I don’t know about you but I treat my house like a canvas. The pictures and creations of our family fill our home. I love it that way. Unfortunately when selling a house you have to stage it in a way that people can envision their home and not mine. The whole process has lead to a lot of amazing clean up, de-cluttering, and even new creations along the way. Many of you gave me awesome feedback and suggestions on twitter and facebook. Thank you for teaching me how to decorate shelves that look more aesthetic and pleasing to the eye. I’ve learned a lot. I have a whole post coming to share what I have learned, but today I want to show a quick DIY mirror I came up with to use as a staging item on my shelves.
These simple little mirrors were so cheap and easy to make. I think they make a great item to display that adds a pop of color, yet they are not a picture, candle, or book.
To make your own mirrors here are a few supplies you will need:
- Wood circles (I got mine for $1.99 each at Michaels)
- Mirrors (I got mine for $1.00 each at the Dollar Tree)
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- Super glue
- Spray gloss finish
The first step is to pick out the color you want your mirror(s) and paint it a solid color. I wanted my three mirrors to kind of coordinate, so I decided to try something new. After I let that first coat of paint dry, I switched up my three paint colors and painted over the dried paint with one of the other three colors.
I literally poured paint onto my wood circle and painted it a solid color in a different color. Try to do a nice thick, even coat. I then used some sandpaper to lightly sand the edges, sides, and top of my wood circles so the first paint color would show through. I love how this step created a worn, artsy, colorful look. Be careful to not sand to hard or much or you will completely wear off that first layer of paint and go straight down to the wood.
Once the wood circles are sanded, it is time to make them look a little more finished and professional. I used Rust-oleums clear gloss to spray a nice even coat of finish over my wood circles. Once you have done this step, let the circles completely dry.
After the shine finish has dried, use a little super glue to stick onto the back of the mirror to place it in the center of your wood circles. After the glue has dried, your mirror(s) is done!
I love the simple pop of color these mirrors add to my shelves. They were such a quick and easy project to do. I kind of want to make a dozen more, but I am refraining. Since I already had a couple of the supplies, each mirror cost me about $3.00! What a great deal for a fun piece to have in my house.
I am really into circles right now which might be one reason why I love these mirrors so much. I’m currently STILL working on my circle rug. It hasn’t gotten much attention lately, but I plant to work on it more this weekend. Do you have a project lined up for the weekend? I would love to hear about it!