Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hi all,

Well, first of all let me say Happy New Year. It’s been a while since I wrote a new post. I've been thinking about what direction I want to go in this year. No hard fast decisions yet. So in the meantime….
If you know me well, you know I like mirrors. (if you don’t know me well, stick around, get to know me better!) I am planning to make a couple of mirrors for my bedroom. These won’t be the first ones I've made. Two of my earlier  projects were mirrors that I made. Both are simple enough that you could totally reproduce them without tutorials. 

The first mirror was this one circa 2007..

                             Thanks to an old Facebook post, I actually found a picture of this one progress.

This mirror is a beast. I used a piece of ¾ “plywood as a base and that made this a very heavy mirror. If  I were making it again I would use ½” plywood. The zebra stripes were etched onto 6- 12 x 12 glass tiles using this  and I used a trim from Home Depot to finish it off. Framing this mirror was my first project using my miter saw! 

My next mirror project was making these 2 mirrors, again using 12 x 12 mirror tiles, trim , plywood and trim from Lowes and this  awesome turquoise iridescent glass tile. This tile can be found on Amazon.

                           Sorry for this picture it  really doesn't do the tiles justice.

I didn't want to use white grout so I added a small amount of acrylic paint to the sanded grout and it worked, turquoise grout!
A friend fell in love with these and actually had me make two for her. One of my first DIY projects that I sold.

So from those somewhat basic but great mirrors, I plan to do something a little more challenging.  These pics were my inspiration...

                                       I love the mirrors behind the lamps on each nightstand.

So, from those inspiration pics I found these two ideas online.


SO, my first project of the new year is to combine some of the steps from www.lilikoijoy.com  and the great tutorial I found on www.addicted2decoring.com to make my own fretwork to create 2 killer mirrors for my bedroom. Stay tuned for more on this project.