Tuesday, July 24, 2012

You Can Cross That Bad Boy Off the List

It's done: our little side project is complete. Mitch and I put the finishing touches on the driftwood mirror last night. So today I'm going to share with you the journey from this super ugly mirror into a cool driftwood one. Here's what it looks like now.

But this guy had very humble beginnings. Actually very ugly beginnings. Remember when I posted a long time ago about finding a mirror at Goodwill? Here's the original post. Check it out. And here's what the mirror used to look like.



So it was in need of a slight makeover and I didn't know exactly what I was going to do with it--I knew I wanted a starburst mirror of sorts but didn't know what I wanted it to be made out of. Then when I planned this New England trip, I knew (hoped) I could find driftwood to pretty this little lady up. And I sure did. There was an abundance.

First, I painted the ugly mirror so that if by chance a portion of the frame itself would be showing, you wouldn't be able to see that horrible faux finish. It's Ben Moore's Revere Pewter (the same as our bedroom) and just happened to be pretty much the same color as the driftwood. Love it when everything works out on its own. 

I had a little helper:) Oh before we painted the frame Revere Pewter, I sprayed the inside part with a gold spray paint I had on hand just to give it a little shimmer.

Ahh...much better already.

Then Mitch attached the driftwood to the frame with a nail gun. I wasn't sure how this part was going to work out--didn't know if I had to glue the wood or nail them, but the nail gun proved to be the best resort (we didn't even try glue) and really worked like a charm. So around the frame we went, nailing a layer of driftwood. After the initial layer, we went back and added another one with smaller pieces to fill in any gaps we may have missed.

I had to include this picture...Mitch's expression is priceless here. I think all I asked was for him to hold up the mirror so I could take a pic, and this is the face I got.

And here's the retake after having a good laugh.

And here's Mitch holding it up in the place where I want it to go. We had to measure it and I think it'll work here above where our bed will be. We actually might have to trim a piece or two to make it fit--it's pretty ginormous.

Can't ya see it--hanging over our bed there? I think it's the perfect spot for a starburst mirror and how fun to know that we made it ourselves with driftwood I gathered from the New England coast! Can't wait to see it in its permanent spot.

So there's another project completed that has been on the wish list for a while. Hope you guys enjoyed it. Have you finished anything lately? I'd love to hear about it!

Linking to:
Lovely Crafty Home
The Shabby Nest
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tatertots & Jello


  1. What a beautiful mirror! I love it. Megan

  2. Welllll, not my taste but you guys did a good job. I'm a little too traditional for this and all I can see is the spider webs that would accumulate if it were in my old thick stone walled spider infested house. Anyway it looks like it will work well in your house. Just sayin'. MA

  3. Looks great! What a fun project... wonderful results :)

  4. Looks great!!! It's going to be great over your bed. Not a traditional starburst which I love :)

  5. Ahh! To be so creative...
    New England crafters will salute you...
    Magnificent...out of the ordinary...
    ok, I'll stop...lol...

  6. I live in Maine near the coast and walk by all the drifwood on the beach constantly. (Usually I'm looking for sand dollars and seaglass) Next time I will see the potential in driftwood! Thanks for the inspiration!


  7. Can't believe how that mirror transformed! I can't wait to see your bedroom all finished with that mirror trying to steal the show. I'm going to look for some driftwood when I go to the beach but I've only ever found 1 piece. Can't make too much with one piece...

  8. I love your mirror! I love starburst mirrors and I love the driftwood, together it works great. We also recently took a bad piece and made it better. I had an old wood bench that was left by the previous owner of our house. The bench was old, wobbly, and on its way to the dump. I have been looking at a lot of gardening magazines lately and I love the bright colors that are currently in vogue. I decided this bench would be a good piece to experiment with. We added some support to the legs, painted it a bright turqoise-blue, and placed it next to a privacy trellis/fence that my husband built last year. I love this piece now! I love turning trash into treasure. You can check it out at my blog: www.housecallsdesign.blogspot.com

    1. Hey Laura:) Wow! Your bench looks great! Way to turn some trash into treasure. I love the bright color you painted it--so fun! Thanks for sharing your latest project:)

  9. I love this! You guys did an amazing job -- so beautiful :)

  10. I am new to your blog and love the colors in your house. Especially interested in what color you used on the walls in your basement. I'm looking for a subtle gray.

    1. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by:) The color of our basement is Valspar French Gray. Hope that helps!

  11. this is beautiful!!! my husband would LOVE this style, great idea! ill be keeping this in mind :) thank you!

    katie@little things bring smiles

  12. OMG - I love this and I love decorating with branches but this is something I would never have thought of doing - and it's GORGEOUS - have to copy this one :)
    Definitely your newest follower - would love to have you come by and follow back


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