Anthropologie Inspired Vintage Dissolved Mirror


Jos and I have recently fallen in love with the gorgeous Dissolved lace mirrors over at Anthropologie. However we did not love the price tag. Here's the $2000 version..
So, we did what any self respecting DIY'er would do, we went to the thrift store. Below we will walk you through how to make your own Vintage Dissolved Mirror Iron Orchid Style! Remember, you don't have to sacrifice sophisticated design when you DIY, it's simply the best of both worlds; creativity AND design.
anthropology inspired vintage dissolved mirror, home decor
Step 1. Start with a frame that includes the glass ( this will become your mirror). Remove the glass and clean well.
anthropology inspired vintage dissolved mirror, home decor
Step 2. Cut triangles of the same size and shape to create a mask that helps to make clean mitered corners.
anthropology inspired vintage dissolved mirror, home decor
Step 3. We used the Iron Orchid Designs Decor stamps to create our design because they're specifically scaled for decor. You won't find a stamp that works quite as well for decor, though you can use any stamp for this project. Choose a border style design and mount the stamp on a stamp block. We used our Decor stamp block because it matches the scale of our stamps and has an easy to use ergonomic handle.
anthropology inspired vintage dissolved mirror, home decor
Step 4. Pour your chalk style paint onto a flat surface such as an acrylic sheet and then load up a roller.
anthropology inspired vintage dissolved mirror, home decor
Step 5. apply the paint to your border stamp and then stamp your glass.
anthropology inspired vintage dissolved mirror, home decor
Your glass will look something like this
anthropology inspired vintage dissolved mirror, home decor
Step 6. after the two sides are dry, flip your mask and do the other two sides.
anthropology inspired vintage dissolved mirror, home decor
Step 7. One thing we love about how we designed our stamp sets is that each set has a myriad of combination possibilities! We chose this large paisley to compliment the border design.
anthropology inspired vintage dissolved mirror, home decor
Step 8. Once the whole stamped design is dry, spritz it all with a solution of 50/50 water and white vinegar allowing spatters to occur. ( this adds to the vintage texture) , apply one thin coat of the "Looking Glass" spray by Krylon. little blisters will occur where the vinegar water splattered. lightly dab those. Repeat those two steps one more time before moving to step 9.
anthropology inspired vintage dissolved mirror, home decor
Step 9. Use the rough side of a sponge to very lightly scuff the surface.
anthropology inspired vintage dissolved mirror, home decor
Step 10. Spray over the entire design with matte black spray paint. We used Krylon, but any matte black spray paint will do.
anthropology inspired vintage dissolved mirror, home decor
anthropology inspired vintage dissolved mirror, home decor
We hope you enjoyed our tutorial, be sure to tune in for a live demonstration on the Hometalk Facebook page on 1/4/17 at 1pm EST!
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  • Sharon Smith
    on Feb 28, 2018

    Is there a way to add a photo to so it looks like the photo dissolved mirror? Like a picture of grandparents from years gone by / as it could have been they mirror.
    • Terri
      on May 22, 2018

      Mask off the area your photo would use and spray with the black , then add your photo.

  • Tessa
    on Feb 28, 2018

    Am I understanding correctly that you spray the back of the glass with Looking Glass paint, let dry, then spray the back with the black paint? Thank you!

    • Annie
      on Feb 28, 2018

      When I did a similar mirror I painted the backing board of the picture black and inserted that back into the frame after putting in the stenciled and sprayed glass

  • Laz25461882
    on Feb 21, 2019

    Do you make these custom to buy (if I wanted to have a similar dissolved lace mirror but didn't have time to make it myself?)?

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