How do I make the coral pop in my floating frame?? (See pic )

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Hi everyone!

I could use some ideas... I have a beautiful floating frame for my daughter’s reading corner (see pic attached). However, the coral lettering doesn’t pop very well. I should’ve had it done in white. What are some ways that I could make it pop now? I was thinking painting the glass white in a distressed look or glass etching product or modge podge, but not sure how well either of those will look. Thoughts? Helpful suggestions?

q how do i make the coral pop in my floating frame see pic
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  • Jaswan Jaswan on Jul 30, 2018

    Cover back with faux mercury glass- it will look fantastic- how tos on Pinterest or youtube

    basically you need spray paint for mirror effect and spray bottle and alcohol

  • Jenny Evon Jenny Evon on Jul 30, 2018

    Cover and mask the glass, paint or spray paint frame. Cut and place a color or wallpaper behind the glass. A picture of your child reading would be great!

    • Lisa Lisa on Jul 30, 2018

      I want to do something with the glass specifically. I don't want to change the frame

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Jul 30, 2018
    Without damaging or changing the glass, and keeping the floating effect, you could add a 'backing' by gluing something to the wall side of the frame. A soft design on fabric would work or, depending on the size of this, possibly a large piece of textured mat board or even scrapbook paper.

    • Lisa Lisa on Jul 30, 2018

      I've thought about this! But I want some of the glass to still show, how could I do that?


  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 30, 2018

    I think the glare is adding to the problem. I would just add unpatterned wallpaper, scrapbook paper or fabric to the back like some have suggested instead of backpainting, in case you change your mind later. You could probably just insert it or if necessary, adhere it with a repositionable spray glue.

    Unfortunately, coral like orange, is one of the worst colours for legibility. It is like making a PowerPoint or a Google Presentation, orange/coral on aqua is hard to read. It is very pretty though.


    The other option would be to add a bit of white to your wall colour and paint a square behind it, so it will still be aqua, but there will be more contrast...or paint a white square, but then you can't move it.

    • Rhonda S Rhonda S on Jul 30, 2018
      I think this is a good option. If she takes a black and white photo of the existing combination she will see that the tones are nearly identical even though the colors are opposites on the color wheel. I wonder if outlining the existing letters in white or possibly in black would have an enhancing effect. It could possibly make the letters appear more 3D if she used the lighter turquoise as you suggested.

  • Teacup8885 Teacup8885 on Jul 30, 2018

    Maybe get some chrome/metallic glass paint n outline each letter or if u can get the phrase in metailc/chrome, maybe off set n place over top of phrase!?

  • William William on Jul 30, 2018
    I think it's not the coral but the wall color. How about gluing, stapling, double stick taping some white foam board to the back of the frame. The letters would still be floating. You can even add pieces of faom on the corners of the frame for more distance on the foam board.

  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Jul 31, 2018

    Hi Lisa. The project looks nice.

    Ever observed a vintage Coca Cola Bottle up close? These pop. [Yeah, pun intended, sorry] just shake the mirror like you would a soda pop ;)


    No, seriously, if you look close They use a thin gray and black layer around letters to yeild a 3D effect just like the buttons in Windows 98 used to do. So to do this 3D effect outward at you to the left, you use Gray at the north and west, with Black south and east. To make it look inset or etched to the right, reverse that color scheme. To make it pop out to the right use gray at north and east with Black South and west. To make it look etched to the right reverse that color scheme.


    Try it on transparent tape by moving your stencil a bit, get a hang of it, before you apply it permanently on glass rather than on transparent tape.

  • Ana Bacallao Ana Bacallao on Aug 28, 2018

    I just had a thought that may or may not work but won't cost you anything to try. Cut a piece of waxed paper to fit the back of the glass. See if this changes the effect in any way without totally opaquing the glass. Worth a try.

  • Caseyem11 Caseyem11 on Sep 03, 2018

    I would back it with white paper.