Stencil a mirror with a heartfelt holiday sentiment! Debbie Hayes shares how to use Chalk Paint® to stencil a custom Christmas quote on a mirror that will be a good reminder all year long!
Merry almost Christmas! Still decorating? I sure am.
Do you have items that are specifically designated for holiday decorating, or do you like to scavenge treasures from around the house to reinvent? In our ranch-style home, we don’t have lots of surfaces to adorn, so I’m always seeking items I can use to spiff up our mantel in the den, Easy, quick, and inexpensive is my motto.
My favorite flea market finds often are antique mirrors. I love that I can layer several on a dresser or a shelf all year ‘round. On a project mission, I found this old, forgotten yard sale piece in our attic. Rather sad looking, it had a sooty coat of dust and almost no remaining paint. So I just gave it a cleaning, then painted on one coat of metallic paint (Modern Masters Metallic Paint – Brass Semi-Opaque) for a soft touch of bling.
My idea for Paint+Pattern for December was to use a custom Royal Design Studio Modello® pattern, which is basically a one-time-use stencil. I wanted to create a design for the holidays that I could easily remove in the New Year-but this is a great message for any time! So, I made up a phrase, emailed an idea, dimensions, and typeface suggestion to an amazing Royal Design Studio artist, and I received the perfect artwork for this project.
If you are new to using Modello® stencils, click over to the Modello Design website to get even more details before you get started. Your package will arrive with a brochure with complete installation instructions, or you can follow along here.
- Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan
- Small paint roller, painters tape, scissors, window cleaner, paper towels, window scraper tool (if you want to remove the pattern later)
APPLY THE MODELLO® STENCIL TO THE MIRROR
Before applying the Modello® to the mirror, make sure the mirror hardware is in the correct position on the back. Then hold the design up to the light to confirm that you have the right end up.
Use the white squeegee that comes with your order to burnish both sides of the pattern well. Carefully position the stencil where you want it on the mirror with the “Backing Paper” side down and the pattern side up. Apply one long piece of tape across the middle to make a “tape hinge”. Pull the top half towards you to fold back on itself. From a corner, slowly peel back the backing paper and cut it off near the tape hinge. Roll the exposed adhesive pattern down onto the glass carefully, smoothing it at you go. Now repeat in the bottom section. Burnish and remove the transfer tape.
Just a note on application: Move slowly. Once you remove the backing paper to expose the adhesive, the very sticky vinyl wants to cling to almost anything.
Here comes the easy part. Tape around the edges of the Modello® stencil. Roll on 2 to 3 coats of Old White Chalk Paint®, letting the paint dry well in between coats.
Slowly and gently peel the pattern away from the mirror. Grab a top corner, and move downward. The paint does not want to adhere to the vinyl, so it will roll off as you go. The paint really doesn’t want to stick to the mirror either, so peel gently to prevent pulling your design off. Find a place with good lighting where you can see the edges of the vinyl and use the pick tool to remove small pieces. Try not to scratch the mirror, or the areas that are painted. Also, avoid adding finger marks because it’s not easy to clean the mirror after you apply the painted design.
Success! You have created a pretty decorative mirror in no time.
It was the most gorgeous day, so after I added the mirror to our mantel, I wandered our long back yard to gather branches, berries, and ferns to add to some favorite red pottery wine glasses and thrifted old silver Derby cups. I stole some tiny lights from another area in the den, and done!
As the sun quickly set at five o’clock, I loved my project even more. Especially with some Christmas music and a glass of wine with friends.
Using paint helps make the quote stand out more, but if you are interested in a permanently etched pattern on a mirror, like I did during the summer out on our deck on PaintAndPattern.com, here is the complete tutorial.