1.19.2012

my attempt at DIY

Have you seen these wooden, sunburst mirrors?



I think they are quite pretty.  I like the texture and the different spin on the sunburst mirror.  Then I saw Cassie's DIY Sunburst mirror and for the first time thought, "This is something I might do!"

Cassie put her mirror outside by their pool. 
 (Oh, to live in Texas and have a pool!)  
But I really need something for the empty space over our piano.  

But of course I couldn't leave well enough alone.  The look of natural wood didn't really fit my vision for our living room, especially since the piano is so dark.  I decided to try painting the shims instead.
The shims are lightly sanded, primed, and just waiting
 for two coats of paint.  
Stay tuned!  

Is this something you would try?  Do you think it is a mistake to try painting them?  This could be a total DIY fail, 
but I'll let you know either way!

21 comments:

  1. Ooooh! I can't wait to see the finished product! How fun!!

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  2. Do you think it would be easier to paint after it is all together, but before you put the mirror on? Love the project.

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  3. Looks like a fun project. Looking forward to seeing it when it is all finished.

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  4. Fun project! Can't wait to see all finished up and hanging over your piano. I think it's going to look so great there!

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  5. I want to make a rustic sunburst mirror myself. My plan is to use wood from old pallets. Cut down of course. So I'm anxious to see how your's turns out.

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  6. Love the idea of painting the shims! It's going to look great!

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  7. I think it's going to be great. Can't wait to see it hanging!

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  8. I tried the same project this past summer! I do like your idea on painting them. I might have to try that too!
    http://www.eatsleepdecorate.blogspot.com/2011/08/diy-weekend-projects-homegoods-tray.html

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  9. I love your idea Abby! Can't wait to see how it turns out. Maybe you will inspire me to try something crafty...
    -Shelley

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  10. I would definitely try it and I think you're on the right track - what makes you think it won't work? I almost tried it for our living room and then I found "the" mirror at Homegoods for $24.99 and couldn't pass it up! Can't wait to see what you come up with. That is another great angle of your room - so pretty!

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  11. Abby I cannot wait, will you do a tutorial?

    xoxo
    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  12. I can't *WAIT*!! I think it's going to look amazing! So perfect for that spot...

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  13. I don't think I've seen a painted sunburst mirror before... Can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  14. I am going to love this in white!!! I'll wait for you to do it:)

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  15. I just wanted to say that I'm a huge fan of Hi Sugarplum, and I'm pretty sure I found her through you. So, thanks!

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  16. Can't wait to see how it turns out! I think it will look great painted white!

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  17. I am sure you will do just fine, and it will turn out amazing! I still love the starburst! I have a DIY planned for my bedroom soon!

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  18. What color are you going to paint it? There are many possibilities that would balance out your room. White would go with the couch and chandelier, The dark blue of the drapes would work well, then there's yellow...LOL I am sure whatever you choose will look great! Post pictures when you are done.

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