How to Create Your Own Decor {DIY Painted Mirror}

One of the things that I love about my mother-in-law is that she is the best garage sale shopper.  She always finds the coolest pieces that have good bones, and knows the difference between a great find and a piece of you-know-what.  When we moved into our first home two years ago, she brought down a slew of amazing pieces to help decorate the empty spaces that come when moving from a 1-bedroom apartment to a 4-bedroom house.

One of my favorite items was this mirror, which has graced my mantle for the past year and a half.  It’s a great mirror, but it was ready for an update.

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I scanned through my Pinterest board (le duh) and came upon this beauty:

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Now, I studied French for 5 years, and the idea of painting something en français was extremely appealing to me.  However, if you’ve been to my house, there’s a chance I have a few too many “Paris-themed” items…  I might be borderline obsessed with France.  So, I decided to go with my second love: C.S. Lewis.

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

I mean, how perf is that for a mirror quote?  So reflective. (<< mirror pun)

And here’s the finished product!

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Want to know how I did it?  Here’s the step-by-step.

Supplies:

  • Garage sale mirror [the uglier, the better — the before/after picture will be amazing! 😉 ]
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (old white color) — you can buy this at Bungalow Antiques in the Agoura Antique Market!

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  • Paintbrush
  • Foam craft brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Black paint (one that is okay to use on glass — I used Martha Stewart, because helloooo, it’s Martha!)

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  • Letter stencils (again, went with Martha on this one)

1. Wipe down the frame with a barely damp cloth, and clean the mirror portion with glass cleaner

2. Tape off the mirrored portion (worth the time spent — just do it!)

3. Paint chalk paint over entire frame of the mirror.  Use alternating strokes, and don’t worry about perfection [a.k.a. my favorite part about chalk paint]

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4. Choose your quote [make it a good one — and if it’s in another language, you better cross-check your translation, like, 5 times.]

5. Remove the tape caaaaarefully, and let everything dry completely.

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6. Using your foam craft brush, stencil your letters onto the mirror’s surface.  Don’t get too cray cray about spacing, unless you’re into that sorta thing.

I wanted mine to look asymmetrical (or did it just happen that way? umm. I’ll let you decide.) so I didn’t get too neurotic with measuring and spacing.  Don’t stress if the paint gets outside the lines of the stencil — it will look extra Parisian that way! (<< things I tell myself when I make a mistake crafting)

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Ta-da!

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I think it looks pretty nice up there on the mantle, dontcha think?

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Moral of the story: don’t be afraid to throw a little paint on stuff  [I’m sure there’s a life lesson in there somewhere].

#spreadthelove #lookahead

xx, Nicole {LL805}

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