There was a reason why, in days gone by, people used iron skillets to cook. They were inexpensive, made food taste delicious, and were ideal for cooking on the stove or even in the oven. New, supposedly better skillets have been invented and many people have forsaken their old iron skillets for a Teflon or other type. If you fall into that category, and you have old iron skillets you don’t use, why not turn them into beautiful and unique décor pieces for your kitchen? You’ll create a distinctive look for only a few bucks!
You’ll find a variety of round mirrors at most any craft store and one of these is exactly what you need to make the new skillet mirror. The craft store mirrors have no frames and are simply glued to the project you’re making. Know ahead of time what size skillet you’ll use to make the mirror so you can choose a round mirror that will fit perfectly in the skillet. The mirrors come in sizes from small to large but can vary by inches in size. Usually, they climb in sizes by two inches or more, so purchase the largest mirror that will fit inside the skillet. If your skillet is 15″ in diameter, for example, and you can’t find a 15″ mirror, purchase a 14″ or even a 12″ mirror.
Although you can glue the mirror in the clean skillet and hang it on the wall you’ll create a much more impressive piece if you first paint the skillet. Purchase paint that is touted as being especially for metals if you want the paint to adhere for many years. Other paints will cover the skillet but you’ll notice peeling in no time. It might be necessary to spray the skillet more than once to get the coverage and the shade you want. Painting the skillet makes it easy to coordinate it with the rest of the kitchen.
You can use most any adhesive to attach the mirror to the inside bottom of the skillet. If the mirror is slightly smaller than the skillet be sure to center it so that you have the same distance, from mirror to skillet, all the way around. When the mirror is permanently attached to the skillet you can simply hang it.
Create different looks by what you do to the skillets and how you arrange them on a wall. If the mirror is slightly smaller than the skillet you can encircle the mirror, inside the pan, with a length of roping or braided cord. Make one large and two small mirrors to create a wall grouping. Tie a country-theme ribbon and bow around the handle of the skillet for a totally different appearance. The new skillet mirror truly accents the whole kitchen and lends it a little more country charm.