Modern Mirrors

Learn the best technique for working with easy spray etching to turn plain-Jane mirrors into chic mod accessories.

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To give a plain mirror graphic punch, try this. Mirrors are a great way to reflect light around the room, but don't have to be plain and they don't have to be expensive. At the craft store, pick up a few inexpensive glass squares and a can of etching spray. You'll need to put a stencil on your design. The best thing to do is to buy a stencil from the store and then trace it on the clear contact paper and then cut it out; we already have. I've already placed 2 of these rectangles on the mirror and then place a third on here. You can do any kind of design you want, it's simple as these rectangles. You could also do circles, ovals. You could even do monograms. Whatever stencil you'll find, just transfer it to your contact paper. Make sure you press out this contact paper quite a bit and get all the little bubbles out and press it around the edges so you'll get a great feel. When everything is in place, take your etching spray. Place it about 10-12 inches away from the mirror surface and then just spray on the coat. This will take about 20-30 minutes to dry. Get it nice and even. After it's dry, go in and remove the contact paper stencil. Like this, and you'll get a great graphic look.