Personalizing a Mirror

6 Materials
$20
2 Hours
Easy
I had this old mirror from Ikea and wanted to make it a little more special for my kids, so I decided to make some quick changes that they would enjoy.
Here is the original mirror. I got it from Ikea and I think it was originally about $10. The frame is a very cheap, black plastic. I popped out the mirror and laid the frame on a surface outside.
i had these two cans of left-over spray paint. I started by spraying a full layer of silver over the black plastic.
I gave that an hour to dry then did a lighter spray with gold over the silver. I wanted some silver flecks to show through to give it a little more sparkle.
i let that dry then coated it with a layer of spray on epoxy to seal it. Once it dried, this was the new look.
I also wanted to do something to the mirror. I decided etching the glass to look like swirling, creeping vines growing in from the baroque frame towards the face of the person looking it. I laid on contact paper over the mirror And drew a general idea of what I wanted.
I cut out the parts I didn’t want.
Then painted glass etching cream onto the exposed mirror. Then I waited for 15 minutes to get a deep etch.
Then I washed it all off and used some windex to clean the glass.
Then I popped the mirror back into the frame. The etching didn’t come out exactly how I thought it would and I might recommend getting a specific stencil to make sure you get the look you want. Nonetheless, my kids thought it was beautiful and want me to hang it up in their room. Here’s the final image of both pieces back together.
Next, I used some pins of flowers with jewels on them. Using a hot glue gun, I attached them to the mirror frame.
And here’s the final project:

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  • Dr.30069105 Dr.30069105 on Jun 05, 2018

    Spray on epoxy? All I could find was colored -- where do you get clear? (I'm assuming that's what you used.)

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