Wednesday, July 7, 2010

DIY: Frosted Mirror

Images from Artful Illusions.
Fun ideas using etching cream or spray frosting for mirrors...

  • An easy way to make a silhouette is to take a picture and print it out in black and white.
  • Tape your image to contact paper.
  • Using an Exacto knife, carefully cut around the perimeter of the design. This takes a little time, so go slowly.

  • Place your stencil or image on the mirror (the contact paper will stick to the mirror).
  • Paint on the frosting medium according to the directions. Spray frosting (purchase at home improvement stores) seems to be an easier method - depending on what you are etching.
  • After the allotted time, wipe the glass frosting from the stencil.
  • Peel the stencil off the mirror.
  • There is a waiting period to clean the mirror with glass cleaning product.
For more fun ideas check out Artful Illusions.

A quote is another way to get a great result using frosting on a mirror. House Obsession used stickers to make her quote on the mirror.

Use etching cream per directions.

House Obsessions suggests waiting for at least 5 minutes for etching to work and to put a thick layer of etching cream on. More details here.

What do you do with those old mirrored brass closet doors? Images from here.
The door trim has been resurfaced to stainless and frosted window tint was added to the mirrors.

Result: updated mirrors with a modern look. This is definitely a great look - just make sure you don't need to use the mirror!

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