Sometimes you encounter rooms that have odd space plans and/or window placement and this room I recently designed in the video above, was one of those! It had an odd, off-set window that needed a fantastic statement mirror to balance the room. I teamed up with Cabot Premium Wood Finish to create a custom, craftsmen inspired statement mirror using warm wood tones to bring a cozy, homey vibe to the borrrrriiiinnnggg space. Watch the video above for the before, after and DIY! Also check out DIY Colorful Chairs where I used bright stains to create a mis-matched look.
The room BEFORE…
I changed the placement of the couch and brought in more colorful pillows and accessories to add design interest along with the pretty wood mirror.
- mirror – either unfinished wood or a mirror that you can sand to remove the previous finish/varnish or paint
- paint brushes – one large for the wood finish and one small artist brush for the corner joints
- painter’s tape
- Cabot Premium Wood Finish in the color(s) of your choice , I used two natural wood tones for slight variation and a mixed wood look. The finishes come in a bunch of bright colors too….see how I used them on dining chairs in this post!
- If your mirror has a previous finish on it, sand it off with medium grit sandpaper. If your mirror is unfinished wood you can skip this step.
- Tape off the interior of the mirror to protect it from the finish
- Tape off the sides of the wood frame that you want to apply your first color – I used the corner joint as my separation joint.
- Apply your coat of wood finish using your large brush and strokes that mimic the natural direction of the wood grain
- Let dry then move tape and repeat step 3 with your other color along the other side of your mirror – let dry for 2 hours or until dry to the touch
- Apply your craftsmen painted “wood joints” using your smaller artist brush and a dark shade of finish. Paint L shapes in the corners which from far away will look like wood joints!
- Hang it on your wall! Bam!
- House plants! Learn more in Hard to kill houseplants