The dreary days of winter just seem to drag on and on, don’t they? We have had peeks of spring here in Indiana, temps in the 60’s and lots and lots of rain over the past week. I really need some sunshine in my life. How about you? Mirrors are a great way to bring extra light into your home and they help to make your room look larger . Today I am going to share how to make a DIY mirror with Mirror Effects spray.
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The DIY mirror idea is born
I acquired this old door from a friend when I had my consignment store. It lived it’s life there as a scarf display….ahhh, the good ole’ days 🙂 . Since then it has sat in my storage room in the garage. I tried to sell it in a garage sale, but no takers.
The price of mirrored glass for this door would have been astronomical, not to mention trying to switch out the glass. I had no intention of doing either one. I decided instead to use mirror effects spray to transform this vintage door.
This project was super easy. A roll of craft paper, painters tape, and mirror effects spray paint and this beauty was reborn. Mirror effects spray paint is AAMaazing! Turn any glass into a DIY mirror with just a few coats.
Picking the right type of glass to use it on is key, I found out the hard way when trying to use it on glass from a picture frame for my One Room Challenge. It is great for other projects too. A favorite blog of mine, Tatertots and Jello, has a great POST using mirror effects spray paint.
Making a DIY mirror
Here is how I did it. I used Rust-Oleum’s Mirror Effects Spray.
Normally I would have just turned it around and sprayed, but this was going in the house and I didn’t want the spray all over the wood on the back of the door. So I taped it off and covered it with craft paper to keep the over spray off of the wood.
Then I applied the mirror effects spray in long even passes across the glass. Be careful not to hold it too close or it will cause drips (which actually don’t show up on the other side, I know because I had a few 😉 ) and don’t rub the drips or it will rub off the spray and you will play heck trying to get it to cover (yep, did that too)
The side you are spraying will look cloudy, but the other side will be a clear mirror. The can recommends 3-4 coats, but I did 5. It took 2 cans.
Once it was dry, I peeled off the paper and had to decide where to put it. The plan was to put it next to the fireplace. I didn’t measure the space prior to trying to put the door there and as luck would have it, it wouldn’t fit. Poor planning on my part and a lesson learned.
I put it in the family room instead and it lived there for quite awhile.
Look how clear that DIY mirror is, mirror effects spray is absolutely amazing! And who doesn’t love original hardware on a vintage door?
Mirrors are a great way to bring more light into your home, creating your own DIY mirror makes it even better. Have you ever used mirror effects spray? Are you going to give it go? I would love to hear all about in it the comments below.
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