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DIY Sunburst Mirror

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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.
I stained the front and sides of each stick.
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.
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.
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.
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

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Sep 24, 2015

    This looks beautiful on your dining room wall! I'll never look at a paint stick the same way again :)

  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Sep 24, 2015

    I'd never have guessed you started with paint sticks. Looks awesome!

  • LaJean Dowty
    LaJean Dowty Grand Island, NE
    on Sep 24, 2015

    love the look and lucky you to have a place that will give you all those paint sticks, I asked for an extra one for my gallon of paint and was told "sorry, one stick per can of paint"

    • Laura Swartz
      Laura Swartz Port Royal, PA
      on Sep 24, 2015

      @LaJean Dowty go on Amazon....you can get a whole box of paint sticks (100) for like $15.

  • Kimberly G
    Kimberly G Windermere, FL
    on Sep 24, 2015

    Great idea

  • Laura Swartz
    Laura Swartz Port Royal, PA
    on Sep 24, 2015

    This is awesome and you could paint the sticks any color to match any decor!!! Love when ideas that are so simple turn into something so pretty!!!!! <3

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