I am so glad to be back in action and participating in this month’s DIY Challenge! This one was particularly fun because our theme for April is dollar store creations. There are so many odds and ends to choose from at the dollar store and coming up with something to create was a fun task.
I ultimately chose something that I have been wanting to make for a long time- a windowpane mirror! We’ve all seen the gorgeous Pottery Barn Eagan mirror. That was my inspiration for this project.
All I needed was a few dollar store mirrors, some scrap pieces of thin plywood, and some Liquid Nails glue.
First, I glued all of the mirrors to the scrap plywood. I didn’t have any larger pieces of wood on hand, and in the spirit of keeping things inexpensive, I just decided to glue the mirrors in rows of four onto two pieces of thin plywood.
I let that sit overnight with some weight on top to help secure everything nice and flat.
The next day, I spray painted the frames of the mirrors with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. Now, here’s where things got a little hairy. At first I decided that I was going to cover the mirrored part by taping over it with painter’s tape and paper. But I was running out of time and couldn’t find my tape so I just sprayed right over those babies, uncovered, and thought I could remove the paint with a razor blade once it dried. I don’t have an actual picture of this part because I was about two seconds from pulling my hair out and my hands were cramping up from all of the scraping. So I decided to just paint you a little picture.
Do yourself a favor and take the time to tape up the mirror. Or even better, buy mirrors with black frames. Lucky for me, my store didn’t have any on hand. Perfect. It was a heck of a job scratching every last bit of paint off with my crappy box cutter razor, but in the end I prevailed. A few swipes of nail polish remover and a couple spritzes of Windex and those mirrors were sparkling! If you do decide to repeat my shenanigans, just make sure you scrape carefully so that you don’t scratch the mirror or possibly break it.
After all was said and done, I mounted each row of mirrors to the wall using the hangers that were already installed on the two top mirrors. Easy peasy! I love how it looks like it’s one piece but really it’s two, split right down the middle.
I am more than likely going to go back and re-do the mirror to my specifications because I am a perfectionist and every tiny detail gets to me. Those little imperfections will call out to me from across the room, I swear. But I still think it’s a great and inexpensive alternative to the look I’m going for. And for a grand total of eight bucks, it’s a great statement piece.
I hope you all enjoyed my little windowpane mirror! Be sure to check out all of the other girl’s projects below. They rocked it this month! I absolutely love being a part of such a creative and inspiring group of ladies.