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DIY Laundry Mirror Sign

This month, I’m focusing on sprucing up my laundry room. I hope to add some cute decor and some functional pieces.

My first addition to the laundry room is this DIY laundry room sign. I LOVE decorating with mirrors. They can add more light and give the illusion of depth.

I have no idea where this mirror came from, but I’ve had it as long as I can remember and no one has missed it. It traveled with me in our move to Minnesota, and no one asked where it went, so I didn’t feel guilty painting it. This is what it looked like before:

Before

 

Here’s what I used:

  • Martha Stewart adhesive film
  • Martha Stewart vintage decor paint in “wedding cake”
  • x-acto knife
  • Mod Podge
  • sanding block

1. Sand and clean the mirror

The first thing I did was sand the mirror frame and clean it as thoroughly as I could. I wanted to make sure there wasn’t any leftover dust from sanding and I also wanted to make sure the glass was as clean as possible.

Painting the frame

2. Paint the frame

After the mirror and frame was clean, I pained the frame of the mirror with 3-4 coats of the white paint. The paint I bought is meant for distressing, but I bought it because it had a matte finish. I let the frame dry over night and then I sealed it with Mod Podge. Paint experts out there may tell me that I should have used a better substance to seal it, but I didn’t want to buy another thing to seal it with when I already have a huge container of Mod Podge. You can Mod Podge everything. It’s my new bff.

Tracing the text onto the adhesive

3. Create the stencil and apply to mirror

After the coat of Mod Podge was dry, I created my stencils. I printed out a phrase on printer paper and then traced it on to the adhesive film. I taped my stencils to the window so the natural light would come through making it easier for me to trace. Once I traced the stencil, I cut it out with an x-acto knife. (Don’t leave it taped to your window. I moved it to a cardboard box so I wouldn’t damage any surface beneath when cutting). You need to be careful of the holes in the letters. Leave it connected by a small piece and don’t cut it out completely. Make the connecting piece for the holes in the letters as small as possible. It’s less area to touch up once you peel up the stencil.

After I cut out the stencil, I applied it to the glass. This was really tricky because the adhesive kept sticking to itself (and me). It was hard to get it perfectly smooth on the glass, but I wasn’t too worried because of the font I chose. I chose a font that had a messier feel to it, because it has more room to hide mistakes. If I chose a clean font (by clean, I mean straight lines and perfect letters like a Serif font), it would show mistakes I made when cutting out the stencil and applying it to the glass.

4. Paint inside the stencil and let dry

Be careful to make sure all the edges of the letters are pressed down. If there are any bubbles the paint will leak under. Luckily, I was able to scratch off the dried paint after because there was a big mistake from a stencil bubble. Once the letters are dry, you can peel up the stencil and touch up the areas where the letters need to be closed from the holes.

Here is my finished product hanging in the laundry room:

 

 

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