June 7, 2012

Poem Stenciled on to "Antiqued" Mirror

Yesterday I shared my tutorial for antiquing a mirror.  Now for the rest of the project!  I stenciled a famous Hungarian poem onto the mirror I "antiqued," and then Hubby & I built a simple, inexpensive frame.  Here's a sneak peek at the finished product, because you all waited so patiently yesterday and it seems cruel to drag it out, but keep reading for the how-to and more photos.

Did you spot my recently thrifted treasures (the vase and glass dish) in their new spots, on the mantle?

STENCILING THE MIRROR:

Supplies:
  • Custom stencil from Stencils Online
  • Large mirror ("antiqued," if you prefer)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Painter's/Masking tape
  • Scrap paper or newspaper
  • Spray paint

After antiquing the mirror, I laid it back down on my work surface, reflective side up, and positioned the stencil I ordered from Stencils Online.

Remember how I hinted at a partnering with them for a second project when I posted my feminist DIY mirror?  To get this stencil design, I sifted through many poems and settled on this famous Hungarian poem by Sándor Petőfi (the translation is at the end of this post).  The poem is beautiful and the proportion was perfect for the mirror (this is exactly how I found the poem written).  I sent the poem to Stencils Online and asked for typewriter-ish fonts.  After looking at a few different proofs, I chose this font, and it's perfect.

To make sure it didn't end up wonky, I measured and marked with masking tape where the stencil should go.  Then I covered the edges of the mirror with scrap paper to protect from over spray.  When I was all set, I misted the back of the stencil with spray adhesive and laid it down on the mirror.  Using Krylon Brushed Metallic Satin Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint, I misted the stencil in multiple, thin coats, working quickly.  When the letters looked opaque enough, I quickly removed the stencil and allowed the paint to cure fully (a few days).


Here's a better look at the stencil, once I'd already done the painting:


I had one little "oops" moment: a tiny area didn't get enough spray adhesive so the paint blurred a little bit.  Luckily, it is hardly noticeable.


BUILDING THE FRAME:

Supplies:
  • Sheet of 1/4" plywood, larger than the mirror
  • Casing (model # 1541 at Lowe's)
  • Screen mould (model # 144 at Lowe's)
  • Lepage PL Premium Construction Adhesive
  • Screws/screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw or table saw to cut plywood - or have the hardware store do it for you
  • Mitre saw or mitre box + hand saw to cut mitered corners 
  • Measuring tape
  • Spray paint

First, I decided what colour I wanted to paint the frame, because I did that early in the process.  I considered black, but in the end liked the Satin Nickel I used for the back of the mirror, during the "antiquing" process.  I sprayed a scrap and held it up to the mirror to help decide.


    We bought casing and screen mould (for the edge) at Lowe's, but any home improvement store will have some trim that will work.  Right away I painted them silver.




    Then Hubs made the cuts and I touched up the edges with the silver spray paint.


    We cut a sheet of plywood that was slightly bigger than the mirror.  To be specific, the casing overhangs the mirror but reaches the edge of the plywood.  The measurement will vary for the size of your mirror/trim.  We left an extra little bit so the edge could be belt sanded (or hand sanded) after it was cut, for extra neatness.


    Then we cut four pieces of plywood the size of the plywood overhang, glued them on with construction adhesive and used clamps to hold them in place until the adhesive dried:


    At the same time, we glued down the mirror, using Lepage PL Premium Construction Adhesive.  We asked the expert at our local improvement store what would be best for gluing a mirror to plywood and this was recommended.  Because we are procrastinators Just to be safe, we actually waited two full weeks before hanging the mirror, giving the adhesive ample time to cure.


    Here are the mirror and shims, glued in place and patiently waiting:


    Hubby then pre-drilled holes through the two layers of plywood and glued the casing in place with adhesive.


    To add a touch more security (although the frame is in NO way load bearing - the mirror relies on the glue for hold), Hubby screwed the casing (frame) to the layers of plywood, from the back.


    Then, using consutruction adhesive, we glued on the screen mould to hide the rough edge.  Home improvement stores have a ton of selection and there were some really stunning trim pieces but I chose this simple profile.  It hides the edges and adds a touch of visual interest from the side.


    The back is a wee bit messy, but we scraped off excess adhesive that has squished out and added two hinge hangers to use with 30 lb. braided picture hanging wire.


    Here is the frame completed:




    Next week I'll share some tips on drilling into brick and also hanging the mirror.  But for now I think it's time for some more "after" photos.


    I definitely think that this new stenciled mirror is a better scale than the print I had there and with new, cheery turquoise accessories, the fireplace looks better.  A subtle change, and there will likely be more, but after everyone's advice on my post asking for fireplace feedback, a mirror seemed like the popular decision.  I just decided to give it my own spin.









    For anyone wondering how reflective the "antiqued" surface still is:


    One reason I chose to antique the mirror is that this is the view opposite, and I didn't really think it warranted a reflection.  But the antiqued mirror still reflects light and sparkles on sunny days, so it's a happy compromise.


    To be honest, I am not 100% sure if I got the poem right.  I think so.  Well, few people will know the difference!  Little by little I'm teaching the Hubs to read it (in Hungarian) and it's adorable.  Here's the rough translation:

    I'll Be a Tree

    I'll be a tree, if you are its flower,
    Or a flower, if you are the dew- 
    I'll be the dew, if you are the sunbeam,
    Only to be united with you.

    My lovely girl, if you are the Heaven,
    I shall be a star above on high;
    My darling, if you are hell-fire,
    To unite us, damned I shall die.

    P.S. If you want to win a gift certificate to Stencils Online (valid at iStencils also) to design your own custom stencil, or buy something ready-made, check back tomorrow!  They create custom stencils, alphabet stencils and decorative lettering so there is a world of possibilities for creative projects.

    P.P.S. I linked up at the DIY Showoff DIY Project Parade.

    39 comments:

    1. What a lovely poem! For a while there while I was reading the post I thought you weren't going to give a translation!

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      1. Glad you like it - isn't it moving? Of course I'd provide the translation, lol. It would be cruel not to ;)

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    2. What a nice poem! And you're living room is so nice! I love that giant ottoman!

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      1. Thanks! I did a post about large, tufted ottomans, too:

        http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.ca/2012/03/reader-q-tufted-ottomans.html

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    3. This looks fantastic! I love the way it ties the lightness of the other part of the room into the fireplace. I think the fireplace makes more sense now. And what a sweet poem! :)

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      1. Happy to hear the fireplace looks better - I've been struggling with it, after my decision not to paint the brick + working with the odd placement.

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    4. I really love how the mirror is scaled to the fireplace&mantle. Everything from the antiquing of the mirror, to the lovely and touching poem to the frame is perfect.

      You have a great eye, and some serious talent Tanya!

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      1. Thanks! I'm pretty excited about how it turned out!

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    6. This is such a great idea - I'm constantly amazed by your very original and unique project ideas! So much more interesting than a plain mirror, or even an antiqued one :)

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      1. Aww, thanks Amelia. What a lovely thing to say :)

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    7. this is such a great DIY.....how long did the whole process take?

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      1. Thanks! And good question!

        Antiquing the mirror took only about 15-25 minutes (plus "fussing" - getting the stuff ready, changing into work clothes, finding my painting glasses, etc).

        Stenciling the mirror took only about 15 minutes, including set-up.

        Cutting out the frame and putting it together took a couple of hours (including painting the trim pieces).

        And then it took about 15 minutes to get it hung.

        So, about 3 hours, plus shopping for supplies.

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      2. Not bad for 3 hours of work...the end result is amazing that's the most important part :) was wondering what camera do you use

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    8. Perfect for the space...and the poem is wonderful!

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      1. Thanks Dana! The poem is kind of haunting, isn't it? I'm such a weirdo, I'm not normally moved by poetry but this one is so beautiful.

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    9. totally dying over this! love it! and yet again, your blog disappeared on me, and tonight, pop, lots of your posts showed up in google readyer. i don't get it1 but just know when it comes i am happy!

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      1. Thanks! Hmmm, why does your google reader not like me??? Well, glad you found your way back anyway!

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    10. This turned out awesome! I couldn't tell how large it was until I saw the pic of it above the fireplace. What a unique project.

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      1. Thanks! Yep, it's pretty sizable - I needed something of a larger scale in the space and this was an affordable solution because I already had the mirror and we made the frame!

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    11. Gyönyörű a vers, csodálatos a tükör, szép enteriőr! Gratulálok a tökéletes kompozícióért!

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      1. Köszönöm szépen! Aggódtam, hogy én rosszul másoltam a verset :)

        Örülök, hogy tetszik!

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    12. That is GORGEOUS!!! What a beautiful finished product...Thanks for sharing! P.S. I adore that chair and ottoman by the fireplace...So jealous =)

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      1. Thanks!! The chair and ottoman were a find from the classifieds. A woman had freshly reupholstered it, and then decided it wasn't a good fit. Her loss was my gain. I was really lucky because the apricot hue of the upholstery was perfect for my space.

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    13. Love everything about this. SO impressed with your framing skills too - that takes a lot of talent. I was in HomeGoods the other day and 90% of the artwork had words on it, and I thought to myself "I hate when there are words in artwork, it just looks so tacky..." But then I thought, "WAIT! T is the only exception!" LOL - but it's true, you put your own spin on these pieces and they look amazing - a million (trillion, billion) times better than anything I find in the home decor stores (especially in the artwork aisle where everything had obnoxiously colored birds with the words "Love" and "Chirp" on it. I'm still trying to figure out what love has to do with chirping...). The Hungarian poem is amazing - I'm going to have to stash that one away. BTW - drooling over your yellow lamp in the den - looking for 2 of those for our bedroom redo!

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      1. Thanks Erica!! I like words on art - but only if it means something or is personal somehow. There's is an abundance of kinda random wordy stuff out there.

        The lamps are vintage Lotte lamps, but you can still buy them today.

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    14. Very cool project! I love how it turned out. In fact I love the way you styled your whole fireplace! Looks great!

      ~Ellie @ beauty4ashes-ellie.blogspot.com

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    15. Tanya - it's lovely! Beautiful job and awesome tutorial! I'm going to include a link back in the DIY highlights. Thank you so much for always sharing your amazing creativity!

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    16. Nagyon tetszik az ötleted! Szerintem az egyik legszebb verset választottad ki :) Amikor megláttam a projekted a DIY Show off oldalon, örömömben sikítottam, hogy magyar szöveget látok!!
      Megnézegettem más munkáidat is és gyönyörű projektjeid vannak!
      Szép hétvégét kívánok,
      Hanni

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      1. Siza Hanni, I am going to be lazy and reply in English! I am following your blog now - you also have fabulous projects. Thank you for your kind words about my projects - I'm so happy you like this one, too! I know I picked a pretty popular Petofi poem, but I still like it and I'm glad you do too :)

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    17. Ok now i dont know if i should comment in english or in hungarian :) nagyon tetszenek a projektjeid és a nappali valami elképesztő. azt hiszem frequent visitor leszek. :)

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      1. Either Hungarian or English :) But I write horribly in Hungarian, so you will have to suffer my poorly written replies (I read & understand much better!)

        Annyira boldog vagyok hogy tetszik az projektem. A tiéd is fantasztikus! Különösen a Gotye kacsa!

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    18. Oh Tanya, I love thid DIY of yours. What better than to admire some strong words to stir ur days & brew them into lovely ones :) This is must try DIY for home decorating lovers :)

      http://lovelaughliveme.wordpress.com/

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    19. Almost forgot to tel you, m sharing your DIY on my blog. You can check it here:

      http://lovelaughliveme.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/diy-featured-fa-leszek-ill-be-a-tree/

      :)
      http://lovelaughliveme.wordpress.com/

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      1. So happy you like it and thank you so much for the lovely feature! I will be sure to add your feature to my Press and Features page :)

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    20. Fantasztikus az angol fordítása is a versnek!! És nagyon szép lett az tükör! :)

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