HOW TO APPLY PRIMA TRANSFERS AND CREATE A FRENCH-INSPIRED DISTRESSED ANTIQUED MIRROR… DIY STYLE!
Hi guys! Do you have a stray mirror that you don’t know what to do with? I have an amazing mini-project for you today along with a short video on How To Apply Prima Transfers.
Today’s restyle was inspired by Cecilia from Georgia who left this comment on the #siblog…
“Denise, … I am not sure about how the transfer works. …I hesitate to invest in something that I will mess up before I even get it on the piece. I have an idea!! Could you do a video showing how to apply a transfer to a small something? I bet it would be a huge hit!!… Love your work!! XOXO”
Thanks, Cecilia. 🙂 …and I totally get it.
When I don’t know how to use a product, the last thing I want to do is spend money on it and then have my first time trying it on a piece that I want/need to turn out perfectly, for instance, clients furniture… that just translates into creative pressure.
So today I’m sharing how to apply a transfer to this French Inspired DIY Antiqued Mirror.
Here’s the before and after. What do you think?
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HOW TO ANTIQUE A MIRROR::
Here are the steps to antique a mirror and then below I’ve included a short video on how to apply the prima transfer.
Step #1:: Prep and Remove Backing
I started by disassembling the swivel stand this mirror was attached to and then removing the backing so the back of the mirror was totally exposed.
Step #2:: Strip and Clean the Back Of The Mirror
Using CitriStrip (which I’m not finding on Amazon any more… if anyone knows why it’s MIA, please let me know!) I stripped off the gray backing on this mirror.
I used a plastic scraper rather than a metal one so I wouldn’t leave scratches that might be visible on the front side.
Step #3:: Distress With Bleach
Here I mixed a 50/50 ‘distressing’ solution of water and bleach in a spray bottle and sprayed it onto the cleanly stripped backing. I sprayed more around the edges and added some larger droplets to create interest. I found it’s better to start slow and repeat this process rather than go all gung-ho because once the bleach eats through the backing, there’s no getting it back.
I sprayed, waited a minute then dabbed with a shop towel. Looked at my results and repeated them. The bleach works quickly so this entire process only takes a few minutes.
Once the bleach eats through the mirror it will be transparent in spots.
Step #4:: Paint The Backing
Once I was happy with the amount of distressing and the back was 100% dry, I painted the entire back with this metallic copper.
This allows hints of the copper to show through on the front side. You can use ANY color or metallic for this step. Black, green, gold, silver… they would all look amazing.
I also painted the frame in copper and then added this black on top. This is how the copper looks peeking through the distressed areas and the frame all painted.
Step #5:: Add French Transfer
To complete the look I added this Prima Transfer onto the front.
I created this video so you can see how this mirror all comes together.
The rub-on method above is the exact same when applying these transfers to wood, metal, glass, terracotta, plastic, mirror or any surface. I hope it inspires you to give these a try. 🙂
Four down and one to go!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS FRENCH INSPIRED ANTIQUE MIRROR MAKEOVER… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
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Happy furniture painting my friends!
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