Mirror (pick based on desired size of tray)
Black paint (regular latex will work fine)
Sponge on stick (one large one will be easiest)
Nitrile gloves (for working with chemicals)
I picked up a cool oval mirror at Big Lots for $25. It had an antique restoration hardware look I thought would be perfect for my brother and sister in laws apartment. It was a pretty large mirror, but I figured that would work perfectly for a tray.
To start out, I pulled all the pieces of the mirror apart (pretty simple, since it just required a drill to remove the back screws). I now had a backing, a frame, and a mirror.
To start, I picked up drawer pulls (similar, exact ones not shown online) for $6. I also got Paint Stripper for $10 and Muriatic Acid for $7, along with a spray bottle for $3.77. Adding some black paint for $0.50 I was in and out for less than $30.
To start, I drilled small holes using the 5/8" drill bit in the sides of my mirror, lining them up with the drawer pulls. I then drilled the screws through the holes, securing them in the drawer pulls until they were tight.
Next, I used the paint thinner to remove the paint on the back of the mirror. It took me a couple of passes with a paint brush and the thinner to get everything off. Be careful with this stuff and wear gloves - I accidentally got some on my arm and it burned! Thankfully, with some intense rinsing with soap and water I got it off my skin.
Next, once the mirror is dry and all paint is removed, I rinsed it in the sink to remove any excess paint flakes. I then took it outside and placed it on a towel with the previously painted side facing up. I carefully poured the muriatic acid into the spray bottle (wear gloves and safety glasses for this) and then sprayed the acid onto the mirror. I realized that since I used a "safer" version, I had to spray all over the mirror, wipe with paper towels, and then spray again. I also had to let the second spray sit for an hour to get it to work.
Once the acid had removed the mirror finish, I took it in the yard and rinsed it off with water, then dried with a towel. Last, I painted the entire back with the black paint. Other tutorials said to only paint the exposed spots with black paint, then spray paint the rest but I thought this was a more affordable option that worked just the same.
Once dry, I put the mirror back into the frame and replaced the back. Project completed for less than $60! If I'd had more time I might have also considered putting an "A" on the front or the couple's initials - helpful tutorial here.