You wouldn’t know it by looking at my house, but I actually dislike mirrors. I mean, I think they’re pretty and great for bouncing light around a space but I don’t like seeing myself at every turn. My mom always told me growing up that if you want to feel good about yourself then only look in the mirror in the morning and then avoid them for the rest of the day. I totally get it now. Every time I see my reflection staring back at me it makes me cringe a little. I’m not yet 30 but I can see my face is running a little ahead of schedule. It doesn’t make it any better that my husband has “stretchy skin” (seeeeriously. Its like he was infused with flubber in the womb) and there are yet to be any signs of wrinkling on his perdy face. Good thing he’s at least losing his hair. Or I might have to get botox.
Anyway, despite my disdain for my own reflection at present, I did make another diy sunburst mirror to grace the top of my mantel. Luckily this ones too high on the wall to catch me. ;) I rather like it too. As long as it keeps its distance…
Also, be sure to check out my post on DIY Faux Wallpaper to learn how I created the birds and clouds wall treatment.
Cost: $25 give or take
- A large round mirror. The one I found was 20”, framed, and from Walmart for $10.
- Long and short packs of wood shims. I got about 3 packs of short and 2 packs of long and had leftovers.
- 1 18” (or so) wooden wreath form. I found mine at Michaels in the floral department.
- Wood stain. I used a brown stain and then a little bit of black stain (I assume you could also use watered down craft paint in place of black stain).
- A glue gun.
- Misc. supplies: rags, picture hanging kit, etc.
Okay, follow me…
Lastly, glue the mirror onto the shim wreath you’ve just created (I used hot glue to do this as well since my mirror frame was plastic which makes it pretty light. For a heavier mirror you might want to try Liquid Nails instead). Then hang it up and admire it from afar…
I really like how it turned out and am glad to have something round up there to add some dimension and break up all the sharp edges around the room. I also like the way the wood details over the mantel balance out the other wood elements around the space. This was a breeze to make and I even have leftover shims so me thinks another diy sunburst mirror might be making an appearance somewhere else in my home in the near future. As long as I don’t have to look in it… ;)