I would like some help decorating an old cloudy mirror. I still want to see myself in it. I was thinking about a paint design. Any ideas?
granniegityergun from Rochester, NY
i buy old windows and paint desgins on them for differant holidays, these were done for chirtmas that i sold at craft shows. but the mirror to the right was one my sister had got in a yard sale very old antique mirror dated 1928 and it was really clouded so she had me paint a snowman theme on it and i sealed it with 3 clear coats of sealer. get your theme ideas by looking at greeting cards for any season then i draw on the design freehand with a permanent marker then paint it in.with the fog on the edge showing it actually matched the winter cold theme very well. these can sit in front of your fireplace or near an entry way to greet your guest at the holidays. and the snowman does not shout just christmas but serves through all the cold winter months as decoration theme.
Could you glue sea shells or artificial flowers around the edge? How about hearts? They're easy to find this time of the year.
You could get some acid etch and get a frosted design.
Etching isn't hard! ... Just take some contact paper, Dray the design on the contact paper you'd like, then punch or cut out designs (with paper punch or exacto knife)... Burnish the contact paper down with your fingernails... This design should mostlly be done around the edges of the mirror. ...Then buy "Etching Cream" at your local Craft or Art Store.... and follow the directions!
---> Don't let the word "Acid" scare you... Just follow the directions on the Etching Cream & you'll have a wonderful, classy mirror!
* One more idea: Take the backing off the mirror, then draw a vine with a black "sharpie" pen.. If you can see it from the front, GREAT! ... If not, then scratch the silver finish off the back (where you want your vine) & the front will look very cool!
* There's nothing classier or easier than a leaf vine... Easy to draw, Easy to paint, easy to etch or scratch. Just draw a squiggly line with simple leaves growing off of it!
Thank you all for your ideas. They are great!!
Those decorated windows are WONDERFUL.
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