Hello from amazingkae!
I am writing in response to your post regarding Shoji screen replacement of mirrored doors v. custom painting.
Just as a friendly suggestion for a lead to turn to on this particular decision, I would consider calling a local sign painting company--one that still can do hand painting and murals. Check for sign painters in your local area yellow book. If you can contact them, they may have some suggestions for covering the surface so paint will adhere (as opposed to peel or flake). Sign shops who just do vinyl will not be of help--but they might be able to send you to a professional who still does free-hand art.
Shoji screens are wonderful (we have them, love them, are re-doing some and adding more). However, if you are interested in the Japanese "style", rather than THE screens you may consider painting something in a Japanese or Asian-inspired design right onto the doors.
When you talked of painting the mirror, a thought came to mind; with a mirror as a background, you may be able to craft in the mirror reflective surface as details of water... which may end up artistically interesting in your described situation. Then, you could detail the rest of the mirror as solid designs--eliminating the part of the mirror you hate but still keeping its usefulness.
I have seen this mirror/water trick done several times, and it takes a good artist--but the result may be uniquely worth it (depending on the room and related fixtures). [In addition, mirrors set flat on the ground with stones landscaped make beautiful indoor "pond" decorations in indoor Asian gardens, too--minus painting.]
Because they are doors, you may be able to easily remove them for painting, send them to an art shop, your local art school, or even remove them and do it yourself. In a weeks time and effort, you could have yourself a lovely conversation piece... and potentially added to the aesthetic value of the home.
If you happen to have Japanese or Asian designs already in mind, make sure you grid them out to conform to the sizes of the panel; if no designs come to mind, search the Internet and your local library for ancient landscape art. Either way, painting solid (as a cover opposed to Shoji screen installation) or painting as an artistic element of your home, I would think talking to a sign painter who handles paint on glass windows, walls, boat names, etcetera on a daily basis would be a logical choice to speak to for advice.
Best of luck in your endeavor, whatever your final decision. I hope this post can be of some service for some one's imagination bank (either yours or an other's)... and that your project turns out beautifully no matter what you do.
Kindest regards and have a wonderful day,
The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. ~~Frank Lloyd Wright
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