This is one of my favorite projects that I did for The Nate Show and I am so excited to be finally sharing it over here!
You will need:
A framed mirror (make sure the mirror isn’t older than 1980’s, if you are unsure you can have them cut at any glass store for really cheap)
Silhouette Premium Vinyl
Silhouette Transfer Sheet
Silhouette Hook Tool
Silhouette Scraper Tool
Start with your framed mirror. This is one that I found at the thrift store for $2.00.
Take the backing off of your frame
Carefully remove the mirror, take it outside and place it face down on a soft surface. (I used a towel cause hello you can totally wash it!)
Put a big glob of stripper on the back of it and spread it around with a paint brush.
Let it sit for about 15 min. Every mirror that you do will be different. On some the paint comes off really easiy and on others you have to scrape it off. There is no way of knowing which its going to be…sorry!! But its sort of like a secret birthday surprise finding out what happens!
On this particular mirror the underlayer of paint was red and it came off really easily.
See how the back side of the mirror is reflective?
Hang on let me clean it off…..
Much better!! Not all of the paint needs to come off and its alright.
Next I used Madonna my Silhouette to cut out my design. I used the moroccan pattern design.
Once I carefully peeled off the negatie space I used the greatest invention since sliced bread. The Hook Tool to get the rest of the negative space out. I kid you not this thing is awesome.
Then I used the Transfer Paper and Scraper to transfer it onto the back side of the mirror. Take it outside…now its time for the fun part!
Put on your neoprene gloves and very carefully spray some muriatic acid on the back of your mirror. (Muriatic acid is used to neutralize pool water and can be found at Home Depot or Lowes)Make sure that you have a hose on so that you can quickly rinse the acid off.
Depending on your mirror (once again they are all different) the acid will start to eat away the reflective coating. Sometimes it works really fast and sometimes it works really slow. Rinse it off after 5 or so seconds and see if it is working. If it seems like nothing is happening put more on and wait until you can start to see where it is eating it. The dark spot in the picture below is what it looks like when it starts to work.
Once your mirror looks the way that you want it to rinse it and dry it off. Peel off any loose pieces of vinyl. Use your favorite kind of spray adhesive. I love Krylon’s.
After its been sprayed lay your fabric face down on the back of the mirror. That way you can see the fabric through the empty spots!
Pretty awesome if I do say so myself!
The spray paint that I used is Coral Isle by Krylon. It’s the PERFECT color. I swear they are mind readers.