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How-To: Whipped Mirror

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Pasyal Team

Posted on October 20, 2020

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DIY what we call the Dalgona Coffee of decor.

BY THE PASYAL TEAM

PRODUCED BY VISUAL HABIT DESIGN

Someone must’ve been really bored at home to figure out that a can of polyurethane insulation foam—a construction tool used to fill in cracks—and a tub of paint can produce a quirky piece of home decor.

Between all the plant collecting, TikTok dancing and sudden home renovations the pandemic brought about, we noticed how locked down DIYers all over the world found themselves making their own versions of the whipped mirror, also known as the cloud or foam mirror. Unapologetically trendy, this homespun creation is such social media fodder that we found it eerie how it resembles the OG quarantine trend, Dalgona Coffee, because of its cloud-like shape and internet viral potential.

Just like its edible counterpart, whipped mirrors seem to be perfect for both (decor) consumption and content creation—and hey, no sweat, we won't judge! Pasyal has always been about helping you cope with this new normal, any way you can.

Want to, er, whip up your own marshmallowy mirror? It's literally easier than making Dalgona coffee.

1. Gather your materials.

A mirror with the size and shape of your choice

A can of polyurethane insulation foam (we used one can for a 2x1ft. mirror)

A paint brush

A paint color of your choice

An old, clean rag or newspaper

(not pictured) A mask to wear, as the foam gives off toxic fumes before drying out

Create this DIY outdoors because you will need sunlight and air to dry the foam material. Lay the clean rag down on the floor or on a flat surface, as this will serve as your workstation. Prepare for the rag to be splattered by paint and foam. Lay your mirror flat on the floor (reflective side up), put on your mask and get ready.

From left to right: Davies Aqua Gloss-It Enamel Paint in Roseus, P230.50 and Hi-Tech Deluxe Brush (1 inch), P29.75, both from Ace Hardware. Mirror, recycled, find similar at Ace Hardware and Dexterton. Polyurethane Spray, reused, find similar at Ace Hardware, True Value, Handyman Do it Best and Mr. DIY

Visit Ace Hardware, True Value, Handyman Do it Best and Mr. DIY in the list of Ayala Malls branches below, and Dexterton at Greenbelt 3.

2. Lather it up.

Take the polyurethane foam and spray a few inches from the edges, all the way to the edge and around the entire mirror. There is no one way to do this, and in fact can be your exercise in creativity: spray the foam in an S direction to get fluffy, icing-like spirals, or in circular motion to achieve a cloudy and pillowy effect.

Take note that the material will expand on its own, so the shape of your foam may be thicker and more irregular than what you initially shaped. Embrace it—it adds to the unique quality of each whipped mirror, making no two final products exactly the same. The foam may also slightly overflow beyond the edge of the mirror—it's normal!

After you circle around the mirror's entire diameter, let the foam dry by leaving it untouched for two hours.

Unlike perfect pipings on a cupcake, you can be as random and crazy as you want in lining the edge of your mirror with foam...

...and it will turn out looking just as fluffy and cute!

3. Paint with your favorite color.

Gently touch your foamy frame to make sure it's hard and ready to paint. Get your bucket of paint and brush generous amounts onto the foam, making sure that each nook and cranny is covered. Your hardened foam will most likely have small cracks and cleaves—make sure all these tiny areas get a blessing of paint as well. You may opt to use a thinner brush for these hard-to-reach areas, if needed.

Leave your painted mirror to dry for another two hours.

4. And you're done! Prop it up for use or an instant photoshoot, as you wish!

Lightly touch your whipped mirror to see if any paint sticks to your skin. If no transfer occurs, you're good to go!

Dress up in a chic lounge or work-from-home look for a killer mirror selfie, or apply the funnest finishing touch to the space you've been working on at home by using it as a centerpiece.

Ta-da! Foamy Dalgona Coffee, in mirror form. Total Calories: Zero.

Visit the following hardware stores in the Ayala Mall nearest you:

ACE Hardware - Greenbelt, Market! Market! and Ayala Malls Marikina

Handyman Do it Best - Ayala Malls Marikina, Ayala Malls Feliz, Ayala Malls Legazpi, Ayala Malls Southpark and Ayala Malls Circuit Makati

Mr. DIY - Ayala Malls Feliz

True Value - Trinoma, Ayala Fairview Terraces, U.P. Town Center, Ayala Vertis North, Ayala Malls the 30th, Ayala Malls Cloverleaf, Alabang Town Center, Glorietta, Ayala Malls Cebu, Abreeza Mall, Ayala Centrio, Ayala Malls Capitol Bacolod, Ayala Malls Manila Bay and Ayala Malls Central Bloc

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