DIY: Make your own Mirror at Home

Making your mirror is a lot easier than many people realize. Mirrors are in practically every home as they serve fashion, esthetic and other purposes. Mirrors are essential for bathroom sinks, fixtures with dressers, or even artwork or pieces for interior decoration. Even though you can buy mirrors in different places, there is some times when you cannot see the mirror that fits the exact description that you want. 

So rather than just go for any mirror that you see, you can choose to make your own by yourself. This can be done by using the glass panel from any of your picture frames alongside a unique mirror effect spray paint. The following are steps that you can take whenever you are interested in making your lovely mirrors. 

Making a Simple Mirror

  1. Detaching the Glass Panel: Select any of the picture frames with the design you are attracted to. Turn the frame over and proceed to detach the back panel. Get rid of all paper inserts then do a removal of the glass panel. Keep the cardboard that provides back support for the frame. This is because you will still need to rearrange everything later on. 
  2. Cleaning: Get a paper towel, serviette, or soft fabric and dip in rubbing alcohol then proceed to wipe it over the two sides of the glass to clean it. This is crucial so that it can get rid of any oils or similar substances that can stop the paint from fixing well. Make sure that you are handling the glass panel via the edges so that you do not have your fingerprints all over it. 
  3. Place the Panel: It will be ideal if you can do this in outdoor spaces because you will place the glass panel in an area that is properly ventilated. But if you have a spacious room where the windows can be opened, that will also be good. Fix something beneath the glass so that you can offer protection to the work surface. You can make use of plastic or even newspaper for this. You may also place the glass against cans that have the same dimensions. This is going to assist you in preventing paint leakage from under the glass. 
  4. Get the Spray Paint Can Ready: Purchase a can of high-quality mirror-effect spray paint. You can quickly get one from the home improvement stores in your area or you can place an order on the Internet. Once you get one, shake the container based on the instructions printed on it, it is usually around 30 seconds. You should not make use of typical silver spray paint and this is because it is not the same as mirror-effect spray paint. Hence, if you use ordinary silver paint, you are not going to get the same effect. 
  5. Application of Paint: Grab the can and place it about 10 inches away from the glass panel. Proceed to apply a thin layer of the spray paint, do this in a broad side-to-side motion. Let the paint sit for like one minute so that it can dry before you do the application for a second layer. You should continue with this until you notice that the glass is becoming opaque. This means you will need to apply about five layers of paint in all. Place your hand beneath the glass to see the level of transparency. If you can see your hand, then it means that it is not sufficiently opaque. You will have to apply more thin layers of paint instead of a few thick layers. This will take more time but you are going to be pleased with the eventual outcome. Do not forget that you are doing the paint application to just one side of the panel and not the two sides. 
  6. Drying: Now that you have finished applying the paint correctly, the next thing is for you to allow the paint to dry. The duration that the drying will take will be influenced by the environment you stay but it should be an average of around 10 minutes. 
  7. Fix into the Frame: Put the frame with its face on the table and then put the glass panel in it. Do not forget to ensure that the face with no paint is facing down while the painted surface faces up. In this position, you can turn the frame over and you will be able to see the paint showing through the glass. This glass will offer protection from scratching or chipping. 
  8. Finishing: Close the frame and proceed to turn it over. Do an insertion of the back panel you had detached initially put it back into the frame. Put the hooks in place to ensure that it does not fall off, and then turn the frame to the other side. Voila, you can now use your mirror! 

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