If you are a girl with a Pinterest account, chances are you’ve pinned a few quotes in your lifetime. I may or may not be guilty of this… (my quote board on Pinterest). One or two lines of text can be quite powerful, especially when used as a decorating tool in your home. I’ve always liked the idea of interesting quotes in frames hanging around the house so I decided to do my own version. But to switch things up a bit I chose to put my quote on a mirror. Not only does this give a great graphic effect to the text, but any room with mirrors in it instantly feels bigger.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
A mirror of whatever size you want (I have an 18″ x 11″)
Scrapbooking letters – found at Michael’s (I have two different fonts)
1. Wipe off your mirror with a damp cloth to make sure it is really clean. As you can see I had a hard time getting Radley to stop checking himself out, so there were lots of doggy nose prints on my mirror that needed cleaning.
2. Choose the letters you want from you scrapbooking packages. I bought two different fonts for this specific quote since it has a double meaning.
3. Arrange your letters on your mirror. The letter sheets that I had allowed me to pop the individual letters off the sheet without peeling the back off. That allowed me to move them around without them sticking down. (Excuse the fact that you can see the underside of my desk. For some reason while I was doing this project I didn’t notice. One track mind I guess!)
4. Once you have them placed, take each letter at a time and peel the backing off and put it into place. The other letters should help you get lined back up. When you have them placed, cover your frame with masking tape so that it doesn’t get painted. I also made a boarder by laying strips of masking tape around the edges of the mirror.
5. DO THIS STEP OUTSIDE!! You are just going to spray the entire mirror until it is evenly coated. But you don’t want to overdo it because spray paint can bubble on a mirrored surface if you aren’t careful. Somehow I forgot to take photo as I painted, but I started at the top left corner and went back and forth down the mirror in even stripes.
Rust-oleum paint seems to paint most surfaces pretty well, and since painting a mirror is kind of odd, I figured a hardcore paint would do the trick. I also chose white spray paint so that I could put it in any room of my house and it wouldn’t clash.
6. Let it COMPLETELY dry before peeling off the tape and letters. If your paint is not dry, when you pull off the tape it will peel off large chunks of paint with it! So believe me when I say, it is very important to make sure it has fully dried.
I let mine sit on my porch for the day while I went and ran errands. Once I made sure it was bone dry, I gently pulled off the tape. The letters stick down better than the tape so they can be a little harder to peel. But when they do, they leave a clean crisp line that looks great!
So there you have it. I now have an inspirational quote in an adorable design that I can hang on the wall or put on display anywhere in the house. For right now I have it on my dresser beside my favorite Brian Andreas print and film photo of Radley I took for a photography class.
Have you made your own quote art before? I’d love to hear about it!