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Technique of the Week: A Frosted Mirror

frosted mirror

I recently had occasion to go through some authentically vintage items.  My husband’s grandmother passed away at the incredibly advanced age of one hundred.  And two.  She was something of a hoarder, so there was a lot to go through.  In among the drawers full of paper napkins and zipper bags of cooked bacon (I am not making that up), I found this mirror that I thought had a lot of potential.

After making those frosted jars a couple months ago, I’ve been itching to use my can of frosting spray again and that led to me to this frosted mirror.  And while I was at it, I updated the frame with a fresh coat of color as well.  From what I can tell, this is just a picture frame and instead of sliding in a picture between the glass and the backing, she just used a mirror of the same size so that’s always an option for you, too.


The crux of the project is making a stencil.  Because you can’t iron freezer paper out onto glass, that method is out.  The stencil needs to closely adhere to the glass because you want the letters to be crisp and you’ll need to do multiple spray applications.  Sooooo, craft vinyl is the best choice here and this is just another reason to own (or know someone who owns) a Cricut or Silhouette machine.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Cut out your words.  Other cute phrases you might like are “hey good lookin'” and “hi handsome.”
  2. Place the stencil on the mirror and smooth out any bubbles.
  3. Trim a plastic grocery bag and blue tape it around the stencil.  Make sure you have no gaps and that the you’ve covered around the sides as well.
  4. Now spray away.  It will take five or more coats to get the effect on my mirror, but frosting spray dries really fast, so you’re only looking at an hour or so of painting and drying time.
  5. Peel it all back off and you’re good to go.  You are the proud new owner of a frosted mirror.
frosted mirror


Here’s a question for you that I go back and forth on, at what point are you ruining something old by spray painting it?  Is it a matter of age or of construction or of condition?  Do you have a rule for when it’s okay to paint and when it’s not?



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