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DIY Painted Mirror and Wooden Notebook Using Metallic Paint

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This DIY painted mirror and DIY wooden notebook crafts are brought to you by BeyondPaint.com, but all opinions are my own.


This week it felt so good to finally do a project (well, actually two projects!) that didn’t involve hours of planning and stressful ripping out of my hair. HA!

I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately, too, so it felt nice to have simple projects that can get done in about 1 hour or so.

I’ve been working with Beyond Paint for several years now, using their paint in various furniture makeover projects, and I’ve come to love it because it’s got what I call “spreadability.” I find it to be one of the easiest and quickest paints to use.

 

Recently, they sent me their new Metallic Collection paints (Metallic Silver, Metallic Bronze, and Rose Gold) to try out, and let me tell you–I squealed when I opened them! I kid you not. I got so excited I emailed the company and was like, “OMG, I am dying over the Rose Gold!”

 

Beyond Paint Metallic Collection

 

I’m not a heavy metallics kind of girl. In fact, I don’t think I had ever painted anything metallic. But this Rose Gold was phenomenal. It looked exactly like my Rose Gold iPhone! 😉

I had this really cute mirror in my garage for about 2 years now. I found it at the thrift store but didn’t know where to put it or what color I really wanted to paint it.

Black was too harsh for such a pretty mirror.

White was too….bleh.

And I don’t do a lot of POPS of color, so I didn’t want that.

But metallic Rose Gold??

My gut screamed “Yes!”

And you can see why!

BEFORE

 

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AFTER!

 

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My first thought was that I wanted to layer the paints and see how the Rose Gold would look with the Metallic Silver.

So I decided to paint not only the mirror but I cut out a DIY wooden notebook (you can find the complete tutorial here) to see how it would look with a pretty stencil combination of the two colors.

OMG….love, love, love!

 

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Normally, the Beyond Paints come in quart containers. But these ones are smaller half-sizes.

You would have enough paint to do small pieces of furniture, like nightstands. But you’d need two containers to do larger pieces of furniture.

Their small container size, though, makes them perfect for these types of crafts and smaller projects, too.

Ahhhh…..that shimmery Rose Gold!

(…Did I mention that I’m in love with Rose Gold…??) 😉

 

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Materials

So to do these two projects, here are the things I needed:

 

STEP 1: Clean Up and Tape

Beyond Paint sticks to virtually anything, including wood, metal, previously painted surfaces, masonry, and you can even use it outside.

But before you can use it on any of these surfaces, you should clean the surface first. I always recommend using Simple Green as a degreaser.

 

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STEP 2: Grab a Brush or a Roller

The Beyond Paint folks recommend using a roller with its paint to prevent brush strokes or roller marks. I started with the brush but realized that the roller worked better at applying the paint to the mirror.

If your projects are in good condition, there isn’t any sanding or priming needed. Just open the jar, pour into a tray, and start painting!

You’ll notice the first coat looks a bit blotchy. That’s normal with most furniture paints. It will need two coats, so don’t worry. Just keep painting!

 

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STEP 3: Smush the Paint Into Cracks

Eventually, you’ll come to areas where you’ll need to get the paint into the little cracks and crevices. Simply take a brush and smush it in there.

 

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STEP 4: Let It Dry, Then Add Another Coat

You’ll definitely need two coats, so let it dry thoroughly before applying the second coat.

This was a good time for me to work on the DIY wooden journal (see below).

 

STEP 5: Remove the Tape

I generally don’t wait for paint to dry before removing painter’s tape. I find it’s easy to remove when paint is still slightly damp.

That’s what I did in this case, too.

When the paint dries, however, it’s easier to go over the mirror with a small razor blade scraper to remove the paint.

 

Metallic Painted Mirror - Removing tape

 

STEP 6: Add Embellishments

I actually didn’t think to do this until afterward, but I realized how beautiful the Rose Gold looked with the Metallic Silver.

I decided to take a paint brush and create a highlighting around the edges with the Metallic Silver.

It looked really good!

I like how in this picture you can see more of the pretty pinkish color! Some of the other pics look washed out.

 

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I slapped on a quick coat of Metallic Silver on the back.

I wasn’t going to paint the back, because who’s gonna see it, right? But it’s a shame to make something so pretty, then to turn it around and see an ugly back. LOL

It didn’t take but a couple minutes to brush on a quick coat.

I just had to be careful that the silver didn’t drip down the sides onto the Rose Gold.

 

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Afterward, I left it fully dry.

 

How to Stencil the Wooden Journal

If you remember, I made a wooden journal last year, but it was stained and, while lovely, a little boring. LOL

I much prefer the painted ones because you can get so much more creative with it! (I gave my mom, niece, and nephew wooden journals for Christmas last year and they loved them!).

So click over to that post for instructions on cutting out the 1/4″ birch plywood with a jigsaw and drilling the holes for the binder rings.

 

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STEP 1: Paint Two Coats of Rose Gold

I just used a brush, but you can use a roller if you’d like.

The paint looked smoother with a brush. I found that the metallic over-emphasized the texture when using a roller. I wanted a little texture, but not as much as there would have been with a roller.

So the brush worked best on the DIY wooden journal.

 

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STEP 2: Stencil on the Front

I have used my favorite stencil in soooo many projects, I think I’ve lost count! That’s because it’s beautiful and makes any painted project that much better! (Click here for more information about this floral stencil).

It’s best to use a stenciling brush or a foam brush for stenciling, but I didn’t have either, so I used a regular brush with the Metallic Silver paint.

RESOURCE: Click here to read my post How to Use Stencils: A Complete Guide.

 

Stenciled wooden journal

STEP 3: Add the Paper and Binder Rings

I used a 3-hole punch to add some blank computer printer paper to the wooden journal, along with some of my project plans that I have laminated.

Sometimes I forget exactly how I did a project or my notes on each project, so I wanted to create this cool wooden journal to keep track of it all!

 

Stenciled wooden journal held together by binder clips

 

STEP 4: Add a Top Coat, If Necessary

Beyond Paint paints are self-sealing and you don’t need a top coat in most cases. However, they do offer a sealer if you want to use it.

I skipped the sealer and just left the wooden journal with the stenciled top.

It turned out so cute!

The shimmery Metallic Silver was the perfect complimentary touch!

 

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Let’s have another look at these fun, easy projects:

BEFORE

 

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AFTER!

 

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I’ve got this mirror hanging in my foyer!

I would have taken a wider angle shot, but you seriously don’t want to see the rest of my foyer! LOL. It’s a mess!

BEFORE

 

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AFTER!


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I think Rose Gold and Metallic Silver are my new favorite paint color combinations. 🙂

 

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Beyond Paint Metallic Collection of Paints

 

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Using metallic paints for craft projects!

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So do you love metallic paints? And if so, how do you use them in your crafting? Leave a comment below and let’s chat about it!

Be sure to head over to Beyond Paint to check out this fun new Metallic Collection!

 

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18 Comments

  1. Serena, that mirror is perfect and I like your wooden notebook covers. What fun. NOW I know which product I’ll be using in my tiny bathroom makeover, especially for stenciling the side of my claw foot tub and maybe on the new itsy bitsy corner sink. Oh! and maybe for the mirror above the sink, too. Can’t wait to get to that point in the reno. Going to their website, now.

  2. JaneEllen says:

    You sure are a you tube star, so natural and beautifully done. Both are wonderful projects look fantastic. I love stencil you used on small dresser drawers, think I might have to get that stencil, is gorgeous. Love idea of journal you made, would like to make one for my crafty artistic grand daughter.
    Out of 5 grandkids is only one who is artistic and loves to do different crafts. She recently taught herself how to embroider and is inventing new stitches, patterns. Has been making herself some clothes also., she’s 17.
    Always enjoy your posts Serena, they are wonderful and delightful like you.
    Happy daze

    1. Hi, Janeellen! I bet that makes you happy to see one of your grandkids being the crafty one! It’s so heartwarming to see a young child love creating. Hopefully she’ll go to college and study something crafty instead of getting caught up onto a career she doesn’t love “just because” people think you can’t be creative and earn a living. Tell her to start a blog!! Seriously! 🙂

      Thanks for commenting and leaving such wonderful feedback! Makes me day!

  3. Serena you are a born YouTube star! Your video was fantastic even if Siri doesn’t understand! Love the colors and the accented silver you added to the blush. Great projects both of them.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    When you first said rose gold , I went “yuck”, but now, when I see it I’m like “WOW”! I love Beyond paint, and I have you to thank for it. Now you have me wondering about my mother-in-law”s lovely, but old and gold wall mirror. Darn you Serena, I’m in the begining ( you know, all that planning and thinking and measuring and worrying) of putting in a wood floor in the dining room and maybe some simple wane coating. Stop putting these great ideas in my head! (Actually, please don’t ever stop.) Glad to see you at home and having fun.

  5. Karen Lorenzo says:

    We live about 4 hours South of Portland. I try to stay out of the city at all cost. To many people there for me. But if you ever make it to Roseburg or Eugene-Springfield, then I could be talked to coming in to town. I am very anti-social.\

  6. Great projects that turned out lovely! I’m glad you’re doing some small, fun things after the bathroom marathon!
    I’m not so big on metallics, but I could go for the Rose Gold! Definitely will have to put that in the soup pot on the back burner and let it simmer for a while. I’m still looking for a picture frame to make a bulletin board above my desk area, so that might work, especially since pink is my favorite color and I don’t have to please anyone other than myself. Thanks for sharing with us!
    Can you give some more detail on your Portland trip? I’d like to figure out if I can meet up with you. Weather has a lot to do with it–I usually only drive locally after dark, and definitely not when it’s rainy, because of cataracts in both eyes. Eventually they’ll be removed, but that will be a while yet. It might be possible to stay overnight as I have a couple other matters I need to take care of if I can make it up there. Regardless, I’m sure you’ll love Portland and the Northwest!

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