Here is the frame before, with the beautiful artwork that it came with:
And since I was so enjoying painting outside on the balcony, I forgot to take a true before picture of the mirror. So here's a "just after I started painting" picture:
The gold frame took several coats and sanding between coats to make it look the way I wanted. The mirror was much easier.
The gold frame is in the middle in the picture below. I put a picture of my dad and his wife, my sister and I from my dads wedding last summer.
And the mirror:
It's really hard to get a good picture of a mirror!
This just shows how easy it is to take cheap frames from thrift stores and make them into something you'd be proud to display!