I gave an old mirror a bargain upgrade – it was so worth it, even if it looks like I attacked Tinkerbell in my kitchen | The Sun

A PAIR of DIY pros have revealed how they gave an antique mirror a modern upgrade on a tiny budget – and people can’t believe how good it looks. 

Paul and George took to TikTok to share how they upcycled their thrifty find using pink leaf – and now people are vowing to follow in their footsteps.

Although they suggested this craft is not for the faint-hearted as they confessed their kitchen is still covered in pink dust.  

Known online as @oshutthefrontdoor, the pair regularly share interior design inspiration and DIY tips with their 1,400 followers. 

In a new reel, they said: “We bought this mirror from an antique shop. Cost about a tenner but needed a bit of a zhuzh. 

“We had to start by masking up the glass because we don’t want to paint that, and then I used gilding paste on the frame. 


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“It’s gone a bit foamy, I’m still not sure why that happened. 

“I bet you're wondering what colour it’s going to be though… oooh pink. Course it is. 

“As you can see, I wasn’t particularly good at building the first layer so I ended up pressing a lot of it in which seemed to work fine. 

“Then I ran out of pink leaf and bought some more, but it’s the wrong pink which you can probably see but I clearly couldn’t here. 

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“I seem to get it after a couple of layers and putting a third layer on to get rid of the wrong pink, and then I used a soft brush to brush it away which caused so much mess that my kitchen still looks like I’ve murdered Tinkerbell. 

“Then I gave it a little varnish. Using spray varnish almost gave me heart failure but that’s another story for another time. 

“Then it was time to rip off the paper that was protecting the glass and voila!

“Here it is in all its glory! Gorgeous.”

Shoppers can grab pink leaf sheets from various retailers, including Amazon, with prices starting at just £12.35.

The online retailer also stocks varnish, costing just £7.40, while The Range offers gilding paste, currently reduced to just £2.

Fans loved his quick upcycle, with the video gaining more than 2,200 likes and 35,900 views. 

In the comments, TikTokkers shared their reactions, with one writing: “Beautiful, didn’t know you could get leaf in different colours.”

“The Mirror was a tenner? That was a damn lucky find,” commented another. 

The content creator replied: “I rarely find a bargain but this was definitely a barrrrrgain!!!”

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A third added: “OMG that looks so fanfreakintastic!!”

Someone else put: “Immediately Google’s where to buy pink leaf… it’s fab.”

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