Friday, August 5, 2011

HOW TO MAKE A VINTAGE MIRROR





Here is the story of a plain ole mirror. I wanted to do something to "jazz" it up. So I had recently seen a couple posts about how to make the back look vintage. Do you think I could figure out where I saw that...?????  NO! So I had to figure it out myself.


                                 So first was to get the backing off of the mirror.

Now I am missing the part where I stripped the mirror so I will try to explain it to you.  (I tried so many things that by the time I figured it out, I forgot to take pictures....:))
I tried furniture stripper, which did not work. Then remember that my husband teaches Chemistry, I tried to think what he would tell me to use. I could here his voice saying "you need and acid"....So I thought and thought....Toilet bowl cleaner......So I got out my toilet bowl cleaner wiped some on the back of the mirror, and let it sit....Now be very careful, because it is an ACID...so you don't want to get it in your eyes or even on your hands..it will burn. So after waiting awhile I used a plastic scraper...(you don't want to use metal, because it will scratch the glass) and push away the parts of the silver. Then you let it sit and dry. When it is dry you can wash the mirror with water, and then clean with windex.


When I was finished with my mirror, I added some paper from Hobby Lobby to the back of the mirror.
This is how she turned out. I was going to paint the frame, but it looked so good once the mirror and paper were back in, that I thought I better leave it alone.
I hope you like it. Have a BEAUTIFUL day!!




20 comments:

Jessica @ O. Alouette said...

What a super neat project! I love how it turned out.

Meg said...

No way, toilet bowl cleaner?? I love it! I've always wanted to try this...!
I hope you can join my link party going on now with your project! www.alittleknickknack.com

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Toilet bowl cleaner! Brilliant. It looks great.

andrea said...

So cool.....I love how it came out! Great tutorial. Absolutely *adore* the sheet music insert!
Andrea @ townandprairie

Katie said...

Toilet bowl cleaner! It's genius! I've seen the fancy pool cleaning acid used, but I don't want to drop $11 just to do one mirror! I'm going to try this today! Thanks for the tip!!! Your mirror looks great!

Jamie said...

I've seen tutorials on how to do this but never wanted to go out of my way to search for some acid. Now that I know you can use toilet bowl cleaner this is a definite must. If you get a chance I would love you to link your ____ up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

Audra @ The Kurtz Corner said...

Wow, this is awesome! I would have never thought to do this!! I'd love for you to link up at my Tuesday Tutorials Link Party! :)

http://www.thekurtzcorner.com/2011/08/tuesday-tutorials-link-party-1.html

Mary said...

Hi, Thank you for joining Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. Could you be so kind as to link back your three projects to my blog as required? Thank you, Mary :O)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

beautiful! i love the sheet music behind it.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I really like the fact that you used sheet music. Beautiful! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

Megan said...

Love that you used toilet bowl cleaner, clever! It turned out so good!

The DIY Show Off said...

Great job and clever technique! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing in the DIY Project Parade! ;)

Roeshel

Peggy said...

Very Cool! Thanks for sharing!

stefanie said...

soooo pretty!!!

Jacque said...

What an awesome project! I will definitely have to try this one out! I am such a fan of anything vintage. My blog is even dedicated to it.

I'm your newest follower!

Jacque @ Jacque's Soda Parlor
thesodaparlor.blogspot.com

P.S. I host a link party every Sunday. You should stop by and link this up! I'm sure the ladies would love to see it, along with any other crafts or recipes that you may have! Can't wait to see you there!

June@I will craft said...

Wow, first craft I've seen with toilet bowl cleaner! It just proves that when a crafter gets and idea, stay out of the way!! :)

Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

Great idea!! Never saw a craft that featured toilet bowl cleaner! :) Yeah for your husband the chemistry teacher...so was I! :) Thanks so much for linking to Thrifty Thursday.

Tiaras & Bow Ties - Think Smink said...

I love it! I've been wanting to do this to a mirror in my bedroom for a while but have been afraid of the muratic acid thing. I've also seen that you can use oven cleaner... thanks for the tip about toilet bowl cleaner... maybe now I'll give it a whirl!

Jami said...

Great looking mirror! Thanks for linking to the Tuesday To Do Party!
Smiles!
Jami
www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

Tanya Anurag said...

The mirror looks beautiful.

Thanks for linking up at Tea-Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. Your post added to the celebration. Party for this week is going on now. Hope to see you there.

http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/tea-time-thursdays-3-and-features.html