Do you ever find things lying around your home and you think, “where did this even come from?”
Well, it happens to me all the time. More often than not I find myself thinking, “there’s no way I bought this?!”. When I realize how ridiculous the purchase was and how tacky it really is, I usually turn it into something better. Kind of like the lamp I purchased a while back and then realized how much I hated it!
Well, lucky for you, I found another project begging to be dealt with and I’m pretty sure my husband is responsible for this purchase!
A year ago we we’re in desperate need of a mirror, you know, the ones that hang from your bedroom door? So, the hub purchased a plain mirror from IKEA, which suited our needs for the moment. It’s just a mirror with an unfinished frame and it’s been hanging around my home for way to long. I didn’t want to throw it away because I knew deep down in my little, bitty, DIY, wannabe heart, that I could do something magical with it!
I’m pretty proud of this DIY mirror frame, mainly for the simple fact that I busted up into Lowe’s Home Improvements, pregnant and ready to take charge. Us women have to stand tall and know what we want when we walk into a home improvement store!! It’s “almost” like buying a car, in the sense that you have to be straight forward and self-confident! Okay, who am I kidding, it’s nothing like buying a car, but you get the idea.
Below is the plain IKEA frame my husband purchased. Oh! and in the reflection is the dresser I’m currently giving a makeover for my October baby’s changing table! That thing has wheels….rad!!!!
Lets get into the deet’s, shall we!?
I bee-bopped up into Lowe’s Home Improvements like it was nobody’s business and headed straight for the crown molding. I did make a stop along the way and asked an employee if they happened to make miter cuts…..They don’t, just case you’re wondering!
Below is the piece of crown molding my husband cut for me, he happens to do miter cuts…Yippee!!! And I purchased corner molding which is already put together so you can slip a straight piece of crown molding into the open side of the bracket. (It’s important you match your corner molding with whatever crown molding you are using, otherwise, the crown molding will not fit into the side of the corner bracket).
My husband measured the length and the height of the mirror to create the miter cuts. I would suggest having someone measure and cut the straight piece of crown molding for you! I know I couldn’t have done it! Thank’s hubby!
Here’s a better view of the corner molding.
Where the three arrows are pointing, is where you insert one end of the crown molding.
Next, I of course went to spray painting! This is my first time using Krylon spray paint and I have to say, I’m not a fan! I love my Valspar and Rust-Oleum. I picked a muted teal in satin, of course! Satin is my favorite finish.
After spray painting the frame piece, I moved on to the mirror. I covered the mirror using a few sheets of thick paper towels and carefully taped the border using Scotch Blue Painters Tape.
Here’s a view of the painted frame after all the paper towels and tape were removed.
I waited a day or two before I started putting the frame together. I definitely took my time on this project! Below is a look at how the crown molding fit together.
After the frame was dry, I used Elmer’s Interior Wood Glue to glue the joints together. I was confident in using wood glue after my husband told me he learned in wood shop class, that a joint which is glued together is stronger than the wood itself.
After I glued all of the joints together, I have to mention, my husband was right! Wood glue is the jam and it held my frame together something fierce!
I waited one full day for the joints of the frame to get nice and dry before I actually glued the frame to the mirror. This was so simple and I’m so glad to be rid of that ugly, boring mirror!
Check out how awesome it looks now!
So glad this turned out as well as it did, now my husband and I just have to find a place to hang it!!
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