Sometime ago I drew out how I wanted our living room wall to look like. On the right side of our fireplace I drew a big grid mirror with a chair in front of it and a tree to the side.
Seven months ago is how long ago I drew this idea. I knew it would look good but to find a grid mirror that big was going to cost us some serious money. They ranged anywhere from $800 to $1500 and still were on a smaller side. I don’t know about you, but we don’t have that kind of money to spend on a mirror. So the drawing was tucked away and the wall remained blank.
Until one day we decided, well why can’t we try to recreate the look ourselves?
As my husband was cleaning out the garage one day, he came across some old bypass mirror doors that we had stored away sometime ago. So right before loading up the truck with the junk, the doors and bringing it to the dumpster the idea struck. Why not take the mirrors out of these doors and recreate the look we wanted. We quickly measured the mirror and as if it was meant to be, a perfect fit!
The two mirrors were glued to the wall. We first used paint tape for reference for the grids and we made sure one of the strips would go over the seam where the two mirrors came together. Now two mirrors became one big mirror.
Next step was to make the frame and the grids. So hubs went to Home Depot and bought a 24 ft Windsor Trim for a frame and 1’x6’x8’ poplar wood for the grids.
He used this fancy lap joint technique that made the overlapping more secure and look more professional.
After carefully taking the measurements he cut and glued up the grids, the frame and painted the entire setup black.
It was perfect just like I had envisioned seven months ago with a fraction of the cost.
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