Everyone please welcome my friend Kate from Thoroughly Modern . She is guest posting for me today and sharing this cute DIY Wedding Sign that she made for her wedding (which I was at). We met through our husbands who are good friends. Be sure to check out her blog because she will always have you laughing and her posts are so fun! Now here she is 🙂
Hello, friends! My name is Kate and I blog over at Thoroughly Modern. Thoroughly Modern is a lifestyle blog, since I don’t fit too neatly into a DIY, recipe, or Fashion blog–basically, I write about anything and everything. My topics include music, television, posts about our goldendoodle, and the occasional outfit post.
Recently, I’ve been working on doing more recipe posts, especially since I started Project Gryffindor, and since I’ve got some household projects I want to tackle when the weather warms up, I figured I would try out a DIY post with Emily!
Today, I’m sharing with you all a sign I made for our wedding in December 2012 (and by “made” I mean I jazzed up something I already owned with craft supplies–no carpentry talents here). I vaguely remember getting the idea from Pinterest when I saw something about spray painting over a mirror that has stickers on it. The pin itself ended up being one of those that lead nowhere, so I took the idea and made the rest up as I went along (welcome to my life).
First, assemble your materials! You will need:
- Spray Paint (don’t forget to grab one bottle for the finish)
- Painters Tape
- Letter Stickers
- Rub and Buff (optional)
- Plastic or Newspaper
I bought my other materials at Michael’s. I went with a spray paint with a metallic finish, but you can go with whatever is your preference. The stickers are easy to find, they’ve got them just about anywhere scrapbooking supplies are sold, and the Rub ‘n Buff is completely optional–I used it to spruce up the edges of of my mirror.Now that you’ve got your supplies together, let’s get started!
1. Spread your work area with plastic or newspaper–you don’t want to get spray paint everywhere!
2. If necessary, take a clean, damp rag and give your mirror a wipe down. If you bought it brand new, this probably won’t be needed.
3. OPTIONAL: Using a toothbrush or an old rag, take the Rub ‘n Buff and rub around the frame of the mirror. This will add a bit of shimmer to the frame, especially if it’s old or boring.
4. Once the Rub ‘n Buff is dry, line the edges of the mirror with painters tape. This will help you prevent the spray paint going all over that pretty frame you just spruced up.
5. Take a minute to think about where you want to place the stickers. You can mark the area off with bits of paper (or, if possible, you can cut the stickers out before peeling them off, but some products aren’t packaged that way). I like to just throw caution to the wind and line it up as I go.
6. After you’ve placed your stickers on the mirror, get ready–it’s time to spray paint! Give your spray paint bottle a good shake and get to it. I prefer to start at the top and make my way from top to bottom. Give it about fifteen minutes in between coats–how many coats you do is up to you. Once you’ve finished and the paint is dry, give it another coat or two with the gloss, to seal it in and protect the paint.
7. Take a break! You earned it. Go have yourself a coke over ice and relax while watching an episode of Parks and Rec or Pretty Little Liars.
8. Done? Okay, break is over. Get back to that mirror and carefully peel the letters off (I noticed that, on the edges of the letters, the paint kind of stuck to the stickers, so be careful you don’t pull up too much of the paint).
9. Voila! You’ve got a beautiful, DIY sign you can use for a wedding, baby shower, Galentine’s Day party, or whatever else you desire.
|Thanks to SoHo Photography for our wedding photos!|
I hope this tutorial is helpful, and thanks for having me over today!