Photo gallery walls are popular, but it can get expensive to purchase lots of frames.  I prefer to shop at Goodwill San Antonio, find frames in the shape and style I like, and transform them with spray paint.  You’ll be surprised how easy it is to use a picture frame to make your own mirror and use it as a focal point for a gallery wall.

I always check the frame section at Goodwill.  Many of the frames are plastic or look outdated, but that’s easy to fix.  Find a frame that has a shape you like (I’m drawn to oval frames) and make it match your decor.

The frame I used for the mirror had a large print drawing behind it, and the backing was screwed on.  It was easy to remove it so I could paint the glass.


  • Various frames from Goodwill
  • Spray Paint
  • Krylon’s Looking Glass Spray Paint
Step one:  Remove the glass from the frame.


Step two:  Spray Paint the frame.

Step three:  Clean the glass well.  Spray the back side of the glass with the Looking Glass paint.  Be sure to follow the instructions on the can.  Apply several light layers to achieve the mirror effect.

Step four:  Put the glass back in the frame and admire your new mirror!


I’m always amazed at how it’s really a mirror…not just silver glass, but an actual mirror!

This is an easy way to make a gallery wall while on a budget.  Find Goodwill frames in the shape or style you like, and simply spray paint them the same color to look cohesive.  No one will ever guess that they didn’t match before.  Turning one picture frame into a mirror makes a nice focal piece for your wall, and it still coordinates with the frames.

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Disclosure:  I wrote this as a Goodwill Blogger.  All ideas and opinions are my own.


  1. This is such a neat idea, Morena! Never thought to use the looking glass spray to achieve the actual mirror effect. Sometimes I can feel really dumb when the light bulb goes off. Thanks for sharing this!


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