Royal Design Studio

A leading authority and creative innovator in the decorative finishing and stencil field for 20 years, Melanie Royals is the President and Creative of Royal Design Studio Stencils and Modello Designs Decorative Masking Stencils. Melanie has appeared on numerous home improvement programs on HGTV, Hallmark, and Discovery channels. She has created over 25 instructional videos on stenciling and decorative arts and authored several books, including Painted Illusions and Trompe L’oeil Murals Using Stencils.

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How to Antique a Mirror
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Add luxury and style to your home decor by antiquing a mirror with patina and oxidation. In this brief course, Royal Design Studio shows DIYers how to make a plain mirror’s texture look aged and tarnished for a chic, vintage look through an oxidation process that results in patina. Learn how to prep the surface, strip the mirror of its existing paint, and begin the patination process! Your finished, one-of-a-kind mirror will tie any room together.
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COURSE: How to Etch Glass

Learn how to create unique and elegant gifts by etching designs into mirrors and glass! This is the first of two lessons on glass and mirror etching from Royal Design Studio and gets you started by teaching you: what tools you will need; how to prepare your materials; basic safety tips; and how to apply your patterns to the mirror or glass. The techniques shown here for burnishing vinyl patterns can be used to secure any sticker or taped design you want etched into a mirror or glass.


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Need an original and classy gift? Learn to etch a custom design into mirrors and glass! This is the second of two lessons in a series on glass and mirror etching from Royal Design Studio and shows you how to create a safe workspace, how to use a trowel to apply etching cream to your glass evenly, and how to quickly remove your etching cream to avoid disrupting your design. These etching techniques can be used to frost images onto glass, slate, marble, or porcelain.


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