Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sunburst In The Dining Room


I've been looking for a round mirror for the stenciled wall in the dining room but have had no such luck.  We tried a larger piece of art on that wall but the colors and patterns didn't mesh well with the stencil already there.  I needed something dark and pretty solid to stand out against the stencil.  I decided a sunburst mirror would fit this space nicely. 

I made one for my daughter's room with skewers but knew that one would be too small for this spot.  I wanted it to be thick and dark.  After seeing several versions, I decided to use paint sticks.  They are free and thick enough to make an impact on the wall.  I had some in the garage at home but knew I needed way more.  I grabbed an arm-full from Home Depot one day while I was out.  I also bought a 12 inch round beveled mirror from Hobby Lobby.  It was half off candles sale so it came to $4.00.  I had the rest of the supplies at home.

Supplies used:
paint stir sticks
round mirror
stain
gorilla glue
wall hanger

Let's get started.  I stained the front and sides of each stick.


After they were dry, I laid my sticks out to see what pattern I wanted and to get the spacing right.  You can see where I drew some guide lines to help but ended up not using the lines.  I just tried to get the space between them as even as possible.  Once this was done, I started gluing each one on the back of the mirror.  Remember to use tiny dots with gorilla glue.  It expands as it dries.  I marked a line on each stick to make sure they were the same distance from the edge of the mirror.  This row would be in the front so I had to cut the rounded, handle side off.  I just scored with wire cutters and snapped off the end. 


I staggered the back row and glued them on the backs of the front row.  You couldn't see the round edges here so I left them full length. 


After all the sticks were in place, I glued a picture hanger to the back and left overnight to dry.  I sat a box and trash can on top to make sure it bonded tight.

I love how the dark wood contrasts against the stencil.  You can see the wood grain through the stain.






The mirror fills this space nicely.  This project only cost me $4.00, the price of the mirror.  I had the other supplies on hand.

Sunburst mirrors are a huge trend and I love the look of them.  Even if they do go away, I think this one may stay on my wall for a while.  Do you like sunburst mirrors or are they too trendy for you?

 

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51 comments:

  1. This looks great and HOW EASY! Please link up to my party @
    http://qualitycheaphome.blogspot.com/2012/05/piece-of-cake-linky-party-6.html

    Hope to see you there!

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  2. That looks really good and is perfect for that wall! I do not think that I would have the guts to grab a bunch of paint sticks... I wonder if they sell them in bulk?

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  3. looks good and at my paint store i know the paint man. ang

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  4. It is amazing you made that! Looks beautiful.

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  5. That looks great! I applaud your creativity.

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  6. Lovely!!!! I am a new reader, and noticed your post from Chic on a Shoestring party. I made a similar mirror, but it is very light in color, and I really like the dark stain, nice!!!! Creating over at http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com - Tanya :)

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  7. love this!! and holy cow love the wall too! super cute! i would love for you to add this to my weekend link party. check it out here:
    http://www.lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2012/05/spread-love-8-harem-royal-giveaway.html
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  8. Your mirror is the perfect accent piece. It looks wonderful.

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  9. Your new mirror really turned out great, Andrea!! The contrast of the dark stain against that gorgeous, stenciled wall is amazing. :-) Sue

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  10. Love this. IT is absolutely perfect for your wall!

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  11. Just wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my link party wrap up :)

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  12. Please, Pleas, Pleas, come and share this at my Sunday Round up Party @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/ I love it so much I want to make one.
    I'm also a new follower of your lovely blog. I hope you can come and check out my blog too.
    Rose

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  13. Looks great, I am dying to try this myself. You did a really good job.

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  14. LOL! I stop by her and guess what? I'm taking a break from making a .... drum roll please ... starburst mirror! And I'm just now fussing with how to affix those shims to the back. So thanks for the help!

    :)

    Linda

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  15. ... and I pinned this to my Homes.com Spring into the Dream contest board too!

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  16. years ago there was a sunburst clock in my moms living room this so makes me think of that thanks for sharing

    have a great day and if you find time come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  17. Fabulous and cheap!!! Love how this turned out... so clever using paint stirrers. Thanks so much for sharing at Project Queen's Link Party.

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  18. Oh my gosh I love this! I can't believe it's paint sticks. It turned out so great. I would love for you to share this at my link party
    http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/05/share-it-link-party-11.html

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  19. It looks great!! I love the dark color of the sticks showing the wood grain! Perfect on that beautiful stenciled wall!

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  20. Amazing! So deceptively simple, and so well done! My husband's a professional painter - so, I think I could land some paint sticks. What an awesome idea! Thanks so, so much for doing this project and sharing!

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  21. This is one to copy!!!!!!!! Fabulous - your newest follower would love you to follow me too!!!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  22. This is great!! I can't believe how inexpensive it was to make!

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Kate

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  23. I can't get over how great this is! I featured your post on my facebook page this morning.

    http://www.facebook.com/craftykateblog

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  24. I featured your mirror yesterday on my blog Finding Fabulous! I LOVE this project, great job!

    Jane
    FF

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  25. I've been dying to try this. For $4, why not?

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  26. Genius, sunburst mirrors are the best. I might make one for my son's new room. Thank you very much for the idea

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  27. Smart, smart smart! I would've never thought to use paintsticks! I'm going to try this. Thanks for linking to Handmade Tuesdays.

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  28. This is a fantastic project! Would you consider linking it up at my Pinworthy Projects Party? I hope to see you there!

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  29. Thank you so much for linking up your suburst mirror! I've featured your post, so head on over and grab a brag button!
    http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2012/05/tuesday-confessional-features-1.html
    Thanks!
    ~Macy

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  30. Wow, this is great! I might give it a try in our living room. Thanks!

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  31. One question for you, how come you broke off the rounded ends on the bottom layer of sticks? Did they not fit as well or something?

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  32. I love DIY sunburst mirrors. Yours is beautiful! Great job! :)

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  33. That's beautiful - it looks just right for that wall! Love it. :)

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  34. It's beautifull. Congratulations for your idea.
    Greetings

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  35. I love sunburst mirrors and yours looks perfect on the stenciled wall. Thanks for linking to the Home Decor and Organizing Link Party. I'm featuring this today.

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  36. This is absolutely gorgeous!!! What a brilliant idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Homemaker in Heels! :) I just featured this on my FB and Twitter pages and it will be featured at the blog this weekend :) Have a great week!
    Crystal

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  37. Hey, just wanted to let you know this will be featured tomorrow over at http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/

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  38. The mirror turned out wonderful!! Thank you for sharing your project at the Open House party.

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  39. LOVE this mirror and the color you painted it!!!

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  40. LOVE this!! Featuring you tomorrow :)

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  41. Love your blog!
    Found you on the blog hop.
    Care to follow back?

    http://www.countryliving-productreviews.blogspot.com

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  42. Absolutely fabulous tutorial, I'm going to share a sneak peak on Thursday with full links back to you, on my blog: http://NineRed.blogspot.com

    I would LOVE to hear about how you got so many paint stir sticks, I would be so nervous! I'm sure we'd all love a few tips, hehe.

    Thanks again for a well written and photographed tutorial.

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  43. The mirror AND the stenciled wall are beautiful! I think I may steal both ideas! :)

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  44. Beautifully done mirror and gorgeous on that wall - I love it!

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  45. Hi Andrea! found you thru the versatile blog award list on Twenty63 - LOVE LOVE your stenciled wall, not to mention that mirror, so pretty. I'm of the opinion that "rustic" goes with many different styles of decor - there's always a place for it in every home. New follower to you.
    JoAnn

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  46. This is gorgeous! A quick question: About how many sticks did you end up needing to create your mirror?

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  47. THis looks great! I made one using liquid nails and it ate through the mirror backing and left black marks on the front of the mirror where it ate it off. Did yours not do that? Maybe I should have used gorilla glue???
    Thanks!
    athomeamy1@windstream.net
    Amy

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  48. love this! Featuring you on the blog and sharing on FB tomorrow! Thanks so much for linking up with OPC and the DIY village to support Habitat4Humanity. Hope to see back tomorrow night. facebook.com/oneprojectcloser

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