Add An Etched Border Around Your Bathroom Vanity's Mirror

Posted on: 28 December 2015

Add a decorative border around your bathroom's vanity mirror with stencils and etching cream. The following steps will teach you how to transform a plain mirror into one that is decorative and appealing to look at. 


  • glass cleaner
  • lint-free cloths
  • self-adhesive stencils
  • ruler
  • disposable gloves
  • face mask
  • etching cream
  • plastic bowl
  • mixing stick
  • paintbrushes (various sizes)
  • bucket of warm water
  • sponge
  • trash bag

Remove Residue From The Mirror And Attach Stencils

Spray a small amount of glass cleaner onto a lint-free cloth and gently rub the mirror to remove dirty residue. Dry the mirror with another cloth. Attach self-adhesive stencils around the edge of the mirror that depict the design that you would like to add to the glass. Use a ruler to help you space the stencils out evenly. 

Apply Etching Cream

Etching cream contains harsh chemicals, so put on a pair of disposable gloves and a face mask to protect yourself. Pour etching cream into a plastic bowl. Mix the cream until any air bubbles have been eliminated. Apply an even coat of etching cream to the end of a paintbrush. Fill in the stencils with the brush by dabbing the cream onto them as evenly as possible. If there are any small, detailed sections in some of the stencils, fill them in with a thin paintbrush. Wait for the cream's appearance to turn hazy. This will occur after several minutes. 

Remove The Etching Cream

Dip a sponge into a bucket of warm water and squeeze it until it is slightly damp. Move the sponge back and forth over the etching cream. Rinse the sponge out as you work to remove the etching cream that you have collected. Once all of the cream has been removed, dry the etched designs with a lint-free cloth. Remove the stencils from the mirror by carefully peeling them off. Dispose of any excess cream and materials that were exposed to the cream. 

Continue To Care For The Designs

The etched designs will add beauty to your bathroom and it can easily be maintained. Whenever you are going to clean the mirror's surface, use a small amount of mild detergent and a damp cloth to remove dirty residue. Pat the mirror's surface dry with a clean, lint-free cloth. As long as you do not use any abrasive materials or use firm pressure when you rub the designs on the mirror's surface, they will remain intact.

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