Pinterest challenge: Mission Completed! We decided to DIY a sunburst mirror. Out of all the things we thought of (there were so many) the mirror seemed like the best idea. I happen to be a little obsessed with them and now I finally own one! Yay! Adam ended up doing the mirror with only a little help from me. He was quite tickled with himself and has decided to call himself ‘craft god’. Meanwhile, I decided to do something I’ve been thinking of doing for a while now. I dyed my hair. It is no longer blonde. Now I am a light auburn, or maybe it’s warm golden brown?
Here is what my hair looked like blonde.
Here I am while Adam is making the mirror behind me. I blurred out Adam and the mirror..you will just have to wait to see that below.
Here is the after.
Back to the Pinterest challenge.
I knew I wanted a gold mirror in the bedroom against the navy wall and I knew I wanted it BIG to fill up the space. I also wanted it to look as close as possible to my dream mirror.
We both didn’t want it to look like we made it ourselves..that was our goal anyway. We hoped it wouldn’t look crafty.
Once we decided what to DIY we started our hunt for the right mirror. I looked online at a few other DIY mirrors and determined that to get the most realistic looking (and by realistic I mean manufactured goods sold at a store) sunburst mirror we should buy a circle mirror that already had a frame. I scoured the Internet and found these frames at Wally-World (Walmart) but when we got there a Walmart employee told us that the stuff sold online isn’t sold in store.. Enter sad face. But once we found the ‘mirror aisle’ we spotted the exact set of mirrors we had asked him about.
Obviously employees don’t know everything, but I had hoped they knew what they had in store.
Then we saw this mirror
and we fell in love! It was the perfect size and had a nice thick frame. After we bought it we headed off to Home Depot to buy gold spray paint. And look what we spotted while we were there.
The Walmart mirrors must be a Martha Stewart knock off. They are cheaper so if I decide to do this project again I will buy the walmart ones. (Adam is thinking he might want little ones in the living room.)
Then we went to a craft store and bought wood dowels in 3 sizes.
And 3 packs of 25pcs. small circle mirrors in assorted sizes.
Once home we laid it all out and determined how far apart ea. stick should be, then Adam measured the center and drew guide lines for glueing.
After that he cut the sticks in half and started glueing them down. The hot glue created strings everywhere, so next time we probably will use gorilla glue or something stronger.
We had every other stick large and medium sizes and saved the small sticks for later.
Then he spray painted the mirror and we went to bed. We both had to get up early the next day.
The next day we sprayed the small sticks and laid them out staggering every other one an inch apart.
Then I sprayed a little spray paint onto a Tupperware lid and dipped the edges of the mirrors in the gold paint. I let them dry and then scraped off any paint from the front of the mirror. This created the illusion that the mirrors were inside a metal casing and not just bare mirror glued down to gold sticks. In photos it doesn’t make a difference, but in person it looked much better.
We glued all large mirrors to large sticks, medium sized mirrors to medium sized sticks and small mirrors to small sticks and had enough large mirrors left over to place around the middle.
Then Adam attached wire to the back (the mirror already had rings for hanging) and hung it on the wall.
Doesn’t it look so purty! I’m so in love!
I grabbed things we had around the house to decorate the dresser, but I’ll need to buy a taller lamp (that one goes on my nightstand) and maybe I will buy a candle. I love candles.
I decorated with orange books because they just popped off the dark wall. I also picked the Love Poems book just for the romance. Ooh La La. ;-D Appropriate, no?
Awhile ago (at Pier 1) we spotted this mirror we liked but thought we could DIY it better, but never got around to it.
While doing this project I stumbled upon the photo of it and thought, “Hey, Looks like we did it after all.” Then I gave myself a pat on the back.