Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mirror Mirror on the Wall(s)

Hey homebodies!
Let me just say I love mirrors!  When we got our first home and I was attempting to decorate with little to no budget I often found myself bringing home mirrors.  The hubs was usually like "another mirror..really.  Are we that vain?"  Well no as a matter of fact I'm not a fan of seeing myself in the mirror on most days but they are so stinkin easy to use to fill up a wall.  Especially if you don't mind seeing the reflection of the rest of the room.

About a month or so ago I ran across this picture on Pinterest.

At first I just noticed and liked the symmetry in the picture.  I have also been loving the look of having two tall pieces of art on either side of the bed instead of a piece above the headboard. "wheels" remembered the mirror we have in the kids room and I thought " I need a good reason to go to IKEA and buy
Ram Mirror

10 Bucks!

And then...I got all wacky and thought I would decoupage it with some fancy tin foil to give it the silver look without having to paint(which to me means taping and being careful not to get the mirror all funky)

Well..It was still messy and time consuming so instead I went even fancier with


Oh yes I'm classy like that.You can do anything with Duck tape right?  There isn't a thing I won't try to get a certain look quickly and cheaply;)  Did you know there is such a thing as Color Duck tape?  There are all kinds of fancy patterned ones too.  Who knew?

I know now your thinking why on earth didn't she just paint the mirror silver?  I'm thinking that now that it is all said and done myself but I like trying new approaches so I had to finish it and see.

It doesn't look too horrible does it?  Really when you think about it it doesn't have to be perfect.  These will probably be in a place that no one really gets near if they are on the sides of your headboard anyway.

Next up I needed some circles for the inside of the mirror(s).
After searching for the perfect random material I finally decided that a piece of foam board would do the trick as long as I could cut it without destroying it.

I searched for some circles..The kitchen always comes through for me here.

I then used a utility knife to cut through.  This was a little time consuming and they definitely didn't turn out perfect but I was planning on covering them anyway.

I laid them out to make sure the design worked.  You'll notice it is a bit different from the picture...Didn't have circles in my kitchen that big;)

Then I added a bit more class to the project and covered them in foil.

I brushed a light coat of copper latex paint over the circles and the mirror to patina it up a bit.  On a side note if I were taking the same approach(foil and duct tape and all) I would use a rub n buff to patina it instead.  I don't think the latex is going to hold up very well on the shiny duct tape surface.

Then I applied a thin line of hot glue because that is what I had(we shall see how it holds up)

Applied the pattern and viola!

I have seen these mirrors somewhere online for around $450!  
Don't get me wrong I am sure your $450 buys you a bit more class but hey I'm willing to be a little bit country if it saves me $435 bones.

That being said...If I wanted to do a little more work it would totally be worth it to cut some thin wood into these shapes and either stain or paint this whole project. Honestly I would recommend it if these will be in an area where people get all up close and personal to them.   But...don't you love it when you don't have to break out the power tools?

I'm linking up this project to 

The pinterest challenge hosted by 

Tip Junkie handmade projects


Donna and Sara said... Best Blogger Tips

Pretty amazing. Great job.

Marilyn said... Best Blogger Tips

This is sooo cute.. So beautiful how it turned out : )) You are so crafty Jess.. Great tutorial.. Hi girlie -- sneaking in as usual to say hello.. {please link and share this goodie at my Pin'Inspirational Party today if you have a moment.. TY TY ..Wishing you a lovely start to your weekend.. }

Lori said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, I love that you are willing to "just try it". I tried some chalk paint that I made myself recently...ha! It did work but wht a mess. I followed you....please visit me at and follow me too. Love the blog, Lori

Maggie said... Best Blogger Tips

oh wow i've seen similar for that price and i thank you for this tutorial.
Would luv for my readers to see this awesome idea, will you please join our weekly party at
have a great crafting weekend!

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow...amazing transformation! I would love for you to come share at our link
Heidi @ {Junk in their Trunk}

Evie said... Best Blogger Tips

Great job! I love how creative you were in getting the look you wanted!!

evie @ brown paper packages

Miss Charming said... Best Blogger Tips

So adventurous! I like how it turned out. (Did you make a second one to go in your bedroom?)

SAL said... Best Blogger Tips

Hardwork, talent and creativity has no price. Bravo!!

Stuff and Nonsense said... Best Blogger Tips

that's a pretty nifty idea
for creating a little mirror pizzaz
on your own

the circles and duct tape are ingenious

thanks for sharing at fridays unfolded!


South Bay Studio said... Best Blogger Tips

Well I usually prefer the rustic look, looks good. Kathi

Chris said... Best Blogger Tips

Seriously? This is brilliant! I've been looking for some similar mirrors, and I never would have had the insight for this! Thanks for sharing!

Analog Girl said... Best Blogger Tips

What creative thinking! The end result is lovely!

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it! I'm all for doing things "the red neck way" when it saves $400+ dollars!! Your mirror turned out great. I would love it if you linked up to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at


Christina said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE the creativity & resourcefulness of this project! And the finished result is great!

I featured this on my blog today! :)

I'm also pinning it here:

Come grab a "featured" button! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said... Best Blogger Tips

This is great. I love the use what you have approach!!

Glenda @ Magnolia Bend Drive said... Best Blogger Tips

Now this is what I call being creative! I love it. Ballards Designs eat your heart out!

Abbie said... Best Blogger Tips

Turned out great, Jess!

Thanks for commenting.

I'm following your blog now! : )

~Abbie (