Monday, February 15, 2010

Cheapo but Chic Full Length Mirror

Ahhh! It's been FOREVER. Sorry to stay gone so long but I had a series of things happen that kept me away from the computer... But I'm back :)  I'm so excited to share my next project with you.  This is an easy one you can have done in a few hours but it will look like it took you much longer.  I have been wanting a full length mirror so I made this.



This is how I did it.  I started by purchasing a few things that were cheap and easy to find.

I found my full length mirror in black at Walmart for $5.00... Can't beat that!



I found everything else at Lowes.  The 5 fence posts were super cheap!



The wooden scrolly was around $7.



And my wood screws were about $5 also but will last me a long time.



My first step was to cut my posts the same length.  I used my miter saw for this part but you can also use a small hand saw or have Home Depot cut them for you.  Mine were about 5' tall each after I cut them.



I also cut a piece of scrap 1x2 to anchor my posts together.  These are around $1.50 at Lowe's also.  I put all my posts good side down on the ground.  These are the tools you need now.



I ran  a line of Gorilla Wood Glue one the posts where my 1x2 would lay.



Then, I put the 1x2 on top of it and used my drill to drive a wood screw into each post.



When I was finished it looked like this.



I repeated this step on the other end and I was done.  I then used some cream latex paint to dry brush my posts.  I wanted it to look and worn.



While that was drying I moved on to the other pieces.  I taped off my cheap black mirror so I wouldn't have to take it apart.



I then painted the entire black edge with FolkArt Seamist acrylic paint that I get at Hobby Lobby.  This took at least 3 coats but they dry fast so it's no big deal.  After it was dry I added a bit of Ralph Lauren Smoke Glaze.  You just paint it on and then wipe off as much as you want with a wiping cloth or old t-shirt.





I also painted and glazed my scrolly...



Now it was time to put this baby together.  Because both my mirror and scrolly were so light I decided to hot glue it to the posts.  I just added LOTS of hot glue under the mirror to make sure it sticks.  Then, I attached the scrolly.



I really like the look of this leaning against a wall rather then hanging so my work is done.  For now, it sits in the reading area of my bedroom.  I love it!  What do you think??



















Hope you guys like it! It was a simple and cheap way to create a very custom mirror!  It's good to be back... Thanks so much!!

~Whitney

 
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79 comments:

design_aholic said...

I love it! So creative... of course! I'll be keeping this one in mind :)

Kiwi said...

looks good! I like the color choice!

Two Beautiful Girls Mommy said...

LOVE IT! I just bought an ugly full length mirror and I think this is just the face lift it needs!

Jeanette said...

So creative! Just love it.

Tina said...

Oh I love it Whitney!! This would be a perfect project for our teenage daughter's bedroom makeover. Thanks for sharing, you did an amazing job:) ~ Tina x

Laurie T said...

I totally love this...I have a cheapo mirror, and I move it from room to room and it is very flimsy so I think by doing this would stabilize it and hopefully not to heavy. Thanks for the great idea!

Nancy W said...

Love it, I don't normally like to tell folks what I would do differently for fear of offending. But, since you asked what I think. I think that if you beefed up the frame on the mirror a bit it would look even better than it does already :) You gals do great work and I'm truly glad to have found you and have enjoyed all your projects! I'm a texas gal too! Hugs from Conroe, TX!

Mama Thompson said...

I have one of those mirrors...hanging on the back of a door of an empty bedroom (I'm a little embarrassed to say) I think yours is gorgeous and it may be time for me to step it up a notch:) Love it!

Robyn said...

Very cute. I really hate mounting those on the wall - this is cleaver!

Meg said...

Wow, I love it. You've inspired me to get out the saw!

'T' said...

seriously genius.

♥Amber Filkins♥ said...

SUPER cute!! Love that idea! I could definitely see a brown & white one in my bedroom's future.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I love this mirror. I would love to try to make one for my home too. Thanks for the idea. Love & blessings from NC!

Dawn said...

Omigosh, that is super cute!!! Oh, I thought about you guys tonight when I was in the Home Depot paint section, with the new Martha setup replacing the Ralph Lauren, boohoo. :/

Cindy said...

Please if you would..explain what you mean by dry brush the cream paint..we have about 40 feet of fence to do for a beachy wedding coming up..and your paint job is the look I'm going for.

Thanks ,Cindy from Tx

La TempĂȘte said...

That's a good idea; many of us need full size mirrors and some of the ones you can buy are just plain ugly. Thanks for the tip!

Mel Tales said...

Amazing! You ladies seriously amaze me. I would have NEVER thought of that! :o)
Great job! LOVE it!

Cheryl said...

I love it!!!!! Your colors are wonderful.

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

OH SO PRETTY!!!

Nikki@kreativeknack.com said...

I'm not sure where you went? but I'm glad you are back too! This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Christine said...

Love the mirror! so creative

Barbara Jean said...

You always have the best ideas!!

thanks for showing us.

blessings
barbara jean

Tiffany said...

LOVE!!! I've been getting myself into trouble since finding your blog! ;) my husband (the bank) and dad (the handy man) are not happy with my projects! ;)

Me-O-Mi said...

This mirror is sooooo beautiful i love the style the paint the scrolly thingy, it all works...i would love to make one myself. Thankyou for shraing this.

Julie Johnson said...

Love it...this is just what my hideously ugly mirror in the closet needs!!

Bridgit said...

I think ...Martha Stewart needs to look out ...wow ...crafty crafty and CUTE! bggianakos@yahoo.com

Denise said...

Fantastic! So creative! That is creative inpiration!

Heather@PixieDust said...

that is really cute, glad you are back.

Michelle said...

Great job! I like Seamist too.

I'm going to paint my walls turquoise. I got a sample from Pittsburgh Paints called Aqua Bay. You would like it! To change up your technique a bit I painted a frame and a wooden box with the Aqua Bay, roughed them up, and glazed them with BLACK glaze. The black glaze just fits in with my black furniture better... LOVE IT.....You are my inspiration! I like using all those saws too :)

Oh, I painted a great big scolly plastic framed mirror ($4 at the thrift store) with red spray paint, roughed it, and put black glaze on it too! Amazing what adding that glaze layer does...thanks for teaching me!

Mad Sewing Love said...

That is absolutely beautiful! One of the most creative things I've seen!

handbags*n*pigtails said...

Happy Tuesday:)
Glad to see youre back! This is such a great idea.Great job!
Sarah

handbags*n*pigtails said...

P.S. can you tell me where to get the Ralph Lauren glaze? I live in a small area and we dont have a Home Depot...only Lowes.
Sarah

Patricia said...

Your tutorials are so detailed. I love that. I have been dreaming forever about a floor mirror I saw at Hobby Lobby for $259.00...I may just make one like this and put that dream on hold! Thanks for sharing another great idea!

Brittany@Superwoman said...

That would be perfect for my bedroom. If I make one, I'll link back to you!

Tausha said...

Love it! My favorite part was the glue gunning. I don't have a full length mirror-so this would be the perfect project for me. Although-I might have to hide it in my closet for a couple months-I don't really want to see the reflection until I lose at least 10 lbs! Love your blog. I stalk you often! keep up the great work-you gals rock!

Miss Obara said...

I like it a lot! This one will make it in my 'to do' pile! Great job!

Cindy said...

What a great project! So simple, too. I could do that one. I need a full length mirror and I have a great old door, maybe I could put them together hmmmm...you've got me thinking now. Cindy S.

Lee Laurie said...

I love this idea. You are so talented. I need one of these. Thanks!

Deb said...

You are a genius...it looks mah-va-lus!!!

Kim said...

I love it!!! hope to do my own version this summer-tfs!!

Miss Tiff said...

Wow! So creative. That came out really nice, I like the aged wood look.

JB said...

I really wish our weekend wasn't booked up so I could make one! Guess I'll have to wait a few days. Great idea!!

Hanneke Nelson said...

Love it! I am going to have to get some RL glaze. It appears my life is not complete without it...

Sunshine said...

This is fabulous...I have been needing a full length mirror and hate how ugly they are to get one for a decent prices...this fixes that! Thanks for sharing!!!

tonya said...

I love it! I've been wanting a full-length mirror, but wanted something different. This is perfect...yay!!!

These Foolish Things said...

Chic......and simple
Love it !!!!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I love this! What a great way to dress up the mirror. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

Amy Kinser said...

I think it's great. It looks like something I will have to try. Thanks. Amy

CIELO said...

Wow... I love it! It looks awesome... I learn so much from you! thanks for sharing your creativity with us...

cielo

Me said...

awesome love the green with the glazing...

Katie said...

What a creative way to dress up those mirrors! I have one sitting in the back of the closet ... I might have to it drag out again ...

b e c k y said...

what a great idea for a cheapo mirror!! i totally am going to do this! :) thanks for the wonderful idea!

Heidi said...

Shanty...yet, SO Chic!!!

julie said...

I am totally going to make one this week. My daughter has this mirror sitting in her room! Thanks for the inspiration.

MEGMAC said...

Love your whole site! Great work!

Christy said...

Thank you for this blog! I have some old '60s style furniture that I have been wanting to update, but figured the cost would be too expensive. I am so inspired by your blog that I'm going to start working on the projects this summer.

I also appreciate how simple and easy your projects are. I feel liberated to have nice things for my house without breaking my budget at Pottery Barn.

Lora said...

DARLING! Thanks.

Kimmie @ live fancy. said...

GENIUS! Thank you for the inspiration!!

Carmie - the Single Nester said...

Looks fantastic!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I ♥ that mirror... you are so creative!

Pippi Longstocking said...

Love this! Can't wait to borrow your idea for my own cheap full length mirror. It'll look great in a nursery. :)

Kara said...

Just beautiful! I have got to get me some of that Ralph Lauren glaze. I love it every time you show it on a project. :)

Taija said...

Amazing! Adorable! I love it!

MelanyTN said...

Seriously? That is awesome! I really, really love it.

Lolly said...

Adore this mirror! I'll be adding this to my list of projects for the new home.

Kristian said...

Thanks for the idea, my daughter will love it for her future home. One note though, and no I usually don't do this, but you used fence "Planks" not "Posts". Posts are the poles that go in the ground for fencing.

Live the Home Life said...

Great job! Hopefully I can try this project on for size very soon!

-Cara @ Live the Home Life

Connie said...

Fabulous! I...Must...Make...This!

Thanks for sharing all of the details that went into this project.

Pat said...

I love this!! Great job ~ and my kinda price.

Peridots Garden Blog said...

So Beautiful! Thanks for the detailed tutorial!

Sandy

amberdawn said...

I love it! Absolutely Love It!

~Moondust Marita~ said...

LOVE IT!!!! Such a great idea. Have one of those mirrors also and boring!! Might have to do something cute with it now that I seen your post!
Thanks for the inspiration!

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

What a great idea! It turned out so amazing. I might have to try this with my boring mirror. :) Great job!!

Midwestern gone Idahoan said...

I am so going to have to try this!! I love it!! I am going to post it on my blog!! Thanks!!!

http://midwesterngoneidahoan.blogspot.com/

Katie said...

I saw this mirror over at "Be Different...Act Normal." I LOVE it. So gorgeous!

Merrie said...

Cute idea! Did not know that you could buy the scrolly things at Lowes. 20 years ago when we got our first one we had to special order it from a renovator. I'll have to go check it out.

L~ said...

THANK YOU!!!!
I have 2 of those darn mirrors leaning in the hall, waiting to be taken to the dump!
Not anymore- :)
I'll keep one & gift one!
Awesome idea, thanks again!!!
L~

Funky Junk Interiors said...

This project is not only cool, it's easy to do! I've put you on the SNS sidebar for the weekend. Love it!

Thanks for linking it up to SNS!
FJ Donna

the new Mrs. C said...

Very cool and creative idea. Can't wait to have the time to look around your blog!

 
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