with a variety of beauty products

Indulging in DIY projects is not only fun, it is also a great way to spend your free time. In this project, we will show you how to make a mirrored vanity tray in the shortest time possible, using cheap and easy to find materials.

Mirrored vanity tray with a variety of beauty products

First, you will need a small mirror like the one below. This one was obtained from a thrift store for just 99 cents.

Small funky mirror in rectangular frame

Tear off the paper from the rear of the mirror and remove the mirror from the frame and set aside.

Tearing the paper off the rear of the mirror

Next, use a grit sanding block and sand down the shin on the frame so that the next layer of paint will stick better.

Sanding the frame using grit sanding block

Using a towel, wipe the frame using a mixture of vinegar and water.

Wiping the frame with mixture of vinegar and water

For the paint, you can use Rust-oleum metallic paint, which also serves as a primer. In this project, the Universal brand was used, in titanium silver color.

Rust-oleum metallic paint in spray can

Spray one light layer of the paint on the frame and let it dry. After 15 minutes, spray a second coat. If you are still not satisfied with the results, spray a third coat. However, make sure that the coats are light and thin. Also allow the paint to dry in between each coat.

Frame painted in light coats of paint

Frame painted in light coats of paint

Spacious wooden table that serves as workstation

You also require a trim around the frame. Here, the trim was a metal ribbon. You can buy it online or in stores. It goes for around $3 for 7 yards. The good feature about this metal ribbon is that it is flexible, making it easy to use.

Grey metal ribbon used as trim around frame

Grey metal ribbon used as trim around frame

Measuring out the metal ribbon

Wrap the metal ribbon around the frame to know how much of it you will need. After measuring it out, cut off the length you need and cut it off using a pair of metal shears.

Cutting the size of metal ribbon required using metal shears

To attach the metal ribbon to the frame, you will need decorative nails.

Metal decorative nails

It is important to choose a gentle yet strong hammer. Hammer in the nails carefully and make sure that they are nailed in perfectly along the edge.

Gentle brown raw hide hammer

Hammering in the decorative nails

Lining the nails along the edge

Hammering in the last decorative nail

Bend the two ends of the metal ribbon and mesh them together using pliers, so that the metal ribbon looks continuous.

Meshing the ends of the metal ribbon

Next, polish the mirror so that it is shiny

Polishing  the mirror

Now place the mirror into the frame and make sure it is well-centered. To help the mirror stay in place, add glue to the four corners using a high-temperature hot glue gun.

Placing the mirror into the frame

White, fitting foam board

Place a white fitting foam board at the back and staple it in so it fits in place.

Placing foam board at the back

Tracing out a piece of scrapbook paper.

Mirrored Vanity Tray -223

Spray one side of the scrapbook paper and fit it over the bottom to create a neat finish.

Fitting scrapbook paper at the bottom

Rust-oleum paint and primer

Again, using the Rust-oleum paint and primer, spray the wood screw hole covers. These can be obtained for around 10 cents. Use two coats of paint.

Wood screw hole covers sprayed with titanium silver paint

Attach the screw hole covers at the bottom using a hot glue gun and you’re done!

Attaching screw hole covers at bottom

Mirrored vanity tray used for storage