I am so excited to share one of my latest home décor projects with you. I am really happy with how this one turned out. I have seen these fun “antiqued” mirrors in quite a few places on the internet recently, but saw it them when my friend Mandi from Vintage Revivals shared some that she made for a Crafting with the Stars competition. I have wanted to make one ever since. My Dad was recently going through some of his old stuff and asked me if I wanted this old mirror. Ummmm…yes please! It was perfect for what I had in mind.
I took the mirror apart by removing the backing and the frame. I set the mirror aside and took the empty frame and cleaned it up with a damp cloth. Then I spray painted the frame with some white Krylon Semi-Gloss Spray Paint. The frame needed two coats. Be sure to let the paint dry between each coat and then let dry for several hours before touching or moving your frame
Then I took the mirror outside and placed it on a thick layer of newspaper. You need to remove the layer of paint that is on the back of the mirror to get to the reflective coating on the back of the mirror (which gives the glass it’s mirror reflection). I put the stripper into a spray bottle so that I could easily spray it onto the back of the mirror.
**Important—When working with paint thinner you should always wear some protective gloves for your hands and protective eyewear! You can also find some regulations for using Paint Strippers here.
Spray the stripper so that every surface of the mirror is covered and let it sit for several minutes. Let the paint stripper do the work for you.
You will see when the paint is ready to be scraped off when the paint is all bubbled up.
Then take a putty knife or a scraper and scrape the paint off of the entire mirror. There may be a few spots on the back of the mirror that the paint does not come completely off. I was not too concerned about these areas because I wanted an antique look. I scraped the back of the mirror clean and carefully gathered up all the paint strippings and disposed of them according to the directions on the can.
I followed the directions found here from HGTV Making a Distressed Mirror if you are interested in the full process.
I wanted to put a fun patterned material behind the glass mirror. So that you could see the pattern in the areas that the mirror had been worn away by the acid. So I took this fun Cutting Edge Damask Stencil in the Anna style and made my own patterned fabric.
I bought some minky soft buttery yellow fabric and stenciled white paint directly onto it. I used this great stencil paint in white from DecoArt.
I was really happy with how it turned out. And I love the texture it adds to the mirror.
I cut the fabric so that it fit the mirror perfectly. Then I took this lovely vinyl lettering that I was given from Ten 23. I selected the saying “Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful”. Don’t you just love that? I ordered it in a white vinyl because I wanted a very classy, fresh and subtle look to the overall finished mirror.
I carefully measured it and centered it and then with my husband’s help applied the vinyl lettering to the front of the mirror.
Then I took some clear Silicone and applied a thin layer to the inside of the mirror frame. Don’t do too much or you will have the Silicone oozing everywhere on the front of your mirror which will not be too pretty.
Gently place the mirror into the frame. Have someone help hold up the mirror so that it is still laying flat and get under the mirror and check for any silicone that may have seeped over the edges and onto the front of the mirror. Gently wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Then I attached the fabric to the back of the frame with a staple gun (I forgot to take a picture of this part). Then I screwed the back of the mirror which I had originally removed onto the frame.
Then I scuffed up the frame so that it looked a bit distressed to match the overall feel of the antiqued mirror. I used this handy dandy sanding bug from Rockler.
This has come in handy on several of my home décor and remodeling projects!
Then I hung it in my daughter’s room. This has been one of my absolute favorite projects. I just love how it turned out. It was super easy to make and fairly inexpensive. And it looks like something that would cost some big bucks if you were to buy it in a boutique. Ahhhh! I love how it turned out! What do you think?