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DIY: Nate Berkus Inspired Mirror

diy black and white chevron mirror

Ready for another crazy DIY?!?  Would you believe me if I told you this mirror is made of the following:  $1 plastic plate charger / an old shoelace / a mirror tile from IKEA* / Sharpie marker / Paint Pen.  I only spent $1.00 on this project and that was for buying the plastic charger!  Everything else was found on a treasure hunt in my garage.  [*I checked IKEA’s website for these mirror tiles and do not see them for sale.  I did however see that Hobby Lobby has craft mirrors for $3.99]

I picked up a gold plastic plate charger at Michael’s and glued the mirror tile onto it using Gorilla Glue.  I was a little heavy-handed with the glue and the next morning I had foam leaking out everywhere!

diy black and white chevron mirror using plate charger

diy black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

After I chipped off most of the crunchy glue boogers I was left with this ugliness and the dilemma of how the hell to make it look decent.  Let the garage rummaging begin!

black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

First off, I found this old shoelace in some dusty corner of the garage and covered up the messy glue residue.

diy a black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

This is loooongest shoelace I’ve ever seen, but I’m sure glad we had it on hand.  I thought about leaving it as is, but pushed myself to make it something gorgeous.  So out came the black Sharpie!

make a diy black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

make your own diy black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

I love chevron, especially black+white chevron.  So…a chevron mirror I was to have!   I free handed this ENTIRE design, but it’s easy if you let any fear or hesitation go.  I started with a zig zag pattern around the edge, then filled the lines in a bit to give them more weight.

diy your own black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

Once that was done, I brought out my white Painty pen and added now a white zig zag adjacent to the black one.  I kept repeating this process…

make a black and white chevron mirror using plate chargers

Black zig zags

make a diy black and white chevron mirror using plate chargers

Then white zig zags

make a black and white chevron mirror using plate charger

make a diy black and white chevron accent mirror using a plate charger

Almost done!

make a black and white chevron mirror using plate chargers diy

Once my zig zags reached the shoelace I simply colored in the triangles and it was done!

making a diy black and white chevron mirror using a plate charger

make a black and white chevron mirror using plate chargers diy

I took these pictures at night thus explaining the yellowish tone to the pictures.

diy a black and white chevron accent mirror using plate chargers

AND HERE SHE IS!

diy your own black and white chevron mirror using plate chargers

I decided it looked best in our master bathroom on top of the chunky shelves I recently made [stay tuned for that tutorial!].

black and white diy chevron mirror using a plate charger

making diy black and white chevron accent mirror using a plate charger

I would say this mirror took about 1-2 hours to make, not including glue drying time.  It’s such a fun project and I think the results are pretty amazing.

diy black and white chevron mirror

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DIY Sculpture Pedestal

diy sculpture pedestal using things on hand

I’m back today with another quick DIY that came to my mind after stumbling upon this beautiful image…

shelves styled with baskets

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What caught my eye immediately was the simple tree branch decoration on her shelf.  I thought, “I bet I could make one using all the crap I have in my garage of those!” Believe it not the challenging part of this project for me was finding a tree branch as ornate as the one she has!  So I used a piece of driftwood I had on hand instead.

To start, I corralled my supplies+materials:

make your own sculpture pedestal

The wood block measures 5.5″ x 5.5″ and wood dowel is 5/8″ thick and 7″ tall.

diy sculpture pedestal

(I patched some holes on this block so it would be smooth – it’s been laying around our house forever!)

Since my dowel is 5/8″ thick I used a 5/8″ spade drill bit (duh!) to make a hole in the center of my block; then I filled up the hole halfway with wood glue.

make a sculpture pedestal

Insert your dowel so it’s nice and snug.

diy make a sculpture pedestal

My little “Price is Right” model demonstrating for you.

diy sculpture pedestal using scrap wood

Once the glue was a bit dry (apx 30 mins) I gave my piece a quick spray with flat black paint.

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To add a bit of pizazz I grabbed some small gold L-brackets and decorative antique brass tacks and attached them to each corner.

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diy a sculptural object using objects around the house

The last step is to attach any decorative object to the top.  Like I said, it was challenging getting my hands on an ornate branch (we live in a fairly new development and the trees around my house are just babies) so I chose this fun shaped piece of driftwood instead.  We have had this forever (pre-kiddos) and I still love the fact that it looks like an antique shoe form.  I used some Gorilla Tape on the bottom to attach it, as I don’t want to damage the driftwood.

There you have it…another quick, inexpensive DIY project today!  Please come back soon as I have two projects [one I actually FINISHED] in the works that are pretty cool [I said so modestly!].  :-)

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turn any picture into a mirror

diy-change any picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

If you’re anything like me [stockpiler-of-just-about-anything-decor-related] then you have a small stash of picture frames around your abode collecting dust.  Some of mine are a bit outdated, but for whatever reason I hung onto them.  I came across this picture frame in my son’s closet recently and I know why I never got rid of the frame…

diy turn any picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

It seems like yesterday my husband was holding him in one hand.  sniff. sniff. sniff.

Before you start thinking I’m awful for even thinking about changing this, just know that I have plans to display these sweet pictures in a unique way [stay tuned].   Before I toss anything out I try to either re purpose it, or paint it, or give it a whole new look.  I decided to turn this frame into a mirror for my daughter’s room instead.  As you may know by now, I’m all about quick+easy DIY’s and this one is no different.

diy turn a picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

I’m sure you all have heard of Looking Glass spray paint by now and I think it’s still pretty amazing what it can do.  [click here to see my spaghetti jar makeover]

diy turn a picture frame into mirror using looking glass spray paint

To start I popped out the glass from the frame and gave it a good wash with a 50/50 mixture of water+vinegar

diy_change any picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

Once dry I gave each piece of glass a couple coats of Looking Glass paint and here’s proof that this stuff can turn glass into a mirrored surface…

diy_change a picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

After one hour I put the mirrors back into the frame and hung up our new mirror in my daughter’s room

diy change any picture into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

I added a couple paper butterflies and “K” for her name to personalize it a bit. She’s 6 going on 16 and loves to put on play make-up so her desk now doubles as a vanity.  This mirror is just enough to allow her to play dress up.

change any old picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

There you have it!  A short post today for a short and fun DIY!

diy-change any picture frame into a mirror using looking glass spray paint

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