Saturday, January 29, 2011

Vintage Inspired Mirror Tutorial

This vintage inspired mirror is fantastically easy to make and uses few materials.  IMG_7936

What you will need: An old mirror that needs reworking (a photo frame would work beautifully as well) with a border or at least three inches, lace, metallic gold spray paint, painters tape, newspaper, and coarse sandpaper (I used 60 grit).                  
       **Note: my mirror had a blue frame to begin with.  If you want a colored base be sure to paint the border the previous day.
Step One: Use the sandpaper to create texture.  Be sure to sand in all different directions to attain a worn out look.  Press hard and don't be afraid to remove any existing paint. 

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Step Two: Cover the mirror (or glass if you're working with a frame) with newspaper completely and hold into place with painters tape.
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Step Three: Place the lace over top of the mirror.  Be sure your pattern is straight.  Loosely tuck the excess lace under the mirror. 

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Step Four: Spray paint the border gold.  Be sure to get the edges and corners.  To achieve an imperfect look, focus on a few areas and apply extra spray paint from all angles. 

Step Five: Let set for about twenties minutes and then remove the lace.  Be very careful- the paint will still be wet.

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Step Six: Let your project dry for a couple of hours then remove the tape and newspaper.  Hang up your hand made craft and enjoy.

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18 comments:

Lace n Coffee said...

This is an excellent tutorial.

Carys said...

Lovely!! What a nice idea.
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

Kavery said...

Never dreamed of using lace for this look but the result is so pretty. Nice tutorial

Nells said...

omg!!!unbelievable transformation!

UNA CENICIENTA MODERNA said...

Lovely tutorial, but I´m not very talented hehehe
Xxx


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Nnenna said...

This is a fabulous DIY- the mirror looks amazing!

Poetry of the Day said...

this is awesome

asha said...

This looks awesome- what a great idea!

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

Ohh this is so pretty! x hivennn.

Gawgus things... said...

Oh wow! This is so gorgeous and so simple! Thanks for sharing this, will have to have a go.. :)

Angga said...

Great tutorial!! that mirror look so nice!!!
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Shoe said...

Jenni wow, you are super artistic. It looks great!

Thank you for your lovely, warming comment. I'm really happy that you get to be with your husband and kitties! It's great to be surrounded by loved ones!

Fashion Me Chic said...

Great DIY tips and great end results.
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joelle van dyne said...

wow i LOVE this idea, thanks for the tutorial! it came out beautifully.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

What a fabulous DIY! You make it look so easy. :) That mirror is gorgeous. Great job! xo

rebecca said...

oh, i love this! it looks just like gold leaf (:

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Fashionable Rose said...

this is so cool!! i used this effect as well but on a fabric! the result is great!!

Sydney, The Rabbit-Hearted Girl said...

this tutorial is amazing. i can't wait until i have my own place again, when i do, i'm absolutely doing this! <3