I found a cute, ornate frame yard saling last summer and finally gave it a boost of colour! Emphasis on finally. Using a small paintbrush, I primed it first, then applied three coats of a pale, pale turquoise (the same paint I used for the framed bakelite brooches). It took a little bit of patience to work the paint into all of the grooves, but it was a 90s weekend on Live 88.5 so I was content to sit, paint and sing along to my favorite songs. Ahhh, the 90s. Spray paint would make this task a little easier, but I started tackling this project when it was still too cold to paint outside (never mind I recently spray painted inside, which I strongly advise against doing).
Unfortunately, my attempts to simply tape off the frame were ultimately unsuccessful because you could see the underside of the frame reflected in the glass. Oops. So, I quickly took it apart, painted the back and inner edge of the frame, then put it back together. I am too darn lazy.
Now for the fun part! I was inspired by this image I saw on Pinterest:
I ordered a custom stencil from Stencils Online with the same message. They create amazing custom stencils and are super DIY savvy. It made me feel really confident that everyone was excited about my ideas (including my next stencil project). They provided me with proofs, offering me a variety of options and making sure I was 100% happy during the entire process (sorry, had to hide the details on project #2). Once I was happy, I was sent two durable, polyester film (Mylar) custom stencils.
I used a spray adhesive to keep the stencil from slipping once it was positioned in place, but it wasn't smooth sailing. I tried rolling on plain old latex paint but the mirror was too slippery and the paint wouldn't grip so it oozed a little. After a few attempts (what's the definition of insane again?) I turned to spray paint. I covered everything but the stencil with newspaper and then I lightly misted the stencil with thin, even coats of Krylon Primer (leftover from these play kitchen projects). I figured primer would grip the best. And it worked!
It kind of looks like it has been etched, no?
It looks more faded in the photos above because I took them at an angle to avoid getting yours truly in the shot. Do you have any idea how darn hard it is to photograph a mirror? It looks awesome in real life, I promise.
Now I have a cool "new" mirror, with a feminist twist! And my penchant for ornate mirrors has now blossomed into a full-blown obsession! Remember my DIY magnetic message board, card display and vintage framed bakelite brooches? I need a support group.
If you're thinking of doing a project with custom stencils, alphabet stencils or decorative lettering, I highly recommend Stencils Online because their customer service, pricing and product can't be beat! I hate to be so gushy but I have a second project on the go with a custom stencil from Stencils Online, and I wouldn't work with a company twice unless I was totally smitten. They definitely get the Dans le Townhouse stamp of approval.
P.S. I'm linking up here: Polly Want a Crafter?, Be Colourful, Keeping it Simple, DIY Home Sweet Home, C.R.A.F.T., Living Savvy's Color My World Link Party, Pawleys Island Posh Color My World Link Party,
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