DIY Mirrored Vanity Tray

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hey Everyone! 
I've always had an affinity for vanity trays, especially mirrored vanity trays. And if you're reading this, you probably do too. 

They add a touch of glamour to our vanity tops and serve as luxe organizers for perfume and favorite beauty products that are just too darn pretty to hide away in your makeup drawer. 

After spending some time looking for a mirrored vanity tray, I realized options were slim to none in my area, so I decided to make my own.

DIY Mirrored Vanity Tray

DIY Mirrored Vanity Tray Tutorial

What You'll Need…
  • Small Framed Mirror (I found mine at Savers Thrift Store for 99 cents)
  • Metal Ribbon (I used Hobby Lobby's 2" Zinc Plated Metal Ribbon)
  • Decorative Nails or Nailhead Trim (Available at Lowes, or Fabric & Craft stores)
  • Lightweight Hammer (I used a rawhide hammer)
  • Hot Glue Gun (I use a High Temperature gun)
  • Foam Core Board (Optional, depending on the mirror/frame you're using)
  • Scrapbook Paper (to recover the back)
  • Sandpaper (150 grit is my go-to)
  • Spray Adhesive (I use 3M Spray Adhesive)
  • Feet for the bottom of your tray (I used wooden screw covers from the Restore)
  • Paint (If you're painting the frame) I like Rust-Oleum Spray Paint.

I found this small funky mirror at Savers thrift store, it was only 99 cents!

Removed any hardware

If you plan on painting the frame, go ahead and remove the paper or any other backing.

Removing the mirror will make it easier to paint.

I'm sanding the frame with a 150 grit sanding block, to prep for painting.

I use a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water to clean the frame and wipe away any dust.

I'm painting the frame with Rust-Oleum metallic spray paint in Titanium Silver.

I did three light coats.

Allowing each coat to dry for about 15 minutes, before applying the next coat.

After the final coat of spray paint, I gave the frame about 2 hours to dry.

Last month, I ordered this 2" Zinc Plated Metal Ribbon from Hobby Lobby, knowing it would be awesome for some DIY projects. Check it out, how perfect is this stuff for a vanity tray!

I wrapped the metal ribbon around the perimeter of the frame, to determine how much I needed. Add an extra 1/2 inch or so, better to cut it a little longer than too short. You can always trim off any excess later.

The metal ribbon is really flexible and easy to cut, I used a pair of small metal cutting shears, that we use for making jewelry.

To attach the metal ribbon to the frame, I'm using Dritz Decorative Nails or Nailhead trim.

We have several types of hammers, but since this is a lightweight, semi-dainty wood frame and I'm using nail head trim… I chose to use a rawhide hammer. It's gentle on the delicate frame and won't mar the nail heads.

I placed the metal ribbon along the outside of the frame and began hammering in the nailhead trim, one by one.

This metal filigree ribbon has tiny holes, that just happened to line up perfectly along the edge of the frame, so I hammered the nails into those holes.

After all the nails were in, it was time to finish off the edge of the metal ribbon.

Using a pair of flat nose pilers, I gently bent the two edges of metal ribbon, overlapping one end over the other and meshing them together. TIP: Try to match up the ends of the metal ribbon, so the filigree pattern fits together, this will give a more seamless look.

Now it's time to polish that mirror.

And place it back into the frame.

I'm using my high temperature hot glue gun to lock that mirror into place, it was quite wobbly and loose in there before.

I'm adding a tiny dollop of glue into each corner.

This is a piece of foam core board, leftover from a previous project.

I cut it down to size.

 And placed it behind the mirror to give the back a flat surface.

Next I traced out a piece of scrapbook paper to fit the bottom of the tray.

Using 3M spray adhesive, I sprayed one side of the scrapbook paper.

And pressed it onto the back of the tray.

What about feet?! Our tray needs little feet. 
I found these wooden screw covers at Habitat For Humanity's Restore for 10 cents.

Rust-Oleum spray paint in Titanium Silver, to the rescue. The same paint we used on the frame.

Gave the feet two light coats, allowing them to dry for about 15 minutes in between coats.

Once those were dry, I attached them with a dollop of hot glue.

TIP: Only use a tiny amount of glue, you don't want it oozing out, looking all gummy and gross. You also want a smooth, flat, uniform surface for your feet to adhere to... Excess glue under any one of the feet might mean a wonky wobbly tray. 

…And here's how my DIY Mirrored Vanity Tray turned out... (Loves it!)

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! 


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  1. I will definitely be making this! Thanks!!

  2. great! thank you for sharing!

  3. Thanks girls! Happy DIY'ing xoxo Christine

  4. You're much more brave than I would be; ordering that ribbon sight unseen. It sure paid off, just beautiful!
    P.S. Your under-cabinet bathroom makeover was the BEST interior design idea that I've seen in many many years!! I've sent it to everyone. Lol Keep em' coming! :)

  5. What a lovely tray!!!!! Thank you for sharing all your lovely diy projects. You are very inspiring!!!!

  6. love this DIY and so cute..I would love to see how you organize and store all you DIY craft supplies. I live in a small apartment and pull all my DIY projects out on the balcony. I have transformed my small dining space to a craft area. I need some good organizing storage tips. Thanks and as always I'll be seeing you on your next great DIY on YT :)

  7. I am very impressed. You have no idea how much I enjoy watching your videos. Morning coffee and your blog = a very good day... Greetings from Denver

  8. This is beautiful! I just love all of your DIY projects! Thank you for all the inspiring posts and videos!

  9. This is so awesome! I'm going to recreate my own! I love how yours turned out! I love DIYs, makeup, anything beauty related! Find me on Instagram or Twitter @Xoxhollyb ✨💋😘

  10. This is so awesome! I'm going to recreate my own! I love how yours turned out! I love DIYs, makeup, anything beauty related! Find me on Instagram or Twitter @Xoxhollyb ✨💋😘