I’ve been oogling several Pottery Barn floor mirrors for quite some time. I knew I would never buy one, as I could never in a million years justify spending $499 on a mirror.
Instead, I decided to try and DIY one! I’m pretty broke the last few weeks because hubby and I just shelled out some dough on a late June vacation to California. And by broke, I mean BROKE AS A JOKE! No joke. So, budget for this project was $25. I had one of those junky $5 mirrors already in my bedroom so that was the mirror piece sorted. We used to have a solid wood table in our laundry room that we inherited with the house. We took it apart about a year ago, but I wouldn’t let Brian through it out, so that has been hanging out in our garage wood scrap pile for a while. I knew it would come in handy one day! With the table top and mirror…my vision started to come to life:
At this point, I accidently stepped on the mirror and smashed the glass. Yup. I sure did. Quick trip to Target and $6 dollar mirror later…
Can you see it yet? How about a little trim…
I created the 45 degree angles on the trim using my miter box. If you don’t own one of these yet, it’s a must buy. They cost about $20 and you can get them at any major home improvement store.
Using liquid nails as well as some trim nails, I secured the trim in place. I used wood glue to secure the mirror in the center of the table top.
I caulked everything to get a clean, sealed look.
When it comes to caulking, fingers and a damp cloth are your best friend. Swiping a finger down the length of the area you just caulked will give you a perfectly smooth line. Similarly, if the caulk has started to dry and it’s not smooth and even, wipe a damp cloth down the length and it will do the trick.
Once the caulk was dry (about an hour later) I taped off the mirror and sanded and primed everything:
I was going to spray paint everything white…but decided at the last second to buy silver metallic spray paint instead of white. I figured the bedroom has enough white going on and a silver mirror might be more fun!
I coated the surface with three coats of spray paint. The trick to getting a good finish here is to go light and easy. Three thin coats is better than one thick, gloopy, streaky coat.
Now, listen up. I learned a new lesson with this silver metallic spray paint. DO NOT finish with a clear coat! It completely gets rid of the metallic finish and turns it a dull gray. Learn from my mistakes people! I had to completely sand down an entire corner and re-paint!
After taking 2 days to completely cure, I was left with this gem:
Here’s the cost breakdown:
Mirror: $5.99 (since I broke the first one!)
Caulk: Already owned
Primer: Already owned
Silver spray paint: $4.98
Table top: Already owned.
If I hadn’t broken the mirror…..the total would have been $22.98. I’m considering this project a success! Let’s keep the little mirror mishap between us, mmmkay?
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