How to Make a Mantra Mirrorcomments (7) January 26th, 2009
After a rocky start to the new year, my friend Sandra Watson (an amazing event planner and seamstress) came over to my place last week to help me improve the feng shui of my apartment. I can’t do anything about the fact that the toilet is in my prosperity corner, but I have been working on improving my relationships/love corner and my bedroom (interestingly, my fame/reputation area; go figure). I moved the mountains of magazines and books out of the bedroom and replaced them with a saucy burgundy lamp. It’s important to bring a bit more red into the bedroom. I found a mirror that my mom had given me tucked behind a door. It was sort of plain Jane, with a rectangular wood frame.
It’s at about this time that the lightbulb appeared above my head.
I would paint the mirror red!
And then I realized that I needed to whip up a Valentine’s Day project for CraftStylish. I’m a bit down on love at present, having just gone through an unexpected breakup (rocky start to the new year and all). So instead of coming up with hearts and flowers, I thought the love should begin at home, meaning with me, for me.
Originally, I thought I’d tole paint song lyrics or quotes around the restyled frame. But three things happened to change my mind. First, I accidentally took Vicodin instead of Ibuprofin and got nauseous and sleepy. Finishing this project on time became an issue. Second, the frame was curved and beveled and didn't really have a good surface to paint a message (and my handwriting is pretty bad even without this challenge). Third, after the Vicodin wore off, I brainstormed with a friend and came up with an even better idea. Cue the lightbulb.
Using lipstick or dry-erase pens, I created a mantra mirror, a place where I could change up empowering or loving messages to myself as needed. Happy Valentine’s Day to me.
- Mirror with wood frame
- 150-grade sandpaper
- Edging or masking tape
- Small, flat paintbrush for primer and base color
- Acrylic paint (I used Homefront interior satin acrylic paint, color 17207 red spice)
- Paper plate
- Deft satin polyurethane spray varnish
- Dry-erase marker or lipstick
Step 1: Lay down newspapers on your workspace. To prep your frame for paint, sand the frame until smooth with sandpaper. Wipe with a damp cloth and let dry. With edging or masking tape, tape off the edges of the mirror to prevent any primer or paint from spilling onto the mirror’s surface.
Step 2: Use a flat brush to paint a coat of primer evenly on the surface. Allow to dry (about 1 hour). Repeat if the surface color is still showing through. Again, let it dry. Clean your brush after each use with soap and water.
Step 3: Paint a base color all over the surface. Allow to dry (again, about an hour between coats), and paint a second coat. Let dry thoroughly. Cover the mirror with newspaper, then in a well-ventilated area (i.e., outside), spray a clear varnish over the frame to protect your paint job. Let dry.
Step 4: Now the fun begins. Think of a fun quote, mantra, or song lyric and with a dry-erase marker or lipstick, carefully write it across the top or bottom of the mirror. Hang your mirror and admire the beauty within.
A few mirror-worthy phrases:
- Love the one you’re with
- Living well is the best revenge
- Love is in the air
- Go big or go home
- Live out loud
- Change starts now
- Here’s looking at you, kid
- Who’s the fairest of them all?
- Live abundantly
- I’m 32 flavors and then some
- This one goes to 11
To change your mantra, use dry-erase remover spray or window cleaner and a paper towel to clean the mirror.
What would your mirror say to you?