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DIY Sunburst Mirror

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 extra in the garage at home since we had started painting other rooms in the house already. I would always grab a couple extra on each paint trip to Home Depot. I also bought a 12 inch round beveled mirror from Hobby Lobby. It was half off candles sale so it came to $4.00.
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I stained the front and sides of each stick.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The mirror fills this space nicely. This project only cost me $4.00, the price of the mirror.

To see more: http://decoratingcents.blogspot.com/2012/05/sunburst-in-dining-room.html

  • Pallet Man
    Pallet Man Nampa, ID

    Did Home Depot say you could take all of these stir sticks even if you did not buy gallons of paint ? HD usually allows 1 or 2 sticks per gallon.

    • Elliott Cooper
      Elliott Cooper Minneapolis, MN

      Home Depot sells a 10 pack of those sticks for $ 0.98.

  • Pat Maxey

    Just wondering if this would work with a round clock? I need a larger clock over our computer desks, our cumputer desk are side by side and the whole wall unit is at lest 8 feet wide? Just wondering! Thanks for the idea anyway.

  • Lisa Kane

    Very cool idea!

  • Nakia H
    Nakia H Baltimore, MD

    This is a awesome project that I may try one day. I like how well it fits into your dining room. Great Idea!!

  • Ldguess

    Very Nice! Love your dining room. Thank you for sharing.

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