DIY a Plateau Mirror
The next 3 photos show the finished project. This plateau mirror really turned out great, unfortunately I could not have chosen a more difficult project to photograph!!! The photos are horrible!!! They are taken in all kinds of light, outdoors, indoors, I tried everything. Hopefully you can still get the gist of it!
The one above was taken in my foyer.
This one I took outside on my patio table.
This is a closeup shot of the one taken outside.
I’ve included a supply list and instructions below:
1) An Unframed Mirror – I found mine in the trash!
2)Oven Cleaner – I bought the cheapest brand I could find.
3)Krylon Workable Fixative – Mine came from A.C. Moore, this may not be required, depending on your computer.
4)Decoupage Glue – I got mine Here from Durwin Rice.
5) Mod Podge – I used matte.
6) Silver New Wave Foil Tape – I got mine Here at Bonnie’s Best.
7) Hot Glue Gun
8)Felt – Mine came from A.C. Moore
Warning – Ugliness ahead!!!
So this was how the mirror looked when I found it. It was in the trash area at the Antique shop where my business is located. It was filthy, had nasty stickers stuck to it and the edges were rough. But it was old and beveled and a good heavy weight, and it was Free so, how could I pass it up?!
Step 1– First I cleaned up the mirror. As you can see some of the silvering was missing, which is great because, that’s what I wanted so that, I could decoupage the music in those spots.
Step 2: Remove the silvering. I wanted to remove even more of the silvering to even it out a bit, since it was mostly on one end. I had planned to use paint stripper, but then I found an awesome tip Here on Mitzi’s Collectibles! You can use Oven Cleaner for this! Fabulous!! Just spray some little patches on the back of your mirror with the oven cleaner and wait about 5 minutes.
Step 4) Print out the sheet music.
Step 5) I sprayed my printed music with some Krylon workable fixative to set the ink, and keep it from bleeding. You may not need to depending on your printer.
Step6) Cut out the music to fit your spots on the mirror, where the silvering has been removed.
Step 7) Next I applied decoupage glue to the front of the printed music. I used Durwin Rice’s “Under Glass” decoupage glue, because I have always wanted to try it, and it was fabulous!!! No shiny spots, no bubbles, just perfection. If you’ve had problems like this in the past when decoupaging under glass, I highly recommend it.
Step 7) Apply the decoupaged printed pieces face down onto the back of your mirror. You can use a brayer to get a nice smooth finish, don’t press too hard though, that’s how you get the dreaded shiny spots. You will end up with a sort of random patchwork effect on the back of the mirror, but it’s okay since you will cover it later.
Step 8) Let your project dry completely. I let mine dry overnight to be sure.
Step 9) Apply a coat of Mod Podge to protect the back of the paper bits, and let dry. It will probably bubble up at this point, but as it dries the bubbles tend to go away.
Step 10) My favorite part! Add your foil to the edge of your mirror, it’s peel and stick. Super easy to use! Since my mirror was so big, I cut my foil into 4 sections, and did one side at a time. Also, I did use a tiny dab of hot glue on the corners to reinforce it. It looks like a soldered edge when your done, so pretty!!
Because my mirror was so rough, I added more foil to the edge, and wrapped it around to the back, to cover up the roughness. You probably will only need the to apply the foil to the top for your mirror.
Step 11) Hot Glue some felt to the back of your mirror. I used black felt that was fairly stiff. The felt will help to protect your table top.
Now your done!!! You can view some more lousy finished photos below. I promise you it really is pretty though! I may try to photo this again one day this week.
I love how rough the silvering is here, with the music peeking through!
I hope you enjoyed this project, this would be a great piece to use for the Holidays!
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