Last year, I made my friend Caroline an apartment-warming gift for her move to The Big Apple. It was a framed sign that read, “YOU LOOK GREAT” when read via the bathroom mirror. When not read through the bathroom mirror, the DaVinci-style message appears to be written in reverse and with mirror-image letters. The trick is to hang it on a wall directly opposite the mirror so that you can read it when you’re brushing your teeth or getting ready to go out. It can be a nice way to counteract self-criticisms.
I’ve been thinking about ways to spruce up our own bathroom recently, and recalled this project. I got to thinking that I kind of wanted one, too. We have a wall in our bathroom about 3-4 feet from the mirror, so it was perfect for a similar sign. I wanted it to be subtle and unique, and quickly settled on “INSIDE AND OUT.” (As in: “You are beautiful, inside and out.”)
The steps for this project are almost identical to my first Mirror, Mirror sign. Read up on how to make either of them here. There are, however, two differences in this one. First, the two frames need to be far enough apart on the wall so that your head fits between them when looking in the mirror. They may look oddly far apart on the wall at first, but it’s worth it when you or your house guests discover the secret message! Second, the frames need to be hung in reverse order. When looking directly at the wall, the left frame must read “AND OUT” and the right frame must read “INSIDE.” Capiche?
What would you write in your own secret bathroom sign? Leave your response in the comments section below!