I suppose you know all about this Pinterest. Well, I didn’t know a thing about it until my granddaughter showed me. Last Sunday we spent about three hours looking at it. There’s some neat stuff on there, but I have to say, it sure made my eyes tired to look at those pictures on a computer for so long. However, I did see something in there that looked really neat: stenciled mirrors. It’s a neat way to add a really stunning decoration to your house, and it looks easy enough to do. In fact, my granddaughter has decided that stenciled mirrors is going to be the Christmas gift she gives to family members this year (she’s crafty and always likes to give homemade gifts.) She’s excited. And I’m excited because it means I get to spend the day with my granddaughter at the salvage store. Win-win.
How to Stencil a Mirror
From what I understand, there are two ways to stencil a mirror: spray painting or hand painting.
This is the easiest way to do it, and will yield a simple, uniform design. Simply lay the stencil on the mirror and spray paint it. Use frosting spray to create a classy, understated frosted look. Or chose gold for an opulent, romantic gilded look.
Hand painting a mirror, like all hand painting, will take more time. However, it’s the way to go if you want to make a more complex, multi-colored design. For this you will need a miniature brush that can fit nicely into all the nooks and crannies of the stencil. It’s more work but worth it, especially if the end result looks like this.
Choosing a Stencil
It’s amazing how creative people are with these stenciled mirrors! Some people are really into stenciling French words on their mirrors, while others choose fancy damask patterns. But if you want flowers, trees, birds, butterflies, hearts, leaves or even Mexican Talavera patterns, there’s a stencil for you!
A stenciled mirror is a great way to spruce up a guest powder room. Or hang on in the entry way as a unique way to greet guests when they arrive. Personally I don’t know if I would want one in my house — I guess it’s a little too trendy for me — but I do think these look nice and are definitely worth the effort.