The owner recently got back from a trip to New York and wanted to incorporate a photo she took there into the decor of the reception area. The salon design is inspired by the "feel" of old New York and is located in a historic area of Abbotsford, BC.
I started by taping off an area on the back of the mirror so that we didn't remove too much of the silvering and the picture would fit nicely within the area.
Once you have the area taped off, apply a generous layer of paint remover. I like to use Super Remover as it has minimal odor (yes you still need to wear gloves). Let this sit for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Once you start to see the paint on the back of the mirror start to soften and bubble a little you can begin to gently remove it. I like to use a paint scraper and have lots of paper towel on hand.
Once you have removed the grey layer of paint, clean it off with windex and then wipe down with water to prepare it for the next step.
I'm too impatient and lazy to wait for the oven cleaner to work, or to clean the oven for that matter.
Anyway...make sure you wear a mask and gloves for this next part. I'm not kidding - you should do this outside if at all possible and try not to breathe this in!
Muriatic acid is what I use for the next step to remove the silver backing. It's surprisingly affordable (about $7 to $10). It is available at your local hardware store however you may have to ask for it as I know at the store I went to they keep it in the back room really high up on a shelf that I couldn't even reach.
Carefully pour a very small amount of it on the back of the mirror.
Use a sponge brush or paint brush to move it around a little.
If you watch closely you will see the silver start to lift.
You can now clearly see the countertop through the glass in the desired areas. You can now remove the tape and move onto the fun part.
The last step is to Mod Podge the picture to the back of the mirror.
Make sure to cover the entire area with Mod Podge so that the photo won't lift or bubble.
Place the picture face down on the mirror and smooth it out with a scraper or a brayer. I can't find my brayer right now so scraper it is!
Once the Mod Podge has dried, you can cover the back of the entire frame with either cardboard or brown paper to give it a nice finished look, and hang it up!
Please let me know if you have any questions as this is my first tutorial!
Additional Ideas: Besides photos you can use fabric, wrapping paper, photos or post cards...Let me know what other creative ideas you come up with! I just did another mirror for our mantle with a fall inspired scrap book paper and it looks fantastic!
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