Today I’m going to show you all how to make a mirror…
out of a mirror…
Yes, ground breaking stuff around here, as usual.
I mean, I’m sure you all remember waaay back when I got all crazy and made a bookshelf out of a bookshelf right?
I know, I deserve some sort of creativity award, true story.
Seriously though, have you ever found something that is exactly the right shape or style but the color is all wrong or maybe it’s a teensy tiny bit too small, but you have your heart set on it so you are just gonna bring it home and make it work anyways?
And by make it work, I mean overhaul the whole thing, I’m gonna make this work if it kills me, make it work?
Well, I have been in search for a round mirror for our fireplace mantel for a while, but was having a hard time finding a large one that wasn’t a zillion dollars. I spotted this cute aqua mirror on a recent trip to Hobby Lobby and knew it was too small, but I just loved the shape. But, no I was going to be responsible adult and not buy the wrong thing even though it was 50% and only $30! But no, walk away Kelly, walk away.
So I did, I went home and was so proud of myself, until I couldn’t get it out of my head and started dreaming up ways I could fix it. Again, being the responsible adult I am, called my mom who was going to be near Hobby Lobby and had her pick it up for me :) Thanks momma!
Well, I got it home and no surprise it was too small. (bad iPhone photo)
I had a plan though, what if I could make it bigger? So I hit my scrap pile of wood in my garage (doesn’t everyone have a garage full of scrap wood? The Mr. hates this habit of mine.) and I found a big enough piece of plywood to cut 2 circles out of.
I used the same pencil and yarn technique I used to make the circle for my DIY fire pit cover. I cut out a circle, another round trim piece to mimic the trim on the original mirror and 4 rectangular pieces. Then I sanded them all down and glued the whole thing together with gorilla glue.
I painted it all in a base coat of leftover dark grey paint. Followed by some Annie Sloan dark wax. I finished it up by dry brushing the whole thing with white paint to bring out the details a bit more.
Boom, mirror out of a mirror people!