Saturday, March 5, 2011

"M" is for Mirror

The "Eagan" knock off mirror.


Sorry Pottery Barn, I wasn't about to pay $250 plus shipping for your gorgeous mirror.

I made mine for a total cost of about $90.
And mine is bigger, 15 mirrors versus their 9.

Eagan Multipanel Mirror, Small, Bronze finish

image from Pottery Barn



The space behind our dining table needed some light.



Mirrors work wonders!
My inspiration came from Layla at The Lettered Cottage.  She has a great tutorial here.
And Brook from Being Brook has another tutorial here.

Here's how I made the mirror:

I loosely followed Layla and Brook's steps above except I stained my wood with Minwax special walnut.

I applied one coat of stain before constructing, here's the frame ready for the second coat of stain:


Close up of corner, I used 3/4" screen moulding.

Around the edges I used 1" x 1/4" flat moulding turned on it's side:
(this will hide the hanging piece on the back and create depth off the wall)


Cleaned glue and sanded, then applied the second coat of stain:


On the back I used a French cleat attached to a 1x4 (which is glued and screwed on from the front):


This cleat can hold up to 200 pounds and mirror gets heavy!

All done and on the wall.






A nice addition to the kitchen.


One last before and after:


Worth the work.


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36 comments:

Brook said...

Gorgeous!! I love how big it is. You did a wonderful job!

Sweetened by Kagi said...

You did a great job! Thank you for sharing your creativity with everyone :)

Holly Austin said...

This is gorgeous, I'm loving it!

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Wow, Jaime, that looks amazing!!! The beveled (sp?) glass makes it look realllly sharp. :)

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

That is amazing and so much cooler than PB!!!! Looks great in your dining room!

Becolorful said...

That is so great looking. A little push with the power tools and I think I could do it. :)
I was intrigued by your thumbnail. A good photo will always draw me in.
Pam @ BeColorful

Dixie Delights said...

I can't believe you made this! My mother just said this weekend she wanted the same one from PB but yours is better :-) I just tagged you as a stylish blogger ...
http://dixiedelights.blogspot.com/2011/03/stylish-blogger.html

Brandy and Fam said...

This looks like a lot of work, but it was definitely worth it. I love mirrors (have them in practically every room of my house). Great project and great blog. I'm new and love it!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a great metamorphosis! Well done.

I am having a hilarious Linky party with prizes this Wednesday. Details are on my blog today.
I hope you'll join in on the fun.

Erin said...

I love this idea! I found your blog at the DIY Showoff. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back: http://stillwaterstory.blogspot.com/
Again, you did a fantastic job with this mirror! I love recreating overly priced items for less! :-)

FancieStrands said...

Fabulous! This is great looking. I need something behind my bed and this is so different. I love it. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing. Visiting and following via Made by you Mondays".

Kimmy said...

Gorgeous!! I love what it added to the space and you just can't beat that price savings! I love knocking off PB, they give some great inspiration!

The DIY Show Off said...

Jaime - it's stunning! I've always wanted to DIY this mirror. You did a fantastic job! I love it!

Thank you so much for sharing your hard work and creativity in the DIY Project Parade! ;)

Roeshel

Robin said...

What a change a few mirros can make! I love your take on a Pottery Barn favorite of mine. Very well done!

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Gorgeous! What a great PB knockoff!

Julie said...

I;m running out of room! I love the look but no more space!
juliesfreshperspectives.blogspot.com

Catherine @ peace love sweater said...

Seriously! This is beautiful - I am so inspired! I've been looking at that mirror for months and it never would have occurred to me that I could make one. I absolutely love it and am gonna put this on my to do list! You never know it might actually happen....

Love, love, love it!

Martina said...

You did such a great job on the mirror. I like it more then PB!!

Judy said...

You really did such an amazing job on the mirror. I have been a follower for a while. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot,com. Thanks so much.

Steve W. said...

That turned out fabulous! I'm bookmarking this in case I get up the guts to try it!

Mikalah said...

So pretty! I'm dying to make one of those mirrors. I love that they mimic a window and just bounce the light around. It really brightens up your kitchen even more!

Sommer said...

Jamie I'm totaly dumbfounded. This is FABULOUS! Great idea! I would be delighted if you would link this to my VIP party today! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/03/vip-party-6.html

Cheers!
Sommer

Rachel Nicole said...

I LOVE it!! I'm definately going to put it on my list! what a great idea!

Lucy Designs said...

very nice!!

Cozy Home Scenes said...

I like your larger version better than the original. The large size looks more in scale with the multiple mirrors. Very creative!

Claire said...

M is for marvelous-so love your mirror-I'm a follower!!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Fabulous!! I have always loved this mirror at PB but not the price. Thanks for the inspiration.
xo,
Sherry

The DIY Show Off said...

Hi Jaime - just a head's up. I'm including a link to your project in this weeks' DIY highlights. :)

Thanks so much for sharing!

Roeshel

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

Great job! I'm featuring you on Flaunt it Friday, please stop by and grab an I was featured button if you'd like. :)

Becca said...

This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing this beautiful mirror! Love it. Becca

www.adventuresindecorating1.blogspot.com

jandjhome said...

This is amazing. Beautiful and I love the price tag!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, Jaime! First, I'm now a follower. Second, I featured this mirror knock off in my Recognition Day Thursday post and you can view it at http://www.homemakeronadime.com/2011/03/recognition-day-thursday-mirror-for-sho.html. Great job on the mirror!

Holly said...

Awesome, Jaime! I'm so glad you were finally able to get all the mirrors. I've seen this done with just regular mirrors, and it's nice, but the beveled edges really make the difference. Good work!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

gorgeous!! i like your version better than the original!

m e g a n said...

I love these mirrors!

Meg

Crystal (theweekendhomemaker.com) said...

I'm in love with that Pottery Barn mirror and think yours looks just ask good as the real deal!