DIY Plateau Mirror
This weeks crafty project is a gorgeous plateau mirror, decoupaged with some gorgeous antique sheet music, and edged with a faux silver soldered trim.
Make sure you click on the music to bring up the largest size, before you print them out.
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 3 – Wear rubber gloves and use a spatula to scrap off the silvering. Then when you have the desired results, wipe down the back of the mirror to remove the residue.
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!
Here it is in action on my table with some glittery trees.
I hope you enjoyed this project, this would be a great piece to use for the Holidays!
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What a wonderful idea! This brings a wave of mirror ideas!!
Karen, that is fantastic!! I never thought of using oven cleaner for this, I’ve just scraped and scratched the glass. Your way is so much better and the result is really nice.
What a great way to spruce up an antique mirror, I particularly love the last photo with the trees on the mirror, it’s like a frozen pond, very wintery. Thanks for sharing the how to guide.
Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage says
It looks beautiful! Love that oven cleaner trick.
Can I offer a cheap trick? Regular, cheap clear coat from wal-mart and it will seal the ink just the same, and for only $1, it’s much cheaper, too. I’ve used it bunches of times to seal the ink into paper and it works great.
Thanks so much for linking up. Happy Thanksgiving!!
It turned out really nice. I’ve always wanted to try a similar project. Thanks for sharing.
Condo Blues says
That’s a genius way to save a nasty old mirror. The price can’t be beat!
Its So Very Cheri says
That is awesome I would love to have you post this to my Monday party–its so very creative.
i’ve never seen this done – it’s gorgeous! makes me want to go on a mirror hunt now!
That’s really cool!!
I used oven cleaner on a mirror and it took of the backing, but none of the silver. I didn’t scrape it with a spatula, though. I guess I need to try that.
Very creative, very cool. Great job!
Kimm at Reinvented says
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the technique!
This is one of my favorite ideas ever! I love this projects and have several old mirrors that I have collected over the past year that would be perfect for this project. I can’t wait to try this!! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Karen! I sooo love this! I attempted a project like this years ago, purchased this expensive desilvering stuff that was difficult to work with and gave up. Oven cleaner…awesome tip! I’m going to give this another try, and I love the sheet music! Thanks for a great project!
Happy Thanksgiving Karen!
Mod Podge Amy says
Karen, that is beautiful! Love that you used it for holiday decor. It’s really gorgeous.
The Redhead Riter says
Really cool as usual!