Okay, so before we begin, let’s just address the fact that clearly I am a liar. Back in January, I offered up (with high hopes, mind you) that this blogging year would be the Year of the Ugly–the year I invite you into my home, amidst chaos and full-on-project-mode, to view the raw and unfiltered behind the scenes process that occurs when a girl starts a project.
Or three or four projects. Give or take.
And then, after I promised you this portal into my creative domain, I promptly
of the earth.
This is the part where I admit to you that I am a much better DIYer than I am a DIY Blogger. Because the chaos, and the messes, the disarray and the projects galore–they were all still occurring behind the scenes. I just couldn’t get myself to stop and write about them until now.
But I am especially excited to share this faux bamboo mirror with you. This was one of those projects that left me proudly exclaiming, “I made that!”
I think most DIYers will tell you that’s a good feeling to have.
Project-I-Hate-My-Bedroom started shortly after we moved into our home. And by this, I mean, we moved in, and I pretty much loathed my bedroom. (Actually doing something about it didn’t really start until much, much later.)
This is the master bedroom before we moved in–walls too dark and ceiling blue.
Promptly after moving in, I painted the walls and the ceiling. And then, this was how it stayed for a long time. I didn’t like it. I just didn’t know what I wanted to do with it.
Then one day, I came across the following One Room Challenge by Style Your Senses, and I found my inspiration.
Inspiration is all I need to get me moving in the right direction.
Only I wasn’t about to spend $500-600 on one mirror, let alone a thousand on the two I’d need. Yikes!
So I did what all good DIYers do, and I made my own. In fact, I made two of them. And I will show you how I did it.
What You Will Need
I have to say that as intricate as this mirror looks, it was actually relatively easy to make. Everything I needed, I bought at Lowes, with the exception of my oscillating multi-tool which I already owned.
First I bought two 30 in width by 40 in height frameless mirrors. This is the type of mirror you’d find in a builder grade bathroom. I chose a mirror without the beveled edge because I knew I’d be framing it.
I also bought four pieces of half round trim for each mirror. Honestly, I probably only needed three pieces of half round, but I expected some error on my part when piecing this together and planned accordingly.
I made all of the initial cuts using my miter saw. If you do not have a miter saw, you could easily make these cuts with the oscillating multi-tool. This is the most time consuming part of the entire project because you have to measure and cut a lot of small pieces.
The following measurements are based on a 30×40 inch mirror:
Because the mirror is symmetrical, I frequently cut two pieces of half round at a time. This lessened my time and also helped me ensure that pieces on either end would be identical to each other.
The measurements in blue indicate the cuts you will need to double:
Most cuts were straight cuts.
The measurements notated in pink below indicate that one 45 degree angle cut was made. The measurements notated in purple below indicate that both cuts were made at 45 degree angles.
Please Note: When cutting angled pieces, the measurements listed above are for the longest length.
Adding Notches and Spray Painting
I’m afraid I did little to document this next process, and I apologize, but I will try to explain in words the best I can.
Once all of the cuts were finished, I used the oscillating multi-tool to score the notches that I felt would give it that bamboo look.
For the larger pieces, I scored the wood several times, leaving about 3 inches-5 inches in between. For identical pieces, I lined them up and scored them at the same time so the symmetry would match. It took about 15 minutes to score all of the pieces. It wasn’t difficult.
After all of the pieces were scored, I took them outside and spray painted them gold.
Assembling the Pieces
Both mirrors were already mounted on the wall before I added the trim. The reason behind this is because I planned to put the trim directly over the spring-loaded metal clips, and therefore had to know where they were going to be located around the mirror.
This process is incredibly simple. You will need a small level, mirror glue, and some tape.
I started with the bottom and sides. Then I slowly started adding the pieces. The glue catches relatively fast, but I used tape to keep everything in place, especially as I added new pieces.
I made sure to check each new piece with my level to make sure everything was going on straight.
Notching for Mirror Clips
We used spring loaded mirror clips to mount the mirror to the wall. I knew going into this project that my top and bottom trim would be placed directly on top of the clips when framing this mirror. In order for the trim to be able to lay flush against the mirror, I had to notch a space on the back of the trim. I did this using my oscillating multi-tool and a chisel.
This doesn’t have to look pretty as it won’t be seen at all. I just needed to carve enough wood away to allow the clip to sit behind it.
Adding the Exterior Pieces
When adding the exterior pieces of “bamboo” around the outside of the mirror, I used some scrap utility board left over from various projects.
First I glued the trim to the board. I allowed this to dry for 10-15 minutes. Once the trim had a firm grip on the scrap wood, I added mirror glue to the top of the scrap wood.
Then I slid it behind the mirror.
I used a metal ruler to press the wood scrap and all of its glue into the back of the mirror.
I repeated this process with the left side and the top.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
I am very excited with how both mirrors turned out.
I’m not quite there yet, but my bedroom is getting closer and closer to being finished.
I’d love to know what you think!