Day 12 of organizing: DIY Sunburst Mirror

When we first moved into the home we had to fix the drywall in the basement, so I bought a huge bundle of long wood shims for about $15 and had a ton left over. Also, in our old apartment I had a bunch of little circle mirrors from Target hanging in our bedroom but then once we moved they got put in a closet until further notice. Put those babies together and you’ve got a F-R-E-E DIY project! My favorite!

I made a square base of three (approximately) 6-inch long wood shims to start with, then I slowly layered on more shims throughout the day. I put about 2-3 at a time, then weighed it down with a heavy book for an hour to dry, then repeated that step over and over until it was finished. It’s about 3 piles deep, so only about 2 inches thick when all is said and done. I let it dry completely overnight for 2 days before the next step:

I lightly sanded the whole piece just to get stray splinters off, but I was going for a sort of weathered/reclaimed look so I didn’t make it perfectly smooth. Unfortunately it rained for a week so I resorted to priming with regular paint instead of my BFF Kilz spray primer, and while I was at it I primed a few other things I had on my to-do list.

Terrible weather called for hand painted priming. Boo! Hiss!

The next day it cleared up enough for me to spray on 3 thin coats of pure white Rustoleum spray paint in a satin finish.

Once the spray paint was dry I used a hot glue gun to attach the mirror to the front and Gorilla Glue to attach the hook to the back. The hook was just the original backing to the mirror that I scraped off to reuse.


Here she blows:

Ooooh! Ahhhh!

And a little farther away:

On the wall itself it’s a bit small, but paired with the zebra chairs and gallery wall it adds the right amount of oomph for the space:

However, because I’m me,  few months later I decided it needed a little more va-voom so I spraypainted it aqua and then glazed it with black (read about that process here), then I drew some wallpaper onto the wall with a Sharpie paint pen (read about that process here):

DIY Glazed Sunburst Mirror



20 thoughts on “Day 12 of organizing: DIY Sunburst Mirror

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  4. This looks fab! your whole room is the zebra chairs and the picture wall. I would mix glaze into that paint you have on the wall and do stripes. then it would only be seen in certain lights…you know what I mean?! Stencil might be too much against the zebra. Or maybe small stencils or bflies randomly on that wall..hmmm…a darker gray [it looks gray to me] bfly then white accents like polka dots on the wings..teehee..I know what I would do and am excited, but explain it!! Sorry!!! Another great job!! Thanks for showing!

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  8. Hi there! Stenciling that wall would be awesome sauce! If you’re a bit worried about your stenciling genius, I would go for a soft metallic silver paint or maybe just “Wheat Bread” paint but in glossy. It’ll be subtle, but give the wall that little something extra. You could always do the board and batten thing, too. Or! Maybe just a chair rail molding in white or black and then a deeper color on the bottom half of the wall. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    • I’ve got some plans that include a cardboard box cutout and some painters tape…. just building up the patience to sit and do it all 🙂 haha

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  10. Beautiful! I love the gray, white, and black color palette you used in the room. I think the wall could use something else too…not sure what, though.

    • It’s Wheat Bread by Behr… I think I got it in a matte finish by accident (I usually go with Satin) but I love it. Then in the front entrance I have White Truffle by Behr.
      Wheat Bread is the darkest on the swatch, White Tuffle is the lightest. 🙂

  11. You totally had to “organize” the shims! Cool mirror! Stenciling can go either way… What about a vinyl decal once you get your new cutter thingy?

    • I did get my cutter! I am dying to play with it but I just haven’t had the time yet.
      I want to do the duct tape, but I am a bit intimidated by it. I’m thinking maybe even a partial stencil, but oh they’re so hard.

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