I came, I created, I conquered. A lesser known phrase of Caesar’s…
The devil is in the details, but this mirror came together pretty much as I envisioned. So let’s get into the play by play. Where did I leave off? Oh right… waiting for my stain to activate.
Wednesday night, I painted a bit of my vinegar/ steel wool concoction onto one of the boards and 10-20 minutes later, this is what happened. It goes on clear, so give it some time. (And, your house will smell like you’re dying Easter eggs… yay!)
I gave each board a few coats and then let them sit overnight to dry.
Yesterday morning, I taped off my stripes. I used 1.5″ painters tape (the same width as the boards) and used the tape as a spacer.
With a stencil sponge, I lightly dabbed on some slightly diluted white craft paint and then used a paper towel to remove the excess and mottle it even more. I wanted the white paint to have the same aged quality of the stain. I ran a sander over it quickly to rough it up a bit more.
I pieced together my frame pieces and went back to the miter saw to cut 45 degree angles for the corners. Either I suck at the miter saw or I need a new blade. More on this later. (This is the back of the frame, by the way.)
Using wood glue to start, I glued my frame pairs together. I used some leftover plywood to make a support for the back of the frame and nailed these onto the frames.
My mirror fit the space pretty well, but I used some of my leftover stain along the edges so that any plywood around the mirror wouldn’t look so obvious.
I used gorilla glue to be super safe, but the window pane mirror is pretty light so I would guess any strong-ish adhesive would work fine. (Oh, that copy of Baking With Julia that mocks me everytime I go to use my Kitchenaid mixer gets lots of action as a weight…)
Okay. My corners. They’re terrible. I’ll text my contractor in the morning, but suspect that a combination of user error and a dull saw blade are the culprits. I painted some old jute cord we had thinking that might look nice to cover the corner seams, but I ultimately left them ‘as is’ to keep the whole thing simple. I was going for rustic, so the rough edges don’t bother me so much.
What do you all think? Cover? Leave alone? This is the worst one…
I don’t think this mirror has found it’s final resting place (it’s pretty heavy so hanging will be a chore), but I actually like how it looks just leaning up against the wall in our awkward non-dining room, non-living room, non-walkway room.
Happy Friday, y’all!
Don't miss a post! Sign up for email or RSS updates!