Sunday, July 29, 2018

How to do a Reverse Stencil Technique on a DIY Mirror

Another Thrift Store frame is needed, this one was 10'' x  21- 1/2'' with CLEAR GLASS
The frame was made of wood and in good condition, painted gold
 with glass and white matte board.
Later we will use wax to tone down the gold.
Plan to make your mirror as big as you like, because the glass will be a fraction of the weight of
a regular mirror. You will not have to use any special hangers for your mirror.
Use glass cleaner on both sides of glass before you begin.
I prefer this type of picture frame with permanent tabs. It is easy to pull back the tabs to
return the glass to the frame.
Fold back taps and leave glass in the frame.
We need to see the frame for the proper placement of stencil.
Remember we are working on the back side of the glass.

I chose to use Gold Acrylic Paint. I thought the metallic paint would look more like
an authentic vintage label. I think it was .99
Black Acrylic paint
and a stencil brush
This is the stencil I used. 
Stencil 6''x6''
I taped over part of the design, I will use it later.
( That means you can not read it )
This paint seemed to be thinner consistency than other Acrylic Paints
make sure your brush is dry.
After the Gold completely dries come back over the Gold with Black paint
This gives extra dimension to your lettering.
Now you can remove the stencil.
 Then I did the same steps on the top were I placed the monogram design.

Wash your stencil with warm soapy water.
You can carefully remove your glass from frame.
~Remember you are working with sharp glass.~
If you like you can add a wax to seal your frame.
I used Folk Art Antique
You will need a can of MIRROR EFFECT
You will also need a can of flat Black
We are working from the bottom layer out.
You will FIRST spray the Mirror Effect over the top of your stencil and cover the whole
mirror. The paint is on the back side! LET DRY.
Gently lift  and look underneath you will see your beautiful stencil....and your beautiful face.
If you can't see yourself spray another coat of Mirror Effect.
When your mirror is to your liking and it is dry.
Spray the black paint over the silver. You are still on the back side.
All silver mirrors are backed with Black.
Any imperfections will make your mirror look aged and wonderful!
The more flaws the better-
If you accidently scratch the black just touch it up
This shows the first layer of black over the silver.
After it is  dry you can flip it over.
And take a peek~!
Time to put it in the frame.
Ok now you should be able to read your stencil.
The glass is on the front side and you will be will be able to clean the mirror.
Ready to hang
So hard to photograph because of the reflection!

Safe to clean the glass because all the painting
is done behind the glass.

So sorry about the bad lighting! I just couldn't get it right.
The mirror is much more beautiful in person.
At night with the reflection of the candles.
The faux topiaries were made by just setting a faux boxwood ball on top of the vase and urn.
The boxwood balls were from the Dollar Tree.
If you don't want to stencil the mirror you can leave out that step but it really
gives you a unique piece of art for your home.
This technique would work well on vintage glass windows.
With the left over paint ( if you have some) I painted the outside of a BALL CANNING JAR!
I also painted the CANDLE HOLDERS!

I really love the combination of Black and Gold!
I hope that I have inspired you to give this a try~
If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will get back to you.
xo Lisa S


  1. I am completely enjoying your amazing projects. Your step-by-steps are so helpful! And I had no idea you could create your own mirror from a thrifted framed glass. WOW! Thank you for using my stencil and showing yet another beautiful way they can be used. <3

    1. Cathe,
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment. Your stencils are amazing. I am so inspired! This mirror idea turned out even better than expected.
      Thank you for visiting my blog!
      xo Lisa S

  2. Oh my goodness Lisa, I just luv this. I have a mirror gallery wall that I've shared on IG and would luv to try this on one of my mirrors. I'd luv for you to share it with us at Wall to Wall DIY Wednesday!

    1. Thank you for the sweet comment!
      I am having a hard time linking up today, I will try later. xo Lisa S

  3. I truly love this project, well done. Thanks for sharing on To Grandma's House We Go!

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I appreciate you so much!
      Thank you for hosting, xo Lisa S

  4. Wow! This is SO interesting! I love how it turned out. Visiting from creative circle by the way.

  5. Thank you so much, I'm so glad you stopped by to say hello!
    xo Lisa S

  6. What a great project! Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life

    1. Roseann
      Thank you for the sweet comment. I am so happy to be able to share. Thank you for hosting. xo Lisa S

  7. Looks lovely, Lisa! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  8. What a great way to add some great detail to an old mirror. I think I still may have one lying around I am going to have to try this with. Thanks!
    Thanks for linking up with the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party. Hope you met some new friends :-)

    1. Christine,
      Thank you so much for hosting! I really appreciate you.
      I have met some very nice and encouraging people.
      You are so sweet to visit and comment. Thank you, xo Lisa S

  9. Lisa, I LOVE this mirror. I had no idea you could use paint to make a mirror effect on glass. TOO cool! Thanks so much for linking up at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party!

    1. Queenbeebaker,
      It's not complicated but it needs to go step by step and you'll have beautiful results. Thank you for hosting and for visiting. xo Lisa S

  10. Thanks for the tutorial. Best wishes, Linda @Crafts a la mode

    1. Linda
      Thank you for hosting! I love your parties.
      xo Lisa S

  11. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Jann,
      I appreciate you hosting and your sweet comment!
      xo Lisa S

  12. This beautiful post is a CREATIVE feature on the September You're the STAR blog hop:

  13. I don't even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.

    I don't know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you are
    not already ;) Cheers!


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