Like many of you, I am a Pinterest FANATIC. I spend at least 30 minutes before bed searching and pinning. There was a tiled mirror project I had my eyes on for the longest. On Sunday, out of shear boredom, I decided to give it a go. My first attempt required only mirrors, duct tape (I tried Gorrila tape too), a foam board, and glue. Let’s just say it was an EPIC FAIL!!!
I had taped and glued just as the model I was using did, but for some odd reason, mine fell apart. I forgot to photograph the final project, as I was heated that it did not turn out as I expected. My son chimed in, and said ” Ohh mommy, that’s not working”. I just laughed and cleaned the mess up. That night, I searched and found a better, it was better for me, tutorial.
Here’s the link to the first tutorial, perhaps you’ll have better go at it than me. http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/06/make-a-pb-inspired-tiled-mirror/
Fast forward to Tuesday, and I’m ready to try again. This time I was equipped with my mirrors from Dollar Tree, oak plywood from Lowes, a hand saw (also from DT), wood molding (purchased at Lowes), wood glue, super glue, Elmers Glue All multipurpose glue, and spray paint. I measured the length and width of the mirrors after I took them out of the funky frames they came in. Next I measured my plywood to the exact length I needed. I had a friend use a straight saw to cut the wood to the correct length. The piece of board that was cut, I used as a back to support where I used the wood glue to attach the boards together.
I don’t have as many pics as I’d like, as I was excited to get this over and done with.
Once the boards were secured, I measured to border or the plywood with my wood molding. This is where the hand saw came in handy. I cut the molding to the necessary lengths needed to complete the border. Remember to angle the cuts on the ends of each piece, so they’ll form a corner. I used the wood glue to secure the molding into the plywood. Once that had dried, I measured and secured the longer pieces of molding needed for the columns.
Once the two pieces were dry, I took a mirror and are sure I had place the columns far enough apart. I measured each row and cut with my hand saw. As I cut each piece, I made sure to check whether or not the mirrors would fit properly.
I was on a roll
After all cuts were made, I glued these pieces down with wood glue. Next I put the mirrors in, without securing them, to make sure it was all even. I broke a mirror in the process. Luckily they were only a dollar.
Voilà! I had successfully completed the frame.
I then took a wet towel and wiped away any dried, smudged, and extra glue. Time to spray paint! I stayed one coat of paint onto the frame.
I let it dry for about 30 minutes. I stopped to eat at this point. I then came back with another coat of spray paint. Once that application dried, I spayed a clear gloss on to give it a slight shine.
Time to finally secure the mirrors. I used super glue on the corners on the mirrors, and the all purpose glue on the rest of the body of the mirror. Be careful to get as little glue as possible on your frame.
Mirrors on, and I’m in love!
I left it all to dry overnight, to ensure that it would dry completely. The next morning, I was equipped with Windex and paper towels for the most tedious part of this craft; thoroughly cleaning excess glue. Cleaning the glue well took at minimum 45 minutes.
All cleaned! As you can see, I have another project in progress.
Here’s the link to the tutorial that worked for me. http://theletteredcottage.net/eagan-mirror-tutorial/
I’ll come back with more pics once I put the mirror in its intended place. Meanwhile, have I mentioned how much I love it? I’m proud of myself as well.
Thanks for taking the time out to read my experience. With the next project, I’ll try to be more detailed.
**UPDATE** Where I had intended on hanging the mirror, I simply leaned it against the wall. I put various wall art in the wall above. I’m just fearful of the mirror falling and shattering.
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