Thursday, April 26, 2012

Make Your Own Mirror

Ever since finishing the "guts" of the Bathroom Update, I have been on the hunt for what to put on the  walls.
I couldn't get this picture out of my head
..and I thought for sure I wanted a [much smaller, not painted] version of a driftwood mirror for the long wall above the towel hooks:

 But the more I searched, the more empty-handed I came up.
I don't live on the shores of North Carolina where driftwood is plentiful and washes up on the shore by the ton, so if I wanted to DIY the frame I'd pretty much have to cross state lines.
I found a couple beautiful options online, but they were either A) Gigantic or B) more expensive than a car payment.  Since I had limited space and prefer not to place investment pieces in a bathroom, I thought I'd shelve the idea.

Then, I found this cute little driftwood frame at Gordman's for about $7.
That's what I'm talking about.
[I do love that they took so much time to place this haphazard piece of paper indicating where the "photo" should go.  Whew!  Thanks for that help, guys! ;) ]

It wasn't a mirror... but it soon would be!

Thanks to this little bit of magic in a can:

Here's how it works:

1) Take out the glass from your frame and clean it
2) Give the BACK SIDE a light coat - you want to spray the reverse side of whatever you want to be the reflective surface.  Think of it like you're spraying the back, painted side of an actual mirror.
3) In all, you're going to give the piece 5 *light* coats, allowing at least one minute in between coats for the solvents to evaporate.
**Note - this paint DOES have solvents, so make sure you really do use it in a well-ventilated area. I would avoid it altogether if you're pregnant in your first or second trimester.  I'm literally 72 hours away from my due date, so I used this outside, AND I made sure to wear a mask. **

That's it!  You just have to wait about 10 minutes for the magic to really happen, and then voila!


Catch as Catch Can
Frugal Friday

1 comment:

  1. very cute DIY mirro Emily!
    Hoping you're doing well... and that you're holding a precious baby girl in your arms.