rustic framed mirrors…

i’m a big fan of the shanty-2-chic women… i absolutely love their style… it is exactly what i want in my own home… and given that it is unreasonable for them to move in with me and/or make a bunch of furniture and decor items for me, i suppose i’ll just have to follow their instructions and do it myself… take, for instance, these amazing rustic framed mirrors… i love them…

i knew instantly that i wanted this look for my own dining room… and since we’ve never had a formal dining room before, i have a clean slate to work with… no furniture to work around… so whatever i want to do… and i want to do this… following the instructions, i made a couple frames…

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unfortunately, the first set of frames i made were the wrong size… the mirrors i bought were slightly bigger than theirs and didn’t fit in the frames… ugh! are you kidding me?! they were really, really close… i even measured and it was perfect… ohhhhhh… except, i measured the wood with it butted up next to each other… but… when you screw the pieces together, it closes the gaps… and makes the interior section smaller… so… i decided to find another way to use those two frames… since they were complimentary in size and color to the mirrors, i can have them close by… everyone will surely thing i did this on purpose…. brilliant!!

i bought a roll of this wallpaper from home depot… and had my daughter cut it to fit the frames…

then we painted them with this satin nickel spray paint… next we just stapled the wallpaper to the back of the two frames and hung them on the wall… this was just an easy project – and looks really great… perfect for a big piece of (really cheap) art… and nobody ever has to know that these started from a measuring screw up…

side note: the chicken was a gift from my friend… when the ex-boyfriend and i were fighting over home decor, my friend and i had a discussion about picking our battles… and we were reminded of this blog post… shortly after our discussion, she found the metal chicken in the above picture… best.gift.ever!! it was supposed to serve as a reminder to me and the boyfriend to pick our battles… unfortunately, the battles with him turned out to be an actual war – and he lost… but i got to keep the chicken… it now stands as a monument of the war won – and also makes me giggle… mostly because i can assure you that my friend and i are absolutely the kind of people that would have the conversations the bloggess and her friend had…

back to the mirrors… i remeasured and rebuilt the frames for the mirrors… attached them to the plywood backing… then stained them…

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once the stain was dry, i made sure they fit…. they did… so i applied the mirror adhesive to the plywood and gently set the mirrors in place… i’m not sure why since i had just dry fitted them, but i was surprised… so much so that i felt this step needed to be photographed, as well….

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after all three mirrors were done, it was time to hang them… this was tricky… they obviously needed to be level – individually and as a set… so… we hung the first one… fine… but for the second one, we had to somehow line it up with the first one – without being able to see the back – so we couldn’t see where to put the wall anchors… we ended up taking a couple of small finishing nails and slightly hammering them in to the back of the frames… then we lined up the second frame with the first one that was already on the wall… we gave the front of the second frame a small tap (just enough to make a couple of tiny holes in the drywall)… then set the frame on the floor and put the wall anchors and screws in the two tiny holes… then we hung the second mirror – and it was perfect!! so… we did the same technique with the third mirror – also perfect!! they are all lined up and look great…

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once we get a dining room table built, this room is going to look fabulous!! and now, every time i walk by these babies, i squee… and my daughter says, “are you going to do that EVERY time you see them?” i smile and say, “yep”…

and… then two years later, i decided i didn’t like the wall color… so… here is the new “finished” version… still love it!!

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