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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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Earlier this week, I shared my powder room pick me up with ya’ll.  If you missed it, you can check it out here.  

After stenciling my walls, and hanging the industrial light fixture from Lowes, I stepped back and thought, dangit it still looks crappy. Mr. Cheepy McCheeps a Lot Mirror was not helping the situation any and had to go!
I ran back to Lowes and grabbed a plain beveled mirror.
I called my BFF and asked if she still had the massively long and awesome old wagon boards.  Thankfully, she’s awesome and said I could have it!
I needed to cut it in half or it might have been the thickest mirror known to man.  We’re really fancy so we placed it on our lawn mower.  I promise we’re not as backwoods as this picture makes us seem… let’s think of it as resourceful okay??
We used the mirror to help determine how long to cut the wood…
Then, my handsome hubs helped me cut the wood down to size.  I have to mention that it sometimes might appear that I never do any work, but really it’s just that the hubs rocks and he’d rather not fuss with the settings on our camera, so I often become the camera lady!
When we cut the wood in half, the inside where we cut was really blonde wood, and I needed to darken it up a bit, so I just rubbed some leftover grey stain on the side.  The top piece was stained, the bottom wasn’t… see the difference?
We brought it all inside and got ready to put it together… I don’t really recommend doing DIY project on granite countertops, but hey this is real life people.
(Oh, and having a hair brush handy is optional-hehe)
 We used liquid nails to adhere the wood to the mirror. It’s not called liquid nails for nothing, it holds like crazy!
 Jillian Michaels would be proud that I’m putting my weights to good use, okay, maybe she’d actually yell something mean at me and make me do push-ups (and not the girly kind), but weights work really well to hold thing secure while they dry.  I left these on overnight.
The next morning, we screwed it directly into the wall studs so it could handle the weight.
I used some black, decorative nail heads to cover the screws.
The new frame definitely goes better with the light fixture.  I LOVE the character the wood has!
  So there you have it.  This was a super simple project and… and I actually have nothing else to say about that because it’s Valentine’s Day and my valentine is ready for me to be done with this post.  How’s that for keepin’ it real?  There’s a decent chance I will regret this ending in the morning, but we’ll wait and see!
Happy Valentine’s Day Peeps! 


The comments +

  1. Oh, I love this!
    Everything made from old wood is a good thing… 😉

    Love, Midsommarflicka

  2. Such a great mirror, the wood is perfect!

  3. Bliss says:

    Stopping in to pin the mirror, because I happen to love it, but that might be because I have used our mower as everything from a saw horse to a drying rack. Forget I also hang kids art in my garage for God and everyone to enjoy.


  4. i love the mirror and the wall stenciling. where did you get that stenciling from?

  5. Jenny Lynn says:

    The mirror looks great! It is nice that your Hubby helps ya out.

  6. like like like! seriously, that bathroom is so fun. 🙂

  7. Laura Strack says:

    I just found your Blog…so excited to see the outcome of Creating with the Stars. This is going to be fun. There’s so many great submissions. Also, I want you to know that I think your bathroom mirror tuned out so stinkin cute! I love it. I have that same mustard yellow in my 1/2 bath and plain bevold mirror, as well, and I feel like something is missing. The red barn wood on your new mirror is perfect and the stenciling just pulled it altogether. Now I know what else I need!! Lol. Thanks for sharing!! New fan 🙂 Laura

  8. Nice blog and such a beautiful mirror….!!!!!!!

  9. […] AH-mazing!  Once the Birch Forest pattern was painted on the wall, Monica crated a mirror using a piece of wood from an old wagon side.  Do you love this rustic look?  Check out this wood-framed mirror tutorial here. […]

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