Have you ever wondered how you can get the antique and/or patterned look on glass or mirror? Stencils are a fabulous way to add a fun decorative element to mirror or glass. And here’s the best part: You can find great glass pieces and mirrors in flea markets, antique shops and yard sales at budget-friendly prices. So no, you don’t have to spend a fortune to bring this vintage designer look into your home! To inspire your next DIY project, let’s check out these 13 glass stenciling projects that make us do a double take:
You can turn any picture frame into an antiqued mirror in the exotic bazaars of Istanbul. This project is easier and faster than it appears. In fact, you could complete it in the time shorter than it would take you to go to the airport, clear the TSA lines and board a flight to Istanbul! For the full how to, check out Give Your Mirror an Antique Look with Stencils that features our Ankara Impression Stencil and a lot of creativity!
We show how to reverse stencil glass on the underside of a glass cocktail table, and why this requires painting your layers of color in reverse – or, stenciling backwards. It is SO much more interesting than plain clear glass! You can see how painting the layers in reverse achieved the plan: a luxurious gold and black tabletop. For the full tutorial using our Marrakech Medallion Stencil, check out Learning to Stencil Backwards: How to Reverse Stencil Glass.
In this stencil tutorial we share how easy it is to create a verre églomisé finish on glass using our Clear Royal Stencil Size. Verre églomisé is a French term that literally translates to “glass gilded” and refers to the process where the reverse side of glass is gilded with gold or other metal leaf. Our Clear Royal Stencil Size, with its gel-like formula is designed to make this technique easy to achieve with any of the stencils from Royal Design Studio. For the full tutorial using our Florence Tile Stencil, check out How to Use Royal Stencil Size for Reverse Stenciling & Gilding on Glass.
Stencils are always a great way to add a unique spin on otherwise plain glass. Our large selection of stencils in a variety of design styles make them perfect for creating funky, stenciled artwork that is bursting with personality. For the full tutorial using our Tribal Batik Furniture Stencil and colorful Royal Stencil Cremes, check out DIY Colorful Glass Wall Art with Stencils.
Who doesn’t love a great IKEA hack?? The simple style makes any of their furniture pieces extremely hack-able. This IKEA Vittsjo laptop table is a very versatile little piece that can be easily tucked in to small spaces and utilized in multiple ways. It has a bit of a Mad Men feel to it, so we were inspired by the angular lines to try a reverse-stenciled glass treatment using a stencil with a Mid-Century Modern vibe; the Triangulations Furniture Stencil. Is this a cool look, or what?! For the full how to, check out Ikea Stencil Hack: Transform a Vittsjo Table with Stenciling.
If you would like to protect your countertops (who wouldn’t?), you can place a fitted piece of tempered glass onto the top. My Patch of Blue Sky knew that if she were to do that, she would definitely want to stencil it with our Stargazer Medallion design and use a verre églomisé technique to make it beautiful. To see how she did it, check out Stencil How To: Create Gorgeous Verre Eglomise Glass Art.
Plain, clear glass gets an upgrade! Our Endless Vine Furniture Stencil is used with a reverse glass stenciling technique on the underside of a dining table designed by Heather Bruno-Sears. Stenciling glass table tops is a great way to decorate the surface with style, but also to hide any imperfections, aging, and those pesky food spills! You can keep a glass dining table top looking beautiful for longer if it is stenciled.
Sea Rose Cottage decided to go with a glam and gilded stenciled effect for her mirror. Our Springtime in Paris French Lettering Stencil was the perfect pattern for this project because it creates the beautiful, vintage glam that she was going for. She also used our Royal Stencil Cremes for the metallic gilded effect. So pretty!
Hello Lovely transformed this once ho-hum mirror with our gorgeous Springtime in Paris French Lettering Stencil and regular house paint. She says that it took her only 10 minutes to do! Now that’s a quick and easy DIY project that both pros and beginners can do!
Our Paisley Furniture Stencils look fabulous on the stenciled glass table top by Just Paint It. We can’t believe how beautiful it looks after looking so worn and torn! The red of the table base combined with the copper leaf complements her decor perfectly. Bonus: when the light hits, the paisley patterns have a warm luminous glow that is stunning.
It’s a royal reflection! Old White Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and our Queen Crown Wall Art Stencil combine to create custom mirror art that is fit for a princess. This wall art would look amazing in a little girl’s room!
Metallic finishes and stencils can pair up to create custom stenciled wall art! Stenciled glass wall art beautifully adds doses of metallic touches around a room without making it overwhelming. My Patch of Blue Sky used the Feathered Damask Stencil with gold leaf to create this amazing gilded stenciled glass art.
Shabby Chic Addiction decided she was going to have her mirror in the garden — that means it will face the outdoor elements and weather! Yikes! But she knew that she could mask any future aging and damage with the help of Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and our Serenity Damask Wall Stencil. Isn’t it a lovely idea to have a patterned mirror in the garden?
Are you now inspired to use stencils for your own painted decorative mirror, glass art, or glass table? We’d love to see how your DIY stencil projects turn out! Email us at email@example.com, share them on our Facebook Page, or you can even Instagram your projects and tag us with #royaldesignstudio