How to Paint a Mirror Frame

You can easily give your mirror a new lease on life simply by painting the frame! Clean the mirror frame before you begin painting. Then protect the mirror from the paint either by removing it, using painter’s tape and paper, or with petroleum jelly. Choose either chalk paint or spray paint to apply and make sure that the entire mirror frame is covered. Once you have painted the frame, let it dry fully and remove any protective layering that you added.

EditSteps
EditCleaning the Frame and Protecting the Mirror
Clean the mirror frame to remove any dust. Wipe down the mirror frame with a clean cloth before you begin painting. Make sure to dust any crevices or embellishments on the frame. If the frame is very dusty, use a damp cloth instead to make sure that all of the dirt is removed.[1]
If you used a damp cloth to clean the frame, either let it air-dry or wipe it down with a dry cloth to remove any excess water.

Sand the mirror frame if the old paint is chipping away. It’s best to begin with a smooth, sanded surface so that the new paint can properly adhere to the frame. Use a piece of sandpaper and smooth down any bumps or uneven parts of the old paint to make the surface feel flat.[2]
It doesn’t matter if you remove some of the old paint in the process, as you will be painting over this anyway. All that matters is that the surface is smooth and that the frame is clean.

Remove the mirror from the frame if it’s possible. The easiest way to paint a mirror frame is to take the mirror out before you begin painting. This ensures that the paint can’t damage the mirror itself. Look for small screws on the back of the mirror and unscrew these using a screwdriver. Then lift or slide the mirror out of the frame.[3]
Only some mirrors have a removable frame. If you cannot see any screws or an obvious way to remove the frame, don’t try to force it as you could end up damaging the mirror. There are ways to work around painting the frame if the mirror cannot be removed.

If you really want the mirror to be removed but you cannot see how to do so yourself, take the mirror to a glass shop. It can be professionally removed and refitted once you have completed painting.

Use painter’s tape and paper to protect a larger mirror. Place pieces of paper over the mirror and against the edge of the frame. If the mirror is rounded, use scissors to cut the paper to size. Then, use painter’s tape to hold the paper in place and to cover the edges of the mirror, right next to the frame.[4]
Newspaper or thin cardboard is ideal to use.

Use petroleum jelly to protect a small mirror. Petroleum jelly is ideal to use if the mirror that you are working with is small and it would be too difficult to work with painter’s tape and paper in the small space. Use a cloth to spread a thick layer of petroleum jelly around the edges of the mirror and next to the frame.[5]
The petroleum jelly can easily be rubbed away once you have finished painting, which will also remove any paint that gets on it.

EditApplying the Paint and Removing the Protective Layers
Apply chalk paint to the mirror frame for a vintage-look frame. Use a round paint brush to get the best coverage over the frame. Paint the entire mirror frame and make sure to properly cover any detailing or crevices. Take your time while using the chalk paint to ensure that the frame is fully covered.[6]
Chalk paint has a very smooth finish and will dry relatively quickly. It also has no smell and it is safe to apply in areas that aren’t well-ventilated.[7]
A round brush is the best to use for chalk paint and mirror frames because it helps the paint to properly reach into all of the details.[8]

Use spray paint to cover the mirror frame very quickly. Make sure that you are in a well-ventilated area before you begin painting and that you follow all of the directions on the spray paint can. Hold the spray paint can approximately away from the mirror frame and press down on the trigger to begin releasing the paint. Cover the mirror frame in the paint and make sure that each part of the frame has an even coating.[9]
It can be helpful to lay newspaper or a tarpaulin down underneath the frame before you begin spray painting.

Let the mirror frame dry completely. Make sure that the mirror frame is in a well-ventilated area to help it dry quickly. A layer of chalk paint tends to take approximately 2 hours to dry fully, while a layer of spray paint will take between 10 minutes and 1 hour to dry.[10]
Always follow the recommended drying time on the label of the paint that you are using.

Drying times may differ slightly than what is recommended due to the climate. For example, the paint will take longer to dry in a humid environment.

Add a second coat of paint if necessary and let it dry fully. If the first coat of paint didn’t give the frame the coverage that you were aiming for or if the color isn’t solid enough, apply a second coat. Let the second coat dry fully for at least the same amount of time as the first.[11]

Wipe away the petroleum jelly from the mirror if you used it. Once the frame is completely dry, use a paper towel to remove the petroleum jelly from the mirror. If there is any petroleum jelly residue left on the mirror, use a clean cloth and glass cleaner to wipe this away.[12]
Any paint that is on the petroleum jelly on the mirror will simply be wiped away with the paper towel.

Remove the painter’s tape and paper if necessary. If you used painter’s tape and paper to protect the mirror, this can be removed once the paint is fully dry. Simply peel the painter’s tape off the frame to remove the paper.[13]

Place the mirror back into the frame if you removed it. Once the frame is dry, rest it face down on a flat surface and place the mirror back into the frame. Use a screwdriver to replace any screws that you had to remove.[14]
If a professional glass shop removed the mirror, you will have to return to get the mirror placed back into the frame.

Finished.

EditWarnings
Always protect the mirror before you paint the frame, otherwise, it’s very easy for the mirror to get damaged by the paint.

EditThings You’ll Need
Clean cloth

Sandpaper

Screwdriver

Painter’s tape

Paper, newspaper, or thin cardboard

Petroleum jelly

Chalk paint

Round paint brush

Spray paint

Paper towels

Glass cleaner

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Today in History for 9th February 2019

Historical Events

1788 – Austria declares war on Russia
1913 – -18] 10 Day Tragedy of Mexico-City; 3,000 die
1947 – Bank robber Willie Sutton escapes jail in Philadelphia
1966 – Dow-Jones Index hits record 995 points
2014 – Switzerland votes to return immigration quotas
2014 – Australian National University scientists discover the oldest known star at 13.6 billion years old

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Famous Birthdays

1891 – Pietro Nenni, Italian socialist/minister of foreign affairs (1946-47)
1971 – Pat O’Neill, NFL punter/place kicker (NE Patriots)
1972 – Jason George, actor (Michael Bourre-Sunset Beach)
1974 – John Wallace, NBA forward (Toronto Raptors)
1976 – Charlie Day, American actor
1984 – Han Kyung, Korean singer Super Junior

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Famous Deaths

1960 – Ernő Dohnányi, Hungarian composer and conductor, dies at 82
1966 – Sophie Tucker [Kalish] “last of the red hot mammas”, Russian-born American singer/actress (My Yiddish Mama), dies at 79
1994 – Arnold Smith, British 1st Secretary-General of Commonwealth (1965-75), dies at 79
1997 – Barry Evans, actor (Dr Upton-Dr in the House), dies at 53
2001 – Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
2008 – Scott Halpin, a one time drummer of The Who.

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How to Relax Before an Interview

Let’s face it, interviews are inherently stressful. When you feel anxious, your body releases stress hormones like epinephrine and cortisol, which can make it more difficult for you to think clearly and perform well in your interview.[1] There are a variety of things you can do to help yourself relax leading up to an interview, which will not only help you stay calm, cool, and collected, but will also help you think more clearly, feel more confident, and give you a better chance of acing your interview questions!

EditSteps
EditCalming Yourself Down
Close your eyes and try to clear your mind. Don’t think about your interview or the stress you’re under. Focus instead on how you’re feeling physically, and let your mind go as blank as possible for a few moments.[2]
It’s best to do this in a quiet place, although you can practice focusing on your breathing just about anywhere.

You can even do this exercise in the waiting room just before your interview, although you may not want to close your eyes.

Breathe slowly, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Avoid shallow breathing as much as you can, keeping your eyes closed. You don’t want to just fill your chest with air, but feel the air going in through your nose and all the way down into your belly.[3]
It may take several minutes for your breathing to slow down and become steady.

If you’re having trouble breathing deeply, it can be helpful to mentally count to 5 with each inhale (making sure you’re intake of air lasts the full 5 seconds), and count another 5 with each exhale.

Listen to your favorite music to help you calm down. Go for something soothing or uplifting to ensure you’re in a good headspace right before the interview. Avoid anything melancholy and opt for inspiring tunes that fill your head with positive energy and excitement.[4]
You can also listen to podcasts or speeches that inspire you.

Stand up straight for a confidence boost. Staying aware of your posture will immediately help you appear more confident and relaxed, even if you aren’t feeling that way inside. Stand or sit up straight, lift your chin, and keep your head level to achieve a power pose. Remember to keep your arms loose and at your sides.[5]
Try to avoid crossing your arms, which can create a negative vibe.

Arrive to the interview early. Being in a rush will only make you feel more frazzled, so plan to arrive early. You don’t necessarily even have to go into the building early, but it helps to already be there. Try to avoid showing up to the interview itself more than 10 minutes early, since this may cause your interviewer to feel pressured.[6]

EditGiving Yourself a Pep Talk
Find a quiet place where you can speak to yourself out loud. Make sure you feel confident that no one can hear you. You want to be able to speak in a confident and full voice, if possible.
Stand in front of a mirror, if you can find one in a place where you can be alone. Looking into a mirror will allow you to speak directly to yourself.[7]

Address yourself by name, as if you were talking to someone else. Distance yourself from the stress and self-doubt you’re feeling about your interview by talking to yourself as you would a friend or family member.[8]
If you don’t feel comfortable addressing yourself by name, try to use the word “you” as opposed to “I” and “me.”

Explain to yourself that you are prepared and qualified for the position. Remind yourself that you are capable and well-prepared. Saying this aloud to yourself will help make it real in your mind. Whether you’re interviewing for a job or other position, remind yourself why you are a good candidate, and why choosing you would be a good decision for your interviewer and their organization.[9]
Remember to speak aloud, in as confident and strong a voice as you can conjure.

Remind yourself of past successes. List the things you’re proud of that you’ve done in the past, out loud. If there are any specific accomplishments that you are especially proud of, focus on those, telling yourself how well you did. Remind yourself that you are the same person who accomplished those things, and you’re just as capable now as you were during those times.[10]

Tell yourself that it is only an interview. Remind yourself that there will be other opportunities if you don’t get this one. Saying it out loud will help reaffirm this in your mind and give you a sense of perspective, as if someone else were saying it to you.[11]
It can also help to remind yourself that it’s okay to be nervous, and that most people experience stress before a job interview. Try saying “It’s only an interview, and it’s only nerves.”

Say “I will do well” and “I can do this” to yourself. Repeat these phrases as many times as you need to in order to believe them.[12] Remember to breathe deeply as you speak, and try to put as much strength and confidence behind your words as you can.

EditVisualizing a Successful Interview
Get into a comfortable position, either sitting or lying still. Get situated in a quiet place where you’re not likely to be disturbed for 5-10 minutes, or even longer if possible. Allow the muscles in your body to relax.[13]
If time and convenience allow, it’s best to do this in comfortable clothes that are not restrictive.

Take 5 deep breaths and close your eyes, letting your mind relax. Don’t think about the interview for a few moments, if you can. Clear your mind of all the details you’re worried about, and focus on breathing as deeply as possible.
If it takes more than 5 deep breaths to get comfortable, take the extra time you need and focus only on your breathing for longer.[14]

Imagine being in the waiting room, experiencing the sights and sounds. Focus your mind on your interview once you’re comfortable and you’ve tried to empty your mind of anxiety. Keep your eyes closed, and try to experience the environment of the waiting room.
The image of yourself in the waiting room should be as sensory as possible. Rather than thinking about your nerves and/or going over the questions you may be asked, picture the clothes you’re wearing, how you’re sitting, and the room around you. Are there other people in the room? What do they look like? Is the chair you’re sitting on comfortable?[15]

Picture the interviewer coming out to greet you and shaking their hand. Imagine them warmly smiling at you as you shake their hand with confidence and introduce yourself. If you know who your interviewer will be, picture their face and clothes, and the tone in their voice as they welcome you to the interview. [16]

Visualize yourself walking into the room and sitting down confidently. Once again, picture the sensory details of the room. Imagine the color of the walls, the interviewer’s desk, and what position you’re sitting in.
Try not to think of yourself as a passive observer. Don’t just picture what the interviewer will say to you as you sit down, but how you will respond, confident that you’re a good candidate and well-prepared.[17]

Think of the questions you’ll be asked and answer them in your mind. Visualize success. Imagine yourself confidently answering each question with a smile, as the conversation flows naturally. You feel strong, proud of your accomplishments, and prepared for each question you’re asked. [18]
As you visualize your interview, think of the interviewer as an ally, rather than a foe. They’re not trying catch you with a question you’re not prepared for, and they’re engaged and interested in your answers.

Envision yourself leaving the interview, telling yourself that it went well. Picture yourself thanking the interviewer for their time as you stand up, shake their hand, and exit the room as confidently as you walked in. You’ve done what you set out to do. The interview went well and the interviewer’s decision is out of your hands. [19]
If you’re alone, saying “That went well” or “I did a good job” out loud can help your mind and body process the exercise and experience the feeling of contentment and success.

EditPreparing Yourself before the Interview
Research the company ahead of time. You probably aren’t going to be able to relax properly before the interview until you feel prepared for it! Run a quick search online and familiarize yourself with the company. Check out their website, learn about their services and products, find out their mission statement, and read any recent press releases.[20]
Try to incorporate this knowledge into your answers during the interview. For example, you can talk about how you’re impressed by a certain product or the company’s overall culture.

It can also help to reread the job listing so that you have a full understanding of what the position entails.

Stage a practice interview and rehearse some of your answers. You can’t know for sure what you’ll be asked during the interview, but it’s safe to assume that you’ll be asked about your previous experience and why you think you’re a good fit for the position. Ask a friend or family member to help you stage a mock interview so that you can practice what you want to say and how you want to say it.[21]
Come up with a list of possible questions so that you can prepare for them. You can also go over your resume and try to anticipate what your potential employer will ask you about.[22]

Aim for a natural, conversational tone while you practice. Be sure to work on answers that feel conversational and natural. You definitely don’t want to give the impression that you’re reciting something that you’ve memorized. Try to remember that at the end of the day, you’re having a conversation with someone about your career. Look them in the eye, speak confidently, and smile.[23]
Remember that an interview isn’t one-sided–you should prepare some friendly questions, as well.

Get plenty of rest the night before the interview. You don’t want to look or seem tired during a job interview, so it definitely helps to be well-rested. At the very least, get a full night’s sleep the evening before the interview. If possible, get extra rest for several days before the interview. Being well-rested ensures that you’ll be able to think clearly and be at the top of your game.[24]

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