I probably would have passed up this old mirror tray had I not seen one transformed by Carol at The Polka Dot Closet. This mirror was in good vintage shape, but the metal frame had started to rust. It needed to be rescued!
I primed and painted the frame with white paint.
It still looked a little plain to me and I remembered that a couple of months ago I had picked up a jar of Armour Etch glass etching cream.
Now seemed like the perfect time to put it to use. An etched design on the mirror sounded like the perfect touch.
I read the instructions on the jar and it said to use stick-on vinyl when etching the design on the glass. There was no vinyl in my house…..What to do? I really wanted to finish this project. Think, think, think …..What about wide scotch tape? I didn’t want to mess up my tray, so I found a small compact with a mirror on top and gave the tape a test run.
Going back to the mirror tray……. I adhered a piece of wide tape to the mirror, traced the design using a stencil and cut out the design.
Then I globbed on the Armour Etch.
It said to wait five minutes and then wash it off.
But I wasn’t quite done. The back side of the mirror tray was just boring gray cardboard, so I attached a pretty piece of craft paper to the back and now it’s almost as pretty as the top side.
Have you ever used etching cream?
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