Welcome back, amazing friends! I have a fun makeover to share today, and I’m using this one to share how to apply decoupage paper!
It’s this mirror that I’ve been hanging onto for forever:
I believe I paid $6 for it.
I just got my new transfers and decoupage papers in from Dixie Belle, and I was excited to be able to play with one of them for this project!
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I knew exactly which paper I wanted to use!
How to Apply Decoupage Paper
After removing the mirror from the frame, cleaning the frame with White Lightning, and painting three coats of Cotton, I gathered this gorgeous decoupage paper, my Clear Coat in Satin, and a small brush:
The design on this paper measures 11.81 x 12.6 inches, and each package comes with three sheets. I used almost all of the three sheets for this project.
I started in the bottom left corner of my mirror and cut the paper on a 45 degree angle:
Then I lined it up how I wanted and once I was happy with the fit, I applied a good coat of Clear Coat in satin with a small brush:
I chose to use a brush instead of the sponge for this so I could apply it just a bit more liberally.
Then, I laid the paper over the top and smoothed it down with my fingers. I trimmed the excess with a razor blade…
(I recommend using a razor knife if you aren’t experienced at handling a razor blade. I ran a surf shop for about 10 years in my youth and adding grip tape to skateboards gave me lots of practice…who knew that was a skill that would come in so handy later on?)
I continued to add paper, trying to match up the patterns as much as possible, but not stressing over it.
Once I got to the curved parts, I treated it just like I would fabric. I made several cuts around the curve and folded them over individually…
I did the same for the inside of the curves.
What I Love about Decoupage Paper
The wonderful thing about decoupage paper verses regular paper is that it allows any air bubbles to escape. And it may not look super smooth as it is going on, but it will dry beautifully. It’s almost as though it tightens as it dries and the result is a super smooth finish.
Once I had the frame completely wrapped, I applied another coat of Clear Coat on the top:
Be sure to paint the back, inside edge that will be reflected in the mirror also. Or, you can wrap paper around that inside edge, so that would be reflected in the mirror. That would probably look even better than just paint.
I gave the mirror a good cleaning before reinserting it into the frame. A layer of gunk had formed around the edge over the years. I used a razor blade to scrape it away…
I reassembled my mirror using the same backing and nail heads it had on it to begin with.
Here is my brand new decoupaged mirror:
I am SO happy with the result!
I really love how this paper gave this thrift store mirror a fresh new look!
I kept the thingys on the side that once helped tighten it to the harp of the dresser it came off. They’re part of the story of this mirror.
And can you see how smooth the final finish is??
I hope y’all enjoyed this fun project today!
I enjoyed getting one project closer to completing this huge haul!
See any of these makeovers so far at the links below:
Painting the Smalls, Holiday Edition (Five of these pieces are in this post!)
There are several more patterns of decoupage paper available in my shop. I’ve also listed the new transfers!
I’ve ordered limited quantities of each so I can see what y’all like, and then I’ll order more.
I’ll be playing with one of the transfers on my next project, this bench:
I hope to see y’all then!
UPDATE: I had some issues with this one but was able to turn it around! See it HERE now!
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