I didn't know it at the time, but Pottery Barn also had a similar idea. :) Here's theirs:
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)
16' of moulding
16' of 1x2's
16' of 1x3's
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.
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!|
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. :)
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