Faux Silver Leaf Mirror Makeover

Posted in BATHROOMS, CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY, WALL ART
on January 31, 2017

Happy Monday or wait.. it’s Tuesday! How did that happen?! Wow, we packed a lot in this weekend! We saw the cute Moana movie which made us all tear up a bit and watched the youngest guy play basketball. It’s been a crazy few weeks! Last weekend ended with me taking in the Twenty One Pilots concert with my daughter (so fun), at which point I realized just how old I am.. Staying up until 1:00 AM had me feeling more than a little off my game for the entire week! The fact that the band covered “No Diggity” makes up for it, though. 🙂

Those of you who’ve been following along during the $100 Room Challenge know that I recently transformed my over-the-sink mirror with a faux silver leaf (aka aluminum foil!). I decided to share with you today how that all came together.

This is how the mirror looked when I started – not terrible but not in-line with the look I was trying to achieve in the new bathroom!

I was more interested in it looking like this, but buying a new mirror wasn’t in the budget, which made it a perfect time for an inexpensive DIY.

For this project I used the following:

Step 1: Remove the mirror from the frame. This was a little bit tricky, but we used an Exacto knife to cut away the existing glue.. be careful not to remove any of the mirror finish.

Step 2: Cut the foil into strips. I did this using a ruler. Lay the ruler flat onto a piece of foil, bend the ruler over the ruler and tear down along the edge of the ruler. You’ll want more than you’ll think you need – I cut about 50 square feet of foil for this mirror – and you’ll want them to be about 1″ wide. Don’t worry if they aren’t exact.

Step 3: Working on a small section at a time, brush the wallpaper paste onto the frame and begin to apply strips of foil, smoothing them with the smoothing tool by gently applying pressure while running it over the foil with the edge. Be careful to remove any air bubbles. I put the foil shiny-side down, but either side will work. Continue to apply pieces to the surface, overlapping edges and smoothing with the smoother until the entire surface is covered. Let dry then gently wash off any excess paste. You’ll be surprised at how resilient the foil finish is!

Step 4: With a lint-free cloth or paint brush apply a coat of stain onto the foiled surface, working in a circular motion as though it were a glaze and remove any excess. You want to work the paint into the crevices, folds, and cracks of the foil which will give it an aged and textured look. The foil will NOT absorb the stain like wood but it will give a nice patina and will dry if you do a thin enough coat. If you put it on too thick just remove it with a cloth and reapply where necessary. Let dry.

Step 5: I had used the larger pattern of the stencil set on my daughter’s upholstered headboard, but I wanted something more delicate for the mirror and used a much smaller banner style stencil from the stencil set instead. I didn’t really worry too much about lining up the placement and sometimes overlapped the pattern to fill in the space because I was mostly focused on the pattern being subtly visible giving the illusion that it was stamped metal.

Using a small amount of paint, apply the stencil pattern with the dark gray paint along the edge of the mirror.

 

Step 6: Apply the polyacrylic with a brush, being VERY careful not to remove the finish from the paint or stencil. I used two coats, letting them dry in between.

Step 7: Insert your mirror back into the frame and apply hot glue around the edge of the mirror at the back, concentrating on the corners.

Step 8: Hang your finished mirror, then pat yourself on the back, stand back and admire all of your hard work!

 

Although there are a lot of steps, this is a fairly straightforward project that yields fantastic results for next to nothing. If you do try this on your own, please, send me a picture of your finished project… I’d love to see!

Rather buy than DIY? Here are some alternatives to Doing-it-yourself!

 

I had SO much fun with this project and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome. How about you? Are you ready for a new look for your bathroom mirror?

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4 Comments

  • Kim

    Wow, what a great technique!

    August 22, 2017 at 9:51 pm Reply
    • admin

      Thanks so much, Kim!

      August 23, 2017 at 10:43 pm Reply
  • Kathleen

    I will definitely be looking at thrift mirrors differently now!!! Love your creativity!

    August 23, 2017 at 6:24 am Reply
    • admin

      Thank you, Kathleen!

      August 23, 2017 at 10:44 pm Reply

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