Ok, so anytime I fall in love with an item from House Beautiful [which is every time I read House Beautiful], I know that it will never be mine due to a severe lack of funds [those people are loaded and I am... well, not loaded]. However, once in a while I stumble onto pictures like these and know that if I roll up my sleeves, bust out my craft kit and get all Martha Stewart on it, then I might just be able to do it myself. When that happens, there’s no stopping me [unless the project fails and I end up putting it in a corner of my garage, pretending as if it never happened]. But that didn't happen this time, because here's what I created for my room.
These detail photos show the antiqued mirrors upclose- each mirror will be different.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure I will note that while this project was not difficult, I did have a couple of set-backs. Anyway, I had to change my “ingredients” and tweek this project a couple times. Nevertheless, I pressed on and now I am so pleased with the end product- an overscale 3’x 6’ mirror that cost about $70 to make [I know, not terribly cheap- but mirrors this size cost at least three times that]. Here’s how I did it:
What you’ll need:
3 boxes of plain edge 12”x12” mirrors
Muriatic acid (in spray bottle)
Black spray paint (2 cans)
Glass Adhesive (& caulk gun)
4'x8' MDF board cut down to 36 ½“ x 72 ½” (most Hardware stores can do this for you)
Here’s what to do:
Place all mirrors (reflection side down) on a drop cloth out side (near a water hose).
*Follow all directions and ESPECIALLY safety precautions on product label
**safety note** even though the mirror is intended to lean against a wall, you should still use a wall anchor system to ensure that it won’t fall (install it onto the back of the MDF before you glue on the mirrors).
Time to link-up!