We made a big score this weekend while on our weekly garage sale hunt – a dresser complete with a mirror, for only $20. I don’t know many folks that actually use the dresser mirrors anymore in a bedroom, but in days yore it must have been a hot commodity since we see them everywhere. We’ve actually had one before but kept it in storage until we sold the whole set – and even the buyers weren’t sure what to do with the mirror, but as it was part of the condition of the sale they reluctantly took it.
As I mentioned back on the post about the wood filled fireplace last month, we contemplated moving the fireplace up as part of the master bedroom makeover. We finally made the move this past weekend and Whitney’s been trying to find some way to decorate the space with items we’ve picked up over the year.
It’s easy to get carried away with the pallet accents, seems there are a million ways to use raw wood, like end tables, bed frames, and curtain boxes, all of which got the kabosh from the decorating committee of one. She did concede, however, that we needed to bring a little of that shabby beach look to the side of the room with the fireplace and the Ballard Designs chair knockoff.
So when we found ourselves to be the proud owners of a dresser mirror, we decided that we might as well see if we could transform it into something we could use in the master bedroom and kill two birds with one stone.
I started by taking off the rods on the back of the mirror and prying off the backing.
To my surprise, the thing was built much more simply then I thought it would have been. Nothing was glued together and the nails and screws came off rather easily.
I carefully removed the mirror and set it aside while I used a table saw to trim off the protruding moulding at the top of the mirror and remove the excess old frame.
I then turned the frame over and inserted the mirror back in, but this time the mirror side was facing toward the back of the frame. Then, using some of the extra pallet wood from the pallet headboard I framed up the mirror. The pallet wood overlapped the mirror, keeping it in place.
I cut the pallet wood and arranged it before putting down contractor’s glue and a few nails with the pneumatic nailer, being careful not to nail too close to the mirror. The last thing we’d want would be for our rustic mirror to have big cracks in it.
It’s quite heavy so I tripled up the picture wire on the back before hanging it over the fireplace. You can start seeing the master room come together. Whitney is still debating what to do with the top of the fireplace so what you see here will most likely change before we reveal the whole room.
Since we’re talking fireplace, we wanted to give a special shout out to Remodelaholic for featuring our wood filled fireplace today. We’re honored that Justin and Cassity thought it was cool enough to put it on their site, besides, we totally dig DIY couples. Thanks guys!
Update: We revealed the master bedroom and chatted it up about all the costs involved here. Check it out.
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