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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.


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



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!


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


  • 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!


  • 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!)


  • 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]




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.


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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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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  1. Ashten
    4 years ago

    Nicole, this is freaking awesome! I love all your DIY projects! You inspire me all the time with these posts.

    1. Nicole
      4 years ago

      Thanks so much Ashten!

  2. Brooke
    4 years ago

    Omg!!! Love this. Can’t wait to have you decorate my house one day!!!

    1. Nicole
      4 years ago

      Thanks Brooke! I will, definitely! 🙂


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