Sunday, September 25, 2011

Acid Mirror for the Master Bedroom!


So, ever since I saw this awesome tutorial from Mandi @ Vintage Revivals I've been wanting to do an acid mirror.  I've seen them popping up and I love how they look!

A few months back I found an awesome ginormous mirror at an estate sale for $10.  Yes, please!

Here is how it looked before:


I busted out my paint remover and got started on the back.


Yeah, this is where things went terribly wrong.  I seriously think I used about 5-6 coats of paint remover in total.  While trying to remove the back, I cracked the mirror.  Awesome! The brand you see pictured really didn't do much for me so I went and bought a heavy duty paint remover.  It worked a little better but still didn't get all the back off.  Oh well!

While I was going through that ordeal I worked on painting the frame.  First I sanded, then primed, then painted it white.


After it dried I went over it with my Valspar antiquing glaze.  I love how it makes the detail pop.  I left it on pretty heavy.


After I removed as much of the back as I could I poured the acid straight on the back.  At first I didn't think it was working.  I sprayed it off with my hose and it had not changed at all, so I poured on some more acid.  I let it sit for about 5-10 minutes then checked it again.  It had worked more than I wanted it to.  Dang! Oh well!

I let it dry outside then cut my fabric to size.  I used my Elmer's spray glue to adhere the fabric to the back of the mirror.  Somehow during all of this another crack formed off the first crack I made.  Good thing I'm not the superstitious type! I got it all set up and hung on the wall and now I love it!


You can really see the cracks in this photo:

Here is a photo with just the lamps on - I love the ambience!


Here is a close-up of the frame and acid mirror - it is REAL hard to photograph a mirror.  There is always something reflecting in it and it distorts the image!


I've been wanting to do a project to go above the bed for a long time, so I'm glad to have it finished! I love it!!


Cheers!!
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41 comments:

  1. Love the way it turned out! What a great idea to put the fabric behind!

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  2. Wo, that's pretty dang cool. I've never seen this done anywhere. Great job!

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  3. So great. I am waiting to primp my bedroom until the rest of the huge gut is done. To be honest, it is driving me nuts.

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  4. I have never in my life seen or heard of this process, but WOW, it's really amazing!! This is why I read the blogs.... fresh ideas. THANKS!!!

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  5. It looks beautiful! I think the crack is awesome too--it gives it some cool character! I've done a ton of those mirrors...and there is no science, every freakin mirror is different...I think I'm up to like 49 years of bad luck too!
    Nat
    doodlecraft.blogspot

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  6. Oh wow!! I think this is spectacular! I esp LOVE the fabric showing through!!

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  7. This is so awesome! I'm so doing this if I ever find a mirror like that. Loved it.

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  8. I love how the mirror turned out. I'm going to have to try this technique---someday. You have luck like mine, I'm always messing up something and having to re-invent.

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  9. Oh, I have wanted to try this project as well! I love the look of the fabric you chose peeking out through the mirror.

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  10. Wow, it sounds like a lot of work but it really paid off in the end. It turned out great! Would love for you to link up at Etcetorize tomorrow night. (etcetorize.blogspot.com)

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  11. Wow, that is absolutely beautiful! I love the idea of using fabric.

    Pinning on pinterest. :)

    Cheers,
    Tracy Screaming Sardine

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  12. Holy Cow!!! That's beautiful.
    Thanks for posting.

    Buffie
    http://papercuts4u.blogspot.com/

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  13. Way to go -- I would have given up and just hung the empty frame! I love the way it turned out and love the idea of adding the fabric rather than pictures to show through!

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  14. What a beautiful mirror! I love the way it turned out!!!

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  15. love the floral:) looks great girl!

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  16. Very cool and unique!!
    gatheredinthekitchen.com

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  17. SO pretty!! Would love it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/10/turquoise-lovin-7.html

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  18. I love this tarnished look! It look so vintage. Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party! http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/10/bedazzle-me-monday-2_02.html

    Have a great day!!

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  19. Great idea for above the bed!!

    Jenny
    http://simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  20. This is BEAUTIFUL! I have had all the supplies to do this for awhile and no courage to do it. This beautiful mirror gives me courage. So do I understand it right that I want to get all the backing off the mirror?

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  21. What a stunning idea, I absolutely love it! Thank you so much for sharing it with us! Cecilia

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  22. Thx for your sweet comment.
    I too want to try the acid mirror thing...I love yours alot and the fabric choice is perfect and the racks made it really vintage :)

    Rasha
    www.mychampagnetaste.blogspot.com

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  23. That is so pretty, I love it!

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  24. Katie, that turned out great! At first I didn't notice the fabric peeking through, but it really makes it super cool. It looks so pretty with your wall color and bedding, which I love BTW.

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  25. I've been dying to try this too! I think I need to make a few of these for a blank wall area in my living room. I love your mirror and it looks amazing in your bedroom! Thanks for sharing :)

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  26. It's beautiful! Great job and what a fun technique.

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  27. loooove it! Looks so cool. If you have time I would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party going on now.

    micheleravendesigns.blogspot.com

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  28. Neat looking makeover...thanks for sharing it. I’m having a giveaway…come by and check it out.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  29. Love this, I saw a mirror similar to this on a recent trip to NYC for $600.00. Great job! Laura Cottage and Broome

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  30. Wow! What a neat project! This is such a great idea!! I love it!

    I host a Friday link party every week if you are interested, I'd love it if you'd link up!

    Ashley
    www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  31. Love your mirror, the cracks actually make it feel more vintage.
    alsmouse ~C8>

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  32. OMG, what a beautiful job. I LOVE what you have done. Amazing and gorgeous!

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  33. I think it turned out absolutely beautifully and the paint color in your bedroom *makes* that look by reflecting next to your fabric choice. I did try this.. And that stripper you pictured didn't work well for me either. I didn't try it on the mirror I was going to do, but I had tried it on some old 70's tables with INCHES of lacquer and whatnot. For the mirror I used Klean-Strip and I thought it would do a bang up job.. not so much! I don't know if it was because I couldn't wait long enough to let it sit for an appropriate amount of time or what.. Anyway, per the cracks - if you don't mind, it don't matter :D xo

    (new follower here!)

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  34. Hi! Your mirror looks awesome. I have been doing alot of these lately as people have been ordering them. I wanted to let you know that it's really important to leave the paint remover on at least 15 minutes without touching it and it will work great. I have a tutorial on my blog as well if you would like to check it out! Good job - I love your choice of fabric!
    Elisa

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  35. love this idea & great job! I actually have a dresser mirror stashed away somewhere that I've never much cared for and this might be exactly the solution - I love the look that you achieved. Thanks for sharing your process :) oh, and congratulations on being featured at Stephanie Lynn's! I'm visiting via her blog.

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  36. I cannot tell you just how much I love this mirror of yours! Thank you for sharing it. I have just started following your blog, and hope you will follow me too!
    Cecilia

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