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Stenciled Thrift Store Mirror Using Sharpies

On Monday I told you, that I brought home some fun finds from Goodwill in Canada. You know, that when we used to live over there, I never went into a Goodwill store? And there actually is a store not far from where our house used to be. So this time, visiting my family in-law, I went in and oh my! How I wished I lived where I used to, because there were so many things I wanted to take home, but couldn´t. So let me show you this cute stenciled thrift store mirror using sharpies, that I started with yesterday and it´s one of the Goodwill treasures I happily packed and took with me.


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Stenciled Thrift Store Mirror Using Sharpies

When I saw it, I knew, it was perfect for taking home as it was flat and not heavy of course. I also liked the bare light wood style and I thought of adding stencils right away since the surface is quite big…. and it cost a dollar.


stenciled thrift store mirror using sharpies kreativk.net


Using these stencils and white sharpie, I added a fun tribal style to it.


stenciled thrift store mirror using sharpies kreativk.net


I used the stencils but not the actual layout. After adding parts of the triangles in different ways on the frame, I drew some simple arrows in the middle part.


stenciled thrift store mirror using sharpies kreativk.net


And all of it just using a sharpie! So easy and quick too!


stenciled thrift store mirror using sharpies kreativk.net


I took off the little hooks on the top and right now it´s leaning on my cabinet between all the bottles.


stenciled thrift store mirror using sharpies kreativk.net



stenciled thrift store mirror using sharpies kreativk.net


Pin it for later if you like it!!!

stenciled thrift store mirror using a sharpie [kreativk.net]


So, what do you think of this easy and quick thrift store make over?? Can´t wait to get my hands on the next one!

Thanks so much for stopping by…


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  • Keri
    27/08/2017 at 04:21

    Katrin, this is such a cute way to upcycle the mirror! Love the awesome price on the mirror, great deal. I adore the way you moved the triangles around to make your own design and arrows, very clever!!

    • Katrin
      27/08/2017 at 09:20

      Thanks friend 🙂

  • Chloe Crabtree
    14/08/2017 at 18:28

    What a creative idea just requiring Sharpies and stencils. I am already thinking of what stencils I could use to incorporate with my own décor. Thank you for sharing at CELEBRATE YOUR STORY.

    • Katrin
      15/08/2017 at 16:46

      Thank you so much Chloe!

  • JaneEllen
    10/08/2017 at 23:44

    Love your mirror. Pretty clever way to decorate and fill in the stencil using Sharpie paint pen. I keep meaning to get some paint pens when I see them on sale. I found a mirror similar to yours at thrift store, bought it while ago but was waiting for lightning bolt to tell me what to do with it, now I know, thanks to you. Thanks for inspiration, now if I can only find it lol.
    Have been reading posts in between doing vacuuming and laundry, mopping floors.
    Hope you are having good week.

    • Katrin
      11/08/2017 at 16:38

      Oh Thank you so much Jane Ellen! I´m so happy you got inspired to decorate your own mirror too! Have fun with it and have a lovely weekend!

  • Natasha
    09/08/2017 at 08:45

    It’s great that there are actually things like white Sharpies in the world today! In middle and high school I wore out so many whiteout pens trying to use them as markers. Cute project!

    • Katrin
      09/08/2017 at 09:21

      Thank you Natasha! I know, hey? I found it and am so happy I did!

  • Amber Harrop
    08/08/2017 at 21:32

    The Mirror looks great – I like that stencil Katrin

    • Katrin
      09/08/2017 at 09:19

      Thank you Amber!!!

  • Michelle
    08/08/2017 at 16:03

    You get white Sharpies???? No, where? I want some too. Your little thrift store mirror is so unique now Katrin and it does look lovely on your cabinet. I love the way you added you’re own touch to the stencil with the tribal arrows 😉

    • Katrin
      09/08/2017 at 09:18

      Yes… at Michael´s … for almost 10 bucks, ouch, but I thought it was worth the investment, lol. Thanks Michelle 🙂

  • Leanna
    08/08/2017 at 01:38

    This is really well done. I use to stencils in the 90s and then quit when it started to look dated. These new modern stencils are nice I need to give one with a geometric shape a try.

    • Katrin
      09/08/2017 at 09:17

      I love these stencils, I´ve used them a lot on different projects… and it´s so easy too. Thanks Leanna!

  • Jelica
    06/08/2017 at 19:16

    I love how this turned out! I have three of the same/similar mirrors at home. I bought them at IKEA ages ago and, while I had them hanging in my old apartment, now they sit in the basement of our bungalow, waiting to be upcycled. I think I just found my new upcycling project right here 😉 I really love the tribal stencil you used – it’s right up my alley!

    • Katrin
      07/08/2017 at 11:50

      I´m happy you like it Jelica… I´m sure this one is from Ikea, it looks like it. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Mary
    04/08/2017 at 17:56

    A quick craft idea that really transformed your mirror. You know I always love your arrow projects! It made me laugh when you said that while living in Canada you never visited thrift stores. Do you see how much blogging can change us?

    • Katrin
      07/08/2017 at 11:49

      I know, hey? What is happening, I could have bought almost everything at Goodwill and had a use for most of their stuff, lol!

  • Sam @ Raggedy Bits
    04/08/2017 at 01:54

    Sounds like you had a fun trip Katrin and found lots of goodies along the way! I love the stencil you used on your bargain mirror! It now looks like a million dollars. So clever and creative!

    • Katrin
      04/08/2017 at 09:45

      Thanks so much Sam, yes, the trip was great, but it´s nice to be back home!!

  • Sandra L Garth
    02/08/2017 at 19:41

    I wouldn’t have been able to resist that bargain either! It looks great a backdrop to the bottles you styled around it. Thank you once again for the good wishes you sent for my daughter’s recovery it meant a lot. Thank you also for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

    • Katrin
      03/08/2017 at 10:41

      I´m happy she´s doing better Sandra! Thanks for stopping by and yes, I thought that was a great deal for the frame…. 🙂

  • Ellen
    02/08/2017 at 17:34

    Wonderful find! Stencils are very helpful to the artistically challenged, like myself! In truth, though, it does take a bit of finesse not to smear ( first hand knowledge about that). The use of sharpies is some thing I would not have thought of either. I have a small unfinished picture frame that would be perfect for this project. Just wondering, should I put some sort of topcoat over this for protection? Thank-you for this kreative kraft, that I can manage!

    • Katrin
      03/08/2017 at 10:39

      Stencils are a lot of fun and yes, especially if you don´t feel comfortable with hand drawing or doodling it yourself. About the top coat, I guess you could just put a wax on top maybe… I didn´t put anything on it, I don´t really like the shine wax sometimes leaves behind, and since it´s a frame, not a surface that will be used and might be splattered with stains I didn´t think it was necessary. But you could of course add a top coat to keep it from fading or just to protect the frame. Thanks so much for your feedback Ellen, it´s always welcome and I always look forward to it!

  • Angie ~ ambient wares
    02/08/2017 at 16:21

    This turned out awesome, Katrin! Can you believe I haven’t really stenciled much of anything in my entire life! Lol 😀 I don’t know what’s holding me back. Definitely pinned & sharing!

    • Katrin
      02/08/2017 at 16:54

      Thank you Angie! I love these stencils and how versatile they are! I have been using them over and over throughout the years… Go and have fun stenciling, I´m sure you´ll love it as well!

  • Marjan Hoebeke-Pfaff
    02/08/2017 at 07:57

    About: “Why haven’t I before..?” Three years long I walked by St. Baafs Cathedral in Ghent (Belgium) every day from my place to the univeristy. Never ever did I go inside to have a look at the “Ghent altarpiece” a world-famous masterpiece of medivial art by Jan and Hubertus Van Eyck. People from all over the world come to have a look at it – it never did and I do regret it now. Sigh… Never seem to return to Ghent either… Sigh…
    Have a great day,
    P.S.: Lovely mirror…

    • Katrin
      02/08/2017 at 16:53

      Aww, I hope you will be able to go back one day… Have a great day as well 🙂