2010-05-12

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Here's another project for my master bedroom. The wall space above the vanity needed something spectacular. Its a big space and that poor vanity was being a little overwhelmed, but not any longer! As all of us know, large mirrors are expensive, and I, frankly, did not want to fork out the cash for one. I wanted a mirror that was as big, or almost as big, as the top of the vanity and square. With only an idea in tow, its off to Lowe's I go. :) So on to the show!

I didn't know it at the time, but Pottery Barn also had a similar idea. :) Here's theirs:
and my finished product. I like mine better....especially since mine did not cost $249.00

Stuff I used:
9 - 12" square beveled mirror tiles
4'x4' sheet of plywood
(I used 1/4" but I'm thinking 1/2" or thicker would have been better, certainly less flexible)
Mirror Mastic
Wood Glue
16' of moulding
16' of 1x2's
16' of 1x3's
Wood putty
Circular saw
Miter saw
Primer
Paint
Gorilla Tape
Clamps

How I did it:
Lay your mirrors out on the plywood, and outline the edges with a pencil. Enlarge the square you drew by 3" on all sides, then cut it out.

Center your tiles on the plywood and then glue them down with the mastic. Make sure to align each tile against each other, and having each one pressed up against the others.
Measure the outside edges of the board. Cut your 1x2's down to size using the measurements you took, making sure to miter the corners. I cut the 1x2's so that they would lie on the board with the thinner edge against the plywood, making them taller than the moulding.

Glue the 1x2's to the plywood, making sure that the edges are all flush. Clamp down.

Measure inside of the 1x2's and cut your moulding, mitering the corners, to those measurements. Your moulding will overlap the mirrors. I did this because the mirrors are not all perfectly square and I wanted to hide the imperfections. Apply glue to the underside of the moulding. I used nails and gorilla tape to clamp the moulding down until the glue set. The gorilla tape did not leave any residue on the mirrors.
Notice how the 1x2's are oriented! They're glued down the edge down. 
I cut my moulding a little short. Putty will fix it! 
Measure the outside edges of the entire piece, and cut your 1x3's the same way that you did for the 1x2's, on the vertical. Glue the 1x3's to the 1x2's and the plywood. Making sure that the bottom of the 1x3's and the plywood are flush. This will hide the edge of your plywood.

After everything is dry, fill any gaps with putty and let dry. Then sand.

Prime and paint the piece. I used some 'Ooops' paint from Lowe's. Got it for .50! Oh, and I love green painter's tape, instead of the blue stuff.....the green works better IMO.

Hang your mirror. I used a heavy duty 18"  picture hanging cleat. It holds up to 200 lbs. My mirror is not that heavy but since it was so large I wanted the larger surface area to distribute the weight.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this little tutorial. I am loving the new mirror and the effect it casts around our room. My finished mirror size 43" and cost me about $50. Such a steal for a mirror this size!
 The mirror looks so nice. Please excuse the still-in-progress-mess in the bedroom. :) 

 
 I think that lampshade needs love. What do you guys think? Please do not notice the smudgy glass.... :)

Just a close up of all the moulding and wood pieces together :)  Please ignore the laundry on our bed....at least its folded and clean. 
 I am hoping to get this revamp done. I had a hiccup this weekend in one of my plans, but I'll get into that tomorrow, after my frustration with it has died down. :)

Linking up to:
 
DIY Club


Enjoy your day!

14 comments:

BUCKSHOT said...

btw... love this mirror... i almost stole it from your house! ok not really.. but i did want it

Leslie said...

This turned out fabulous! Thanks for linking it to Hoo's got talent!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

WOW... very cool! I'm needing a large mirror for my master bedroom makeover... I'll have to put this on my list of possibilities. Thanks for joining the POPP.

Heather said...

Thank you all for the comments. This mirror was a labor of love and a lot of curse words. :) I'm so glad that she turned out well. I was nervous when we hung her up, but I am in love with the effect :)

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

Heather, Hi I'm Jan. I saw your project at the DIY Club link and wanted to see it closer. I absolutely love it. It looks so classy. Thank you so much for the instructions. It's a great tutorial! Good luck in the contest. I really like your blog and am going to follow you. I invite you to do the same. Also, I have a party on Wednesdays called the Boardwalk Bragfest. You're invited to join in at anytime!

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

Oh my goodness, this is just fabulous! Now I totally want to make one for myself. Nicely done!!

Stephanie Lynn said...

My Goodness - This is fabulous! Love the size of this piece. You did an amazing job - gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining The DIY Club this month! We greatly appreciate it! ~ Stephanie Lynn

jenjen said...

I love this project! It reminds me of a Pottery Barn one that I had been eyeing for a while. Very pretty!

Thanks for linking up to my Weekend Wrap Up Party and the DIY Club!

XOXO
Jen

Stephanie Lynn said...

Hi Heather - Your project is one of the top ten finalists for The DIY CLUB. Be sure to check out the voting post on any of the four DIY CLUB blogs. Congratulations and thanks again for joining this month!

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

Hello I'm one of your newest followers via 504 Main DIY. Stop by to see me when you get time away from one of your fabulous projects.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

What a beautiful mirror! Kudos to you for tackling such an ambitious project. :)

Nati Girl said...

Great job. Love the beveled mirrors!

The DIY Show Off said...

Great job! It's beautiful!

Roeshel

Its So Very Cheri said...

You did a great job on your mirror.

Cheri

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