I’m about to be one of those annoying people that shouts from the rooftop their good fortune. Not usually my style, but when Wayfair contacted me about a DIY challenge sponsored by HomeTalk, I think I felt the Earth tremble. I’ve been blogging for a long time y’all and for the most part I’ve moseyed along like the meanderer that I am. Basically, to get this opportunity felt like a sign from the Blogger Goddess that I should keep on trucking.
The challenge involved giving the Stratford Wall Mirror a makeover based on a theme (geometric, black & white, or rope). This was ideal because Lacey’s bathroom has been mirror-less since replacing the builder mirror with wallpaper. The poor girl hasn’t seen herself in nearly a year.
I chose the “black & white” theme because I thought it would fit nicely with the graphic feel of the existing bathroom. My biggest obstacle was that I liked the mirror as-is. It is a great product with a cottage feel. That being said, I went for the “detail” that I’m always blabbing about. In other words, don’t overhaul the whole piece but add a little eye-catching detail that gives it a custom icing-on-the-cake kind of look.
My DIY solution? I added scalloped trim inside the edge and painted it black.
This is where I tell you how SIMPLE this project was. SO EASY. It was so much less involved than I imagined. I don’t have a lot of experience cutting trim so it was a huge relief that it went smoothly.
I purchased two pieces of scalloped trim at Hobby Lobby for a few dollars. The black craft paint is Licorice by FolkArt. I also bought the houndstooth cup in the Target dollar bin section.
I used a mitre box with a handsaw which you can purchase from your home improvement store for about $15. Mine had the saw included with the box. I had already used it a couple of times for very minor cuts. Of course, if you own a power saw of any kind it would greatly expedite the process.
1. Lay a vertical trim piece on the mirror. Mark with a pencil where the top corner and trim meet. Do the same at the bottom corner on that piece of trim.
2. Line your pencil mark directly under the saw making sure you use the 45 degree angle grooves in the box. Take care that the angle is the correct direction . Repeat step 1. & 2. for the other vertical side piece.
3. Lay your horizontal side piece down and shift until you like how the scallops line up. Mark both corners with a pencil.
4. Saw the horizontal pieces just as you did the vertical pieces. Take care that the angle is going the correct direction so as to fit with the vertical piece. Think of a puzzle!
5. Lay all of your cut pieces out to make sure you have a good fit. One of mine was cut slightly off so I used the saw to cut it down just a bit more. Mine fit together in a nice, tight fit. Keep in mind it doesn’t look good yet because you have to fill the cracks where the edges meet with putty.
6. Paint your trim. I primed mine before I started with white paint but I think that was unnecessary. I did two coats of black craft paint. Be sure to paint the back of the trim because the mirror will reflect that (lesson learned*).
7. I used hot glue to attach the trim to the mirror. I considered epoxy and wood glue and other solutions but I felt that hot glue would be forgiving if I accidentally got it on the mirror.
8. Use wood filler (mine was DAP) to fill those cracks in the corners where the trim meets. I used my finger to squish it in.
9. Yes, the filler looks terrible – like a bunch of gunk on your pretty trim. Wait until it dries and sand until smooth. Touch up your paint and you are good to go!
I think this is appropriate for a five year old yet grown-up at the same time. It fits our cheerful, sweet little girl. It also suits the modern cottage look that I like so much.
This project may or may not have induced a photography melt-down. The combination of a dark bathroom without windows and a reflective surface really got me flustered. I’m taking a crash course in photography this summer with my new camera so maybe after that you will be spared from vertigo-inducing pictures.
*The only hiccup I encountered was a painting mishap. Lacey wanted to help so I let her paint the back of the trim. I figured no harm, no foul. I approved her choice of pink paint but didn’t clue in that it would reflect off the mirror. It was glued down and in place before I realized that the pink paint reflects almost like a tiny edge.
It wasn’t a project-killer and she likes pink. Her bedroom has the same color throughout so we went with it. I guess I got an extra detail for free.
If you don’t have any experience with a saw, don’t fear because this is about as “beginner” as you can get. You can look on Pinterest or HomeTalk for actual tutorials involving mitre boxs. Be sure to wear gloves. Also, sometimes it can take a few minutes to get “in the groove” when sawing but once you get your saw at the right angle you can cut right through that trim.
It took me less than two hours to do this from start to finish.
Do you like the mirror? I hope so. You can also check out the Wayfair/HomeTalk pinterest board where other challenge participants are pinning their entries.
TGIF, people! I’m sharing this post with Amanda from Serenity Now.