Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ballard Designs Inspired Mirror

When we moved into our current home we quickly realized we did not have enough linen storage upstairs, so off we ran to Ikea & purchased this shelving unit.  It fit the ticket & the bathroom where it was  going live, the only thing is I did not care for the "wood" look or the plastic door panel!  At the time I did not have anytime to make any changes as I was a new mommy to my twin angels, so it just sat there for a few years while I loved on my babies and worked up the courage to finally do something with this cabinet.  The problem, well I just did not know how I wanted to change it.  I knew I wanted to paint it, & I knew we had some low VOC paint that was left over from our cabinets so started with that.  Originally it was a blond birch veneer, I am so glad I painted it, I think it looked better but it needed more.  Now don't get me WRONG, I love Ikea, but from the start I knew I wanted to change it.
Then I had this hair-brained idea to try this, YUCK~what a major fail, so off came the aluminium and once again I was left with the plastic door panel~
One day as I was looking through one of my old Ballard Designs catalog I remembered seeing these and thought, might I be able to do this to the door panel? YES~Yes I can do it!
Garden District Mirrors
 This is what I came up with~ I wished I could have gotten a much better picture, I took tons but had few that looked good enough to post~
 This is what I used to accomplish this look:
*  Faux Mirror Scrap Paper
*  Faux Lead
*  Foam
*  Tacky Glue
*  Glass Knob
All bought at Hobby Lobby~
I first glued down the faux mirror, allowed it to dry overnight, then I made a template with the foam, measured out where I wanted to place the design & used a sharpie to trace it out, I used an old tack I had on hand for the small circles~
I am covering the design I traced out with the sharpie with the faux lead, boy this stuff was kind of hard to use as it would not give me an uninterrupted stream of lead so I needed to go over the design several times to get a consistent look~
Here it is all in all it's glory, drying!  I added a new door knob I also changed out the feet (sorry not pictured)~
Well what do you think?  I am pretty happy with it~
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  1. turned out fabulous
    today i gave you the Liebster award come see @

  2. That turned out great! Looks awesome!

    1. Thank you so much, so sorry for the delay. I really do appreciate comments.

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    1. I sure do appreciate you leaving comments & following me. I apologize for the delayed reply.

  4. It turns out really amazing. Great designs. Brilliant mind could just do that.

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    1. Kate, I thank you for the lovely comment and I apologize for the delay in my reply. h ave a nice day!

  5. That was awesome .I was thinking of doing this in one of my rooms as the paint job is terrible.I was like looking for some painters in windsor to do some estimate, but after seeing all the work involved I will pass.

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