Tuesday, April 10, 2012

diy sunburst mirror

                                           

After the artwork that didn't go quite as planned I started thinking about my collection of 
 diy projects that hadn't turned out.
I decided to see what I could rescue before starting a new project.

Of course, I started with the easiest! 

This sunburst mirror was inspired by cute and sassy Cassie @ Hi Sugarplum.
I made it last fall from wood shims, but wanted the color
a shinier metallic gold and never found the perfect spot for it...until today!
 
TIP: You should make sure you have a spot for your projects
this is 40 x 40, and doesn't just fit in any corner! 






 I followed Cassie's tutorial that she followed from J and J Home.

2 packages of wood shims from local hardware store
Sturdy round form - 12"
Glue sticks



Start gluing the shims to the outer edge of your form, continue with the second layer 
which Cassie clearly explains you'll want to glue closer to the center to get
a nice dimension.


She tore hers apart after realizing she had glued the second layer right on top of the first.
I followed along perfectly, mistakes and all!
Wouldn't those people who make blonde jokes have a hey day with us!


Continue with ALL of your shims!



6 months later...measure the center and glue your mirror onto the shims,


and find a space for your completed diy!

Do you have a collection of unfinished projects?  Do tell!


24 comments:

Ange said...

Pam, that mirror looks gorgeous over the bench! Nice job finishing it up and finding it a home. :) I am working on some "unfinished" projects this week. I am horrible at starting things and then finding a new project to start before the old one(s) are done.

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

Ooh, the mirror looks great on your newly painted walls! I think we all have a few unfinished projects so I better get out my sewing machine and finish my pillows! Thanks for the inspiration!

Carly | a simple affair said...

Pam! This is the perfect spot!! Looks fabulous! I wish I at least had some unfinished projects. I have all these ideas for projects that have yet to be started.

Keeping it Cozy said...

I love your mirror! It looks great there. Yes, I do have unfinished projects... I start something with a picture in my mind of how it should look and when it doesn't I get discouraged and stick it away. A few weeks ago I made a wreath that didn't turn out right so I stuck it under the bed for another time. :)

Andrea said...

I love it, no matter how long it took! It looks great over your bench.

Cathy Wall said...

Perfectly placed with the black bench and the pops of pink! The problem with unfinished projects like these at my house (and I have many) is that they live in my dining room until I get to them! I do have to ask...it looks like you did not paint the shims, am I correct? If that is the case, I am so doing this one!

pam {simple details} said...

Oops! Thanks for reminding me, Cathy! I did paint the shims, brushed on with gold metallic craft paint.

Holly said...

I'm going to try this one too someday - either for me or a client. Quick, inexpensive, and packs a huge punch. And, hiya cute as ever Tory Burch bag! Adorable - I'm treating myself to some Tory flats soon. I've got a ton of unfinished projects - sooner or later they'll get done.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love that! the warmth it adds above the bench is perfect!

Lisa Mende said...

Pam, you are a girl after my own heart! I have more unfinished projects than I care to admit! Your mirror looks great!!!! Have a great day!

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

This looks amazing Pam! Love your hot pink Tory Burch tote making an appearance too! :)

Dana Frieling@ Make Them Wonder said...

Well, it's about time...ha! It looks great. Did you ask yourself, "Why didn't I finish that earlier?" right after you hung it?

Simple Dwellings said...

This project gets me every time! I love it! I definitely need to try it. Yours turned out great. :)

Amanda said...

Love it!! its perfect for that space. And I think I need your little TB pink bag! too cute!

Leslie said...

Love your mirror - and also those TB shoes and bag :) Have a wonderful day!

leslie

Gretchen said...

Most of my unfinished projects have been tossed out. Your mirror project is beautiful!

Gretchen

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

What a perfectly styled photo! Wish I was sitting right there slipping those cute shoes on and picking up that fabulous bag, right before checking my lipstick in the mirror and heading out the door. Beautiful!

Lisa Scibilia said...

Oh I love, love, love it Pam! And your photo styling is SO pretty in the first photo - you had me at hello! (black bench, pops of pink, cute shoes??) Reminding me yet again why it's just not fair that you live so far away from me!
Now where on earth can I put one of these in my house??

Maureen at The Inglenook Decor said...

this is an amazing DIY...just all the possibilities of what can be used as shims...Are they considered unfinished projects if they are still sitting in my mind...Grrr, not enough DIY time!

Lori said...

I love your mirror! It looks great over the bench. (And your pink Tory is amazing too!)

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

I love the color, Pam. This is a great example of a good-sized piece of artwork and love the styling of the vignette - shoes and all!

Meg {henninglove} said...

i love that sunburst mirror!! and cassie's blog is just awesome

Jill Elaine said...

I do have a pile of projects - most involve my sewing machine! Gotta get busy next week!

Brandi said...

Your mirror looks great, Pam! I love the color you chose. Yellow is my favorite!

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