Good Sunday morning everyone! Welcome to a “special edition” of “Save My Sanity SUNDAY!” Well, not really. But kind of. You see, yesterday was the first full day I’ve been home since November 3rd! Between a business trip to NYC immediately followed by our family vacation to Mexico, you don’t even want to know how much laundry (and other chores) I was facing yesterday!
While the laundry was going and I was slogging through a week’s worth of emails (my internet access in Mexico was severely limited!) I happened upon a little “miracle” in my Inbox. A guest post by Jen at Tatertots & Jello that was actually scheduled to be used during my vacation but somehow got lost in the Mexican shuffle!
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I won’t say I cried with happiness over finding this gem, but I almost did. Both because it’s a great post that I know you will enjoy, AND because it allowed me one more day to get my household back on its’ feet before “getting back to work.” I know anyone who’s ever been on vacation will understand! :-) Thanks!
Please give a warm OGT welcome Jen . . . . .
Hi One Good Thing Readers! I’m Jen from Tatertots & Jello – I am a mom of four and I love sharing a creative tutorial every day.
Recently I saw a typography mirror on the Pottery Barn site and I wanted to DIY it. What I loved about it was it had an old patina about it. So I researched ways to make a new mirror look old. My friend Layla from A Lettered Cottage has an awesome tutorial on how to use Murianic Acid to make a new mirror look old. When I was researching this technique I discovered that murianic acid is very dangerous and hard to find. Most hardware stores sell a much less toxic version of murianic acid and that was what I used.
Here’s how I made my new mirror look old:
Here’s how I made the PB knock-off:
I found a mirror on clearance at Lowes for $20.
I used Layla’s tutorial on how to distress a mirror. The only major change was I used a lower-strength of Muriatic acid. And instead of only waiting a couple of minutes to take effect, I had to let the solution stay on the mirror for about an hour.
- The first thing I did was I took the mirror out of the frame.
- Then I sprayed the paint stripper spray on the back of the mirror and let it sit for about 10 minutes. I used gloves, a mask and eye protection when I used the paint stripper and muriatic acid.
- Once that spray took effect, I used plastic scrappers and scraped the paint off the back of the mirror.
- Then I took the muriatic acid and put it in a spray bottle. I then sprayed the edges of the mirror back with the solution and let it sit for about an hour — until I could see the the marks were transparent.
- Once the mirror looked distressed enough, I wiped the excess Muriatic acid off with a clean, damp cloth.
- Then I took the same Grey Gloss Spray Paint and painted the frame of the mirror and the back of the mirror the same grey gloss color.
- Once it was all dry, I put the mirror back in the frame.
- And then I printed off the lettering with my Silhouette machine. I applied the vinyl and now I have a beautiful Christmas focal point. The original price is $129+ and I made mine for under $40!!
Here’s a close up of the way the mirror looks distressed now. I love the look!
Be sure to check out the other AMAZING DIY Knock-Off ideas this week!!
You can find out more about my PB Knock Off Christmas Mirror at Tatertots & Jello.
Thanks for letting me stop by!