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« on: July 12, 2005 11:10:45 AM »

My husband brought home a very large "curb rescued" framed mirror in great shape. I opened my mouth and told him it would be no problem to paint it up as a bar sign for his fantasy Tiki Lounge. I've got a design, but I dont know what kind of paint to use. I dont want to do faux stained glass with this design, but I'm not sure if regular acrylic won't look flat and reflect wierdly. I also will have to clean this. Has anyone had any experience with glass paints that you dont have to bake on? Sorry if this has been covered somewhere else, but I looked and couldn't find anything. Thanks!!
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2005 06:52:27 PM »

The easiest solution would be to etch your design rather than to paint it.  Then perhaps  you cold add paint to the frame, or maybe a faux bamboo style or whatnot. You could embellish with scrapbooking supplies to add more color.  If you do insist on paint, I know that there is glass paint.  Oh, I just thought of another simple and inexpensive solution....there are window and glass paints( I can't remember the name, I think it's gallery glass) that you paint on from the tubes and then they peel off when you no longer want the design.  They do work well, my mom has been using them for years.
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2005 10:28:29 AM »

Ive never seen the peel off paints "in action" but I have been tempted in the store to pick some up. I'll trust you if you say they work well then. I'm not sure about etching. My husband wants a monkey in a fez playing the bongos under palm trees.... plus the wording......that might get a bit complex for etching. Thanks so much!!
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2005 01:46:33 PM »

what about glass paints? i haven't tried them out yet, but i've seen them at Micheal's... the frosted glass / etching idea is cool too. that's one i HAVE tried.

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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2005 05:55:11 PM »

thanks so much there! I'm gonna have to save up some $$ for the ammount of colors this is gonna take... hee hee oh well..........
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2007 01:39:56 PM »

What a coincidence! I just made a bar mirror for my boyfriend. I etched the mirror because I thought it would look more classic, but painting also sounds cool. If you're interested in seeing the mirror that I did, it's posted here...

Just out of curiousity, what are you planning on painting?
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2007 10:53:21 AM »

Here's a link to a similar question where I posted my experience with glass paint.

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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2007 08:51:43 AM »

I just discovered that Plaid/Folk Art brand makes a glass and tile medium for acrylic paints. You either mix it with the paint or brush on a coat of the medium, paint, then 2 more coats to seal it. That doesn't do anything for your concern about acrylic looking a little weird on your mirror, but you could always test it out and just clean it off if you don't like the look. This stuff is so much cheaper than glass paint, especially if you already have some acrylics lying around. I don't think it would stand up to really frequent washings like on dishes, but I'm sure it would be fine for a mirror.

I've painted a couple of things with it. This soap dish is the only thing I've posted, in case you want to have a look. 

Good luck. That sounds like a really cool project.
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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2007 01:18:26 PM »

Thanks for the help there. We have just bought andmoved into a new/old house and the tiki bar ( and it's mirror) are going to be relocated to under an awning on the back of the garage. Now I get to rethink the whole thing! (plus I get to start buying even more nifty tiki stuff!)
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