Monday, February 4, 2013

Upcycle a Door Mirror from Drab to Fab

Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial

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6/10/13: Check out these mirrors and all the other projects in our Completed Master Bedroom Makeover!

You know those cheap plastic framed door mirrors that you can find at just about any big box store? I was in one of those stores awhile back and as I walked by the mirrors that were on sale for $4.99 each, the thought occurred to me that they looked like tall narrow windows. I love bedrooms that have windows on either side of a bed and thought, "I should take these home and put them above the nightstands so they look like pretty windows!" But when I got home and put them on the wall, they looked less like pretty windows and more like...cheap door mirrors that I stuck on the wall. It's not terrible, but it's not all that pretty either. They do reflect light back into the room, and they do remind me of a window, so I guess they met most of my requirements:
Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial
Master bedroom "before" pic
It would have been easier (and way more expensive) to get new mirrors, but I already had these and y'all know that I have a hard time throwing stuff out when they still have life left in them (like when I turned my son's plastic kiddie mirror into a sunburst mirror). I like the challenge of taking something that someone else would think is disposable or worn and making it look new and different. I spent the last couple years with a very specific picture in my mind of how I wanted to pretty these up, and this past week those mirrors finally got their Hollywood regency style glam makeover:

Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial


This reminds me of some of the mirrored furniture that's been so popular the last few years, like this:
from Z Gallerie
For years I've been eyeing the oh-so-chic and trendy mirrored dressers and nightstands, but they were out of my budget and my husband wasn't crazy about them, plus I wasn't sure if I'd get tired of them after awhile. In my head I could see turning those ol' door mirrors into a cross between mirrored furniture and beautiful X molding windows like this:
from Interiors Magazine
Until recently, I didn't realize how drawn I am to X style furnishings - we have barstools with the X pattern on the back, two shelves, an old glass console table with a cross bar below, and several accessories with X patterns in them. I also like circle patterns and have a lot of that around here too. I guess I'm an XOXO kind of gal. :) These shapes are common in the Hollywood regency style that I'm digging so that could be why I'm so attracted to them.

Here's my very technical drawing on the back of an envelope that I drew as we started this project so I could explain it better to my husband. He couldn't see my vision with my verbal explanation of, "you know, with X's and silver and a built out frame with plywood! It'll look great!":
Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial

My original plan was to silver leaf these mirror frames. I love that look! Let me just say that I've never used silver leaf before. I must have been insane thinking I could just stroll on in and silver leaf two huge pieces without any experience with it! The moment I started working with it, I knew instantly that I would not be able to finish one mirror let alone two without pulling my hair out. It flaked all over and kept crumbling apart, it stuck to my fingers, it didn't take well to all the corners and curves on the moldings, and I quickly realized I would need a lot more silver leaf (and patience) to finish this than I had on hand. Then I remembered I had silver metallic spray paint in my craft cabinet. It was a lot cheaper and easier than silver leafing, but I worried that I wouldn't like the finish as much. I loved it! I ended up sanding off the section of silver leaf that I had put on and spray painting it silver instead. So much easier! I think this mirror would look amazing with a gold or brass finish too. Black or dark espresso brown would be fantastic too, giving these mirrors a tropical vibe. If you wanted to tone down and "age" the silver a bit, you could always use a dark glaze or something like a dark colored Rub n Buff on it too. So many options if I ever get tired of the silver!

If you're a silver leaf wizard, I say go for it. I'm also a little jealous of your skillz.

COST: The total cost of this mirror for me was about $45 per mirror to make. $45! That's less than a hundred bucks for two huge mirrors! I can barely find one decent large mirror for a hundred bucks let alone two! If you don't have the mirror or some of the other DIY materials we always have on hand like wood filler, caulk, nails, sandpaper painter's tape, etc, then it will cost you more, maybe around $65 I'm guessing. That's still a great bargain for a huge mirror that's chic and unique. The cost breakdown of what we bought for this project is in the tutorial below.

TIME: I honestly can't tell you how long this project took us to do from start to finish because we did a couple steps at a time, then went and did something else, then came back to it the next day, messed up on something, started over, got it right, messed up again, backtracked, and finally finished. All in all, we probably worked on this for a week and a half doing all that. Hopefully it really only takes a few days (that's mostly because of the dry time) if you learn from my mistakes. We made two mirrors and the second mirror went much quicker than the first. I'm not going to say this is an easy project, but if you tackle it step by step, it is quite doable and so worth it!

TUTORIAL: There's a detailed tutorial at the end of this post. It's super long. It's really not as complicated as it might look - you're basically adding a cheap door mirror to a larger MDF base, adding molding around it, then adding some decorative molding to the mirror and gluing on a few jewels. I might have gone a little crazy with the tutorial pics and instructions below but hopefully after reading it you'll feel like you can make one of these mirrors too. Or maybe you'll run screaming from it wondering what the heck I was thinking.

So what's next for the master bedroom makeover? This week I'll be working on adding trim to the existing white curtains (update: done! Here's the link). I'm also painting one of the walls an accent color. I won't tell you what color I'm painting it or exactly what wall I'm painting, but if you visit my Bedroom board on Pinterest, you'll probably get an idea based on a couple of my pins (follow me on Pinterest while you're there, I'd love that!).

Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial

I'm so happy with how these mirrors turned out. I can't wait to hang them above our nightstands as part of Operation Sultrify the Master BedroomStay tuned next week for the next Operation Sultrify update! :)
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How to Make This Mirror:

Materials you'll need:
  • An inexpensive door mirror like this, or whatever size wall mirror you may already have or want to use ($5-10 depending on if you can find them on sale)
  • 1 sheet of 1/2" MDF that's 6-8 inches larger than the length and width of the mirror. Our mirrors were 13" wide x 49" long and I wanted the final width to be 20 inches, so I needed a MDF piece cut to 20" wide by 56" long. At our Home Depot, sheets were either 2 ft x 4 ft for around $12 (7 inches too short, darn!) or the next size up was 4 ft x 8 ft for $25. We bought the larger sheet since we were making 2 mirrors with it (and we still have almost 1/3 of it leftover to use for another project), so I'm going to conservatively say it's about $12 worth of MDF for each mirror. Other lumber stores might have different sizes that will work better for you. We used MDF because it's a smooth surface to paint.
  • 2 - 7 ft. lengths of door stop molding (5/16" thick x 1 3/16" wide), or use whatever style molding you want for the outside edge. Get enough to go around your edge of your MDF sheet. My personal preference is that it would look best if the molding you get is at least as thick as the molding on the existing mirror frame or thicker. Also consider the style of molding you select - choose one that's either very simple like the door stop molding or one that matches the existing molding on the mirror, something that goes with the other molding so it looks cohesive. About $12
  • Wood doweling/strips for the "mullions" or crossbars. You want something that is not thicker than the existing inside molding of the mirror, so get something equal to or sits slightly lower than the thickness of the inside of your frame. Home Depot carries square wooden doweling that might work for you, but I admit to being really particular since this vision has been in my head for several years, and I was looking for something that was thin enough to not extend above the mirror's molding but wide enough to give it impact. I found 3/16" thick x 1/2" wide x 24" length basswood strips at Hobby Lobby in the wood crafts area that was exactly what I was looking for. The cost is $1.49 for a 2 foot piece. I needed 7 pieces for one mirror. I think that's a little expensive compared to if you found longer strips somewhere else, but it's what I found that worked. Hobby Lobby had less expensive balsa wood strips, but it was really soft and pliable and I wasn't sure how well that would work so I went with the sturdier basswood. About $11.
  • Construction adhesive that's good to use on mirror and wood
  • Hammer and small finishing nails or a compression nail pinner 
  • Black or dark gray spray paint (optional, explained below) to paint the undersides of the mullions
  • Caulk
  • Paintable wood filler
  • Drywall compound (or you could probably use the wood filler too) to seal MDF edge
  • Sandpaper / 220 grit
  • Painter's tape
  • Gray primer spray paint. I used Rustoleum and it was fine although it did seem to raise the grain on the wood a little and I had to knock it down with sandpaper. You might have a preference for spray paint primers, go for whatever one you want. $4 with coupon
  • Silver metallic spray paint. I used Krylon Premium Silver Foil Metallic. I had a full can already on hand but if you have to go out and buy it, it's like 5 bucks. I like the end result a lot but there's a couple things about it that I explain below that I think is important to know.
  • Optional "jewels" for the center of the X cross bars. I think they look a little like glass knobs that you see on some of the mirrored furniture pieces. I picked up some acrylic crystals for 88 cents on clearance at Hobby Lobby. I think even a quarter or nickel would work, or if you can find a really small ring pull, that would look great like in that mirrored cabinet inspiration above. Get creative, or don't add anything at all. Your call!
  • 2  D-rings with screws. The finished mirror is heavy so even though D rings are annoying, they're good for hanging heavy items on the wall. $2
Click on any of the images below to enlarge
Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial

Instructions:
1.  Begin by cutting your MDF to size or have it cut at the home improvement center that you're purchasing the MDF from. My husband cut this for me on his table saw. I wanted my finished mirror to be the same width as my nightstand, 20 inches. My door mirror is 13 inches wide so I added 7 inches to the width (3.5 inches on each side) and added the same to the length (the mirror is 49 inches long), so we cut the MDF down to 20 inches wide by 56 inches long. You can make your frame size thicker or thinner than 3.5 inches depending on how chunky you want your frame to look.

2.  Next, I cut the door stop molding to size to fit around the outside perimeter of the MDF sheet, making a 45 degree mitered corner. You can do this with a power miter saw or a miter box and hand saw. Attach molding with finishing nails. My husband is all about the power tools, so he has a compression nail pinner and I love it. It makes the job go so much faster and makes the teeniest holes that require hardly any filling later:
Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial
I have the mirror just sitting on the MDF in this picture, but I didn't attach it until the next step.
3.  Remove any paper backing from the back of mirror. Lay your mirror on the MDF and center it so that you have an equal amount of space all around the mirror. For instance, I had cut my MDF 3.5" bigger than the mirror all the way around, so I marked in 3.5" from the outside edge of the frame all the way around the frame, marking it at intervals, then connected those marks with a pencil using a ruler. Those lines are where the mirror will line up. Next, attach the mirror to the MDF with construction adhesive, lining up the edge of the mirror with the pencil lines. Use a construction adhesive that's good for mirrors and wood. Apparently there are some adhesives that will interact with the silvering from the back of mirrors which will cause discoloration on the mirror. I didn't know that until after I did these. The adhesive I used is great for wood and glass, but it does not specifically say it's safe for keeping the silvering on mirrors so I guess I run the risk of the silvering turning a different color down the road. I'm living on the edge with this one:
Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial
I added a thin line of adhesive all around the frame first (shown above). I didn't want to make it too thick or too close to the edge and have it ooze out when I pressed it onto the MDF. Then I globbed on a decent amount of adhesive evenly throughout the rest of the mirror back (globs not shown. Globs is probably not the correct professional industry term. Dollop? haha)

4.  While the adhesive is drying, spray paint the basswood strips on one side black or dark gray. We're actually painting the side of the molding that will be up against the mirror. Sounds weird, right, like why would I do THAT? It's because there's a small strip of the underside of the molding that can be seen in the reflection of the mirrors. The original frame of the mirror has a black underside in the reflection, so I painted the mullions black to match it. If you leave it wood colored, you'll be able to see a small strip of the wood color in the reflection of the mirror. It's a little detail so if that doesn't bother you, by all means skip it, it's totally optional:
Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial

5.  I let the mirror sit overnight to make sure the adhesive on the back of the mirror was good and bonded. I thought about working on the next step while the adhesive was still setting up on the back of the mirror, but with my luck I'd accidentally shift the mirror off center while working on adding the molding to it. Besides, Downton Abbey was calling my name so I was done for the evening.

Added 2/7/13: You might want to read what I wrote in step #8 at this point before adding the mullion pieces to the mirror and switch up some of the steps. They both work, do whatever way works better for you. This way worked for me since I wanted to fill in any gaps with wood filler between the mullions and the frame after I attached them, which would require me to tape and touch up the paint anyways. 

Add the "mullions" to the mirror:
6.  We're going to add the two horizontal pieces that divide the mirror into thirds next (see picture below). Measure the length of the mirror from inside frame to inside frame, divide that number into thirds, and mark the measurement on both sides of the frame with a pencil. We're creating 3 equal sized rectangles on the mirror. Next, measure the width across the mirror from inside frame to inside frame and cut a wood strip to that size. If using the 24" basswood strips, you'll be able to get two pieces from one wood strip if your mirror width on the inside of the frame is 12" or less. Add construction adhesive to the wood strip and attach it to mirror along your marks. I used a framing square to help me keep the wood strip straight and square to the side of the mirror. No one wants a wonky mullion.
Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial

After gluing, I let that set for several hours. Since they are the base for adding the X moldings, I wanted them to be attached securely and not sliding around while I was working on the X pieces, which is the next step.

7.  For the X pieces, I didn't want to have to figure out angles and geometry to cut the molding pieces, so I basically eyeballed it and marked the angle with a pencil (look away technical draft engineers, look away!). Then I cut it on my miter box using a hand miter saw. Once one corner was cut, I marked the other end the same way and cut it. Sometimes I needed to trim it a little or file it to get it to fit, but it always seemed to work. If there was a slight gap, I just filled it with wood filler later. For each X, there are 6 cuts you'll need to make, below:
Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial
Where else you gonna find a sweet graphic like this one? Nowhere.

This "method" of eyeballing and marking the cuts was actually pretty accurate. Hopefully this next pic better explains how I marked each angle using a flat blade from my putty knife to help guide me (click on pic to enlarge):


For cuts #5 and #6 in the picture above, I laid the trimmed piece across the top of the bottom piece as you see in the numbered picture, marked it with a pencil like below, and made my cuts:
Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial

Then I glued each cut piece down in this order with construction adhesive:
Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial

I repeated steps 7 and 8 two more times for the other Xs. Let adhesive dry according to package instructions. Even though there's a lot of details explained for the X moldings, it didn't take more than 1/2 hour to do all them.

8. Tape off mirror with painter's tape. I've gotta tell ya, taping around all the mullions was tedious. It  might have been easier to prime and paint all the mullions separately ahead of time and then glue them on after painting the frame, but I didn't think about that ahead of time. You might want to consider doing that but either way works fine. You can also use newspaper or scrap paper to cover the mirror in combination with the tape.

9.  Fill any holes and gaps with wood filler. Rick caulked around the entire mirror edge between the plastic mirror frame and the MDF since there was a slight gap there. We also sealed the cut MDF outside edge with drywall compound since those cut ends are really porous and will soak up the paint unevenly (not shown). The paint color and sheen won't ever look the same as the rest of the piece unless you seal it first. Primer alone won't cut it. You can probably skip this step if you don't care what the sides of the mirror frame looks like, but just know the edges will look different. Once all the filler/caulk is dry, sand the entire piece with sandpaper to smooth out any rough or uneven spots.
Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial

10. Prime the entire mirror including the edges with a couple light coats of primer according to manufacturer's directions (do it in a well ventilated area like an open garage or outdoors). Let dry based on whatever time the manufacturer suggests. Then spray paint the piece with the metallic silver paint according to manufacturer's instructions.We used 5 very light coats of silver metallic paint, letting it dry in between:
Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial

Three things to know about the metallic paint: 
  1. Shake this stuff frequently. You'll get sputtering if you don't which shows on the finished frame. Since I ended up sanding it later again (see #3), that took care of it for me...
  2. I don't know if it's this brand or just something about silver metallic paint in general or what, but it took about a week to cure to the point that I felt comfortable touching the mirror frame. If I touched it before that, it left dark gray fingerprints and the metallic sheen would easily rub off like a powdery layer even though it was "dry". It's no longer doing that, but I'd advise that you don't touch it for at least several days and then check it out. It might even need longer to cure. Be forewarned. 
  3. The other important thing I learned the hard way is to NOT seal this with any kind of sealant topcoat. I thought it would help with the paint rubbing off and leaving dark marks, but the top coat totally ruined the sheen of the silver and turned it dull darker gray sort of like the primer layer. AAarrgghhh! I might have cussed a few times when I realized what was happening. I ended up sanding it, priming it, and painting the entire thing all over again. The manufacturer's directions don't recommend a top coat, but it doesn't say not to either, so I'm telling you now, don't.
Upcycle a cheap door mirror into a glam wall mirror tutorial
After the final coat of paint, remove the tape. That was my favorite part! Hot glue or use construction adhesive to glue whatever bling you want onto the center of each X (I got my jewels at Hobby Lobby). Now stand back and admire your creation! I started jumping up and down and clapping my hands because I was so happy how it turned out. It's just like what I've been seeing in my head for the last couple years!

To hang on the wall, attach 2 D rings on the back of the mirror and hang from screws that are either in a stud or using a wall anchor. These mirrors are heavy so hang 'em right to bear the load.


Disclaimer: I'm sharing with you how I made our mirror and the materials I used to make it. I'm not an expert in mirror making and I don't claim that my way is the best way to do anything (unless I'm talking to my husband - Kidding! Sort of), but I've done my fair share of DIY projects at home and I'm happy with how these turned out for us. Maybe you'll want to tackle something like this for yourself but just know that what might work for me might not work for you or your situation or your available supplies. You may have to problem solve and get creative depending on your own situation. If you do make this, I'd love to hear about it and any tidbits you learned while doing it! 


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128 comments:

  1. Wow!!!! They turned out amazing. Love that you put them on each side of your bed too. Good job!

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  2. Wow! I am impressed Sharon! I mean these updated mirrors don’t even resemble their old selves. You are truly a DIY girl! I’m so proud of you.
    It’s funny how things always go easier the second time around. Like with these mirrors, it took you so long to figure out how to get it right on the first one that when it came to doing the second one you had it down. I find that to be so true with recipes. I will try a new one and think ok, that took a bit of time, but then the next time I know exactly what to prep ahead of time or the shortcuts I can do, and bam, it’s a cinch!
    You should honestly offer your services to some local moms or local peeps offering to help them DIY their old stuff that they don’t want to part with. I honestly don’t think I would have the creativity let alone the patience to come up with something like this and most people are like me, so you could have a little side business on your hands girl! Just saying…
    Ok, your step-by-step details are great and you can’t over-detail something like this. Believe it or not, people like details and step-by-step photographs. If you just showed the before and after, what good would that do anyone, right? I use to think my step-by-step recipes were a bit too much, but I get so many sweet emails from newbie cooks who so appreciate the steps, so I keep taking all of those dang photos! I mean that’s what its all about right? Love these mirrors girl and I can’t wait to see what’s next!
    xoxo, Jackie

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    1. Thanks so much Jackie! It took awhile to write this tutorial and by the time I was done with it, it was late and I was thinking, "wow, that's long!" It makes me feel much better what you said about the step by step details. I always like that myself when I visit someone's blog and want to try something too. I love your recipes and the details, it makes me think I can totally do it! That's why I do it too, people seem to appreciate the info and I want people to feel like they can do it too. :)

      I would love to do a side business like you mention. That would be so fun! I've been thinking about my next career and turning what I love into a business. That would be a dream!

      I'm going over to check out your latest recipe. I can't wait to try it! Hope you have a great day. Talk to you soon! xoxo, Sharon

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  3. These are beautiful. i have awful mirrored closet doors and I wonder if this may just be the answer I need for that!

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    1. Hi Kim,
      I have bifold mirror doors in my entry on the entry closet and I was actually thinking of doing the same thing to those but using dark wood! Here's an inspiration door I found the other day that made me think along the same lines you are: http://www.interiorsdigital.com/interiors/20121201#pg74.
      I think it could totally work. If you do something and post it on your blog, would you let me know? I'd love to see it!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Take care, Sharon

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  4. This looks amazing! I love anything mirrored, it gives such a glamourous touch!

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  5. I have to say.... I am in LOVE with these mirrors! I will be making these and I will have to find a place to put them! You did a fabulous job!

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  6. I am really impressed with your mirrors, and thank you for the tutorial. I too have been thinking of putting mirrors over our nightstands, and these look very expensive. Thank you for sharing Blessings Paula

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  7. ahhhhmaaaazing! Love these!!! How totally creative Sharon!

    Nancy

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  8. That is truly beautiful! Thank you for such a wonderful detail tutorial!

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    1. You're welcome, and thanks for stopping by! Sharon

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  9. Sharon!!!!! I am just speechless. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! I'm so mad my husband is not handy like that. I've been looking for some fancy mirrors for the sides of my bed and they are so expensive. I want to make these :-(

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    1. You can totally do this Denyse! Have the Home Depot cut the larger MDF piece. That was the piece I didn't want to cut. All the rest of the cuts are smaller trim pieces that I did myself on a miter box and hand miter saw that you can get at Home Depot like this, $15: http://thd.co/12r5vdU
      Think about it and if you decide to do it, you can always email me and I'll help you the best I can. xoxo, Sharon

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  10. Great transformation love the mirrors

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  11. ummmm. it is like brilliant!

    found you via tuesday's treasures and hope you'll have a moment to pop by!

    smiles to you.

    michele

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  12. Wow, just saw your project on If It's Not Baroque linky party so I had to check it out! This is just beautiful. I have a mirror with a wide frame already in my garage, but it needs painting so I think I will try priming and using that spray paint (if we can get it here in Canada) as it really does look great.

    Thanks for sharing and I'm now following you!

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    1. Thanks so much Julie, I'm glad you stopped by! If you can't find this spray paint, I think other metallic silver spray paints will work well too. Take care, Sharon

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  13. What a great updo! I have a one of these cheap mirrors and has been making it's way around the walls in my bedroom. I don't want to hang it b/c it's not fabulous enough for me but perhaps if I give it a makeover.... Thank you for the tutorial. I'm inspired!

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    1. I'm so glad! If you make something with it, I'd love to see it! Thanks for stopping by. Sharon

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  14. I am so in love with this, it has to be my favorite mirror transformation EVER! Love the tutorial and pinned it for later, and I am not following you! I also clicked on over to your sunburst mirror, amazing! So happy I found your blog!

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  15. WOW! I can't believe this! You've done an amazing job!
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

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  16. Love the mirrors....As a long time crafter I would add one little hint..Pre paint all pieces..laying them on old newspapers...And also for large pieces like the mirrors, cut a piece of newspaper and tape around the edges..This will cut down on the cost of painters tape as it can really add up...Beautiful project !!!!!

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    1. Great suggestion. I mentioned about prepainting the mullions (after I taped it all off) but I like the idea of prepainting all of it and then attaching the pieces. Also good idea about the newspaper. For the second mirror that I didn't show, I used scrap paper from the recycling bin because I was running low on the tape. Thank you for the tips!

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  17. Amazing transformation! Every single choice you made there was brilliant. I hope you'll get featured for this idea!

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  18. This is the best project I've seen so far with a door mirror! I love it!! Great tutorial!

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    1. Thanks so much Ellora, that is so nice of you to say! Sharon

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  19. Thinking outside of the box is AWESOME!!! Thanks for sharing this beauty at my party this week.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  20. Great job and great tutorial! Glad to meet your blog.

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  21. It turned out amazing! It def looks worth way more than $45! Great job!

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  22. looks incredible! I'd love something like this is my bedroom. I can't wait to try it!

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    1. Thank you Kate! If you try it, I'd love to hear how it goes. Sharon

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  23. The mirrors look really beautiful! Adds light and some "bling" too. Thanks for the tips on the silver paint...I'm about to do a project with silver and this was all good to know.

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  24. Love it.... just what I've been wanting to do. I need "windows" in my room, too. Just wish you'd taken a full bedroom view of the "after" so that we could see that! Thanks for the Tutorial!

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    1. Thank you! I haven't had a chance to hang these yet because I'm about to paint that wall but I will take pictures of the after when I've got them hung and post those. Thanks for stopping by! Take care, Sharon

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  25. Impressive transformation - from $4.99 cheap to super chic!

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  26. These turned out amazing!! Thanks for sharing a great tutorial. Hopefully I can make one eventually (have a very long to-do list) ;)

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  27. Sharon, great job on this mirror. I LOVE it. I love your style.

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  28. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Great vision!!!!

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth, I appreciate that! :) Sharon

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  29. Love this! Gorgeous! I can't tell you how happy I am to have found this! I have a mirror that I wanted to redo in some way to make it prettier and this will be perfect! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! Pinning!

    Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

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  30. I LOVE your gorgeous mirror! I'm pinning it :)

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  31. WHOO HOO! 1st time visitor here and I'm in love! Great project and timely since I've been thinking of doing something kinda like this and now I know how!

    Thanks!
    Christine

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  32. Now I have seen a lot of upgrades to common objects but this project ROCKS! This looks like something out of the Horchow store. Marvelous! Thanks for sharing. BJ from Tennessee

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  33. Oh my goodness! This is hands down the best DIY I have seen so far this year. Love it!!

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  34. Your mirrors look amazing! I'm so impressed!

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  35. Amazing and great tutorial, love the detail. Thanks

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  36. Simply stunning!! I am amazed by crafty people like you who take such an ordinary thing and are able to turn it into something so elegant! Fabulous!
    Come for a visit.
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com
    Nancy

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  37. Breathtaking, spectacular, wow! :) The whole job is amazing, starting with the very idea!

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  38. Found you through centsationalgirl. LOVE love, love the mirror and also your awesome tutorial.

    I am your newest follower :)

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  39. What a rewarding project that must have been. It looks absolutely chic and it has so much more character than it did before. Way to go!
    Liz

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  40. Congrats on your Centsational Girl feature. I love what you did to this mirror - so much better than how it started. Really great transformation. Take care!

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  41. Great job! I've been thinking of ways to make over these cheap mirrors & somehow came across this! How awesome! Thanks for sharing your magic.

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  42. Loooove this so much!!! I want to do this now for my room but not sure I have the skills or patience. Fantastic job!!!!

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  43. Oh man! I am LOVING this DIY! Totally pinning. :)

    toddlindsey.com

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  44. wow, a simple idea, but lot of work. it looks awesome, nice work!! :)

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  45. These are beautiful! I might have to try this... thanks for sharing.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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  46. what a great job! can't wait to try this with a client who wants to make mirrored nightstands!!!

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  47. Found you thru g+/ glitterglueandpaint, so I had to come over and see how you made these mirrors. They're really gorgeous!! I've always loved that mirrored furniture myself. Awesome!!

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  48. CONGRATS!!!
    You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer! Come on over and grab your Featured Button, you deserve it!
    http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/features-53/

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  49. My favorite feature of the week over at My Uncommon Slice! You did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing step-by-step. Patti@OldThingsNew

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  50. I have already pinned this project. I love everything about it. If you get a chance come link up at my Tuesday Pin Party.

    http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2013/02/pintastic-tuesday-link-party-26.html#.URp4AKXoTCc

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  51. Hi Sharon. I am featuring your mirror today on my blog. I just love it. Great job. Thanks for linking it up. The next party starts later today. I hope you can link up again. I love seeing your projects.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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  52. Wow, great job! Found you over at Alderberry Hill. Excellent tutorial and they turned out really super. Love love love them!

    Debbie

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  53. Sharon! These mirrors turned out FABULOUS! So glad I found your blog! What an amazing tutorial! Would love for you to share at the party tonight! Your newest follower! xo Bridgett

    http://www.osiemoats.com/2013/02/link-up-party-2.html

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  54. Oh my goodness! This is spectacular!! Gorgeous, gorgeous.

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  55. it looks like a lot of work but the results are amazing- I love it

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  56. These are absolutely stunning!!! WOW!! I don't know if I have all the patience for the cutting, etc, but the end results sure makes me want to try. I too love the look of the mirrors on either side of the night stands and have been trying to find some. I may have to break down and make my own after seeing this. KUDOS!

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  57. Absolutely beautiful! They certainly don't look like cheap mirrors anymore!!

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  58. Just beautiful! And thank you for such a wonderfully detailed tutorial!

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  59. My mouth dropped when I saw the before! LOOOOOVE! Pinned on my I'm-definitely-making-this board ;) Thanks for an awesome, original tutorial! xo

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  60. Wow, wow, wow! This is amazing! I was on the look out for a floor mirror, but all the ones I liked are way out of budget, and I think my search is officially over. Your mirror turned out fabulous, way better than the ones I have seen priced super high, and you made it seem so easy to make, I will be giving this a try next week.

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  61. Just share this on my G+ page! You are so amazing!

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  62. Clicked over from hometalk, your mirrors are gorgeous. But, I just loved your tutorial. Normally I wouldn't read through an entire tutorial unless I've got nail gun in-hand, ready to go, but you are so funny! Thanks for the detailed information and the giggles!

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  63. Wow, let me be comment #92 to tell you how fabulous this looks. Thanks for sharing at Wow and it will be featured at this week's party.

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  64. That's the most unbelievable transformation I have seen in a while. Great tutorial too. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  65. What a fantastic job - they're so elegant and sophisticated!
    And you've been featured everywhere ( not surprisingly!!! )
    Visiting from DIY by Design!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  66. Beautiful transformation, I absolutely LOVE it!!!

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  67. Great project! I found you through House of Hepworth's, where this project was featured. I'm pinning this and hope to try to make one for myself someday. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

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    1. I hope you do, and if you do, I'd love to hear how it turned out! Thanks for stopping by. Sharon

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  68. Now that is one classy, sophisticated, elegant and glamorous mirror! Fantastic job! Going to pin this! :)

    Julie

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  69. Hi, I'm a newbie from DIY by Design and I absolutely fell in love with you mirror. I thank you for sharing your tutorial. It's such a classy piece. I agree that anyone can make it there own by adding studs,gems or paint color to fit there desire. But I do love the silver the most. I can't wait to make a big one for my room. I have worked with silver & gold leaf before, don't give up just try it on a smaller project, plus it would be less costly. I love the smooth modern look of your mirror and wouldn't change it. I will become a new follower:)

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    1. Hi Faith, thanks so much for stopping by. I still have silver leaf left over and when I get brave enough again, I'm going to try it again on something smaller and simpler, just as you suggest. Thanks for following, I appreciate it! Sharon

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  70. This is beautiful! I've always wanted to take a cheapie mirror and customize it, but I've never had the guts to try.

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  71. I had mirrors like this over my night tables for a long time. But will a little extra effort there are great! Thanks for sharing!

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  72. My husband and I made the mirror this week and we ran into a few snags like the adhesive not beng very adhesive but we made some adjustments and it looks great in our livibg room :) ps we cracked up at your little side notes!

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    1. LOL! I'm so happy you dropped by to let me know you made it and glad it turned out well for you, Lindsey. I'm glad the adhesive thing worked out for you. If you stop by again and see this, would you mind sharing what adjustment you made in case someone else has that issue? Thanks again for commenting. :) Sharon

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  73. Thanks for the inspiration! I have an old armoire that I am wanting to add mirrors to the doors exactly like these, but couldn't figure out what to use to make the X's. I had no idea they made flat dowels! Thanks again!

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    1. Oh yay! Don't you love it when you find something that is just what you were looking for? :) I hope it turns out great! Love to see how that turns out. Sharon

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  74. This is beautiful! I work at CNN and we're wanting to showcase some unique DIY decor projects - interested? I'd love for you to submit your images here: http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/944107

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  75. You did an excellent job on these mirrors! Way to go!
    Michelle Platt - Pinterest Enthusiast

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  76. Adorable but tedious! Don't know if I'd have the patience for it....kudos to you!!!

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  77. BLOWN AWAY at how incredibly awesome this is. Great job!

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  78. Love, love, love your DIY attitude! The mirror is beautiful! Since I'm not the best DIYer, and can't find the tutorial or the way out of a paper bag, what is the bling you added on the x axis and y axis? Is it for decoration or functional, or both.

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    1. Thank you Riki! The bling is decorative. They are acrylic crystal gems I picked up at Hobby Lobby, I believe near/in their bead and jewelry making section. There is a picture of the package of gems in this post right under the list of materials if that helps.

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  79. love your mirror redo, I would love to feature it , if that would be ok please let me know,
    lauren

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  80. this. is. GORGEOUS!!! you are amazing for coming up with this. found this via pinterest. i have this old mirror at the end of my hallway that i've been pondering what to do with once i take it down to paint the walls - keep it, leave it, replace it with art, etc. - i just figured it out! :) your tutorial is FANTASTIC and hilarious. i can't wait to rock this. i hope you're cool with having a bunch of knock offs of your awesome project floating around :) thanks so much for your inspiration and a really great, detailed tutorial and all the photos!!

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    1. Hi Jamie Lynn, thank you so much! I don't mind at all, that's what the tutorial is for! If you do make it, I'd love to see a photo, send it to me or post on the Lilikoi Joy facebook page! Sharon

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  81. Loved this Makeover. Inspired me to make one myself thankyou Sharon :)

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  82. Like you, this has been swirling in my head for awhile, thankfully I'd saved it and will use it when I move into my new house. I'm thrilled that you went into all the detail in your tutorial, I know it's labor intensive to write but leaving out a step would make following impossible. It's always those little things that I wonder about. Mentioning that, I will take your measurements and notes to HD The only part which went over my head is the outside molding, "door stop molding". On close inspection of the pix I'm wondering if it's an L shaped piece so that it covers the top and the side. Found the balsa wood today at HL so now I know where to get that (along with 80% off of Xmas stuff which was great), looks like it's so soft that you could almost cut it with a razor knife. I will send pictures when I complete my mirrors. I know I'm going to go nuts when I see all the pretty molding, I always do. This is a project that go super fancy or contemporary. You've come up with a real winner, maybe I'll learn how to do some miters and add molding around the room. Bless you for taking so much time in explaining this. Happy New Year from Georgia.

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    1. Hi Alice, thanks for your kind note! The molding you are asking about is what I know as door stop molding. There is a picture of it right after the materials list above, just click on that graphic to make it larger. It is not that L shaped channel molding as what you're describing although that could work too if you find the size you like and fits flush to the side of the MDF. You can use any smaller molding that you like that you think would look good around the edge of the MDF. Good luck with your project and I look forward to seeing photos of it. Sharon

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  83. Fan-tabulous! I love what you did ... so clever!

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  84. Hi Sharon,
    I LOVE this mirror makeover and just wanted to let you know that I’ve featured this project on my website: www.DIYFunIdeas.com. It’s a hub for all kinds of fun & creative DIY ideas. The direct link to the featured post is: http://diyfunideas.com/how-to-transform-a-door-mirror-into-a-beautiful-display-mirror/
    Feel free to let your readers know you've been featured and thanks so much for your wonderful creativity!
    ~Jenise

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  85. Sharon I have 2 mirrors I absconded with from my Mom's house and this is exactly what I've been wanting to do with them in my bedroom! Your detailed instructions are wonderful and the end product is quite tres chic!! Thanks so much. Warmer weather is coming (I hope) and this is on my "to do" list.

    Blessings, Edie Marie

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