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Mirror Mirror Needs An Update What Can Be Done. This mirror had a pretty wicker frame around it. But as wicker does, pieces were broken and couldn’t be repaired. Along comes a wicker piece with a woven oval in the middle. Just the right size for the mirror. My friend, Gloria was cleaning out the garage and said I could have these along with a rocker. We’ll talk about that another day.
I cut off the tattered frame around the mirror. Using the Mouse sander I smoothed out the rough edges. As I cleaned off the wicker wall hanging I noticed pieces were missing. I weighed my options such as cutting away the pieces which would leave the outside frame and oval shape. I figured I could use liquid nails to glue the mirror on the oval piece. Or I could use pallet wood with the dimensions of the outer frame and make a base for the wall hanging and put the mirror on it.
Then I switched gears. I had some left over wood flooring. I ended up measuring the lengths so they would be the same size as the rectangle frame. I cut each piece, using my miter saw. Next step, use wood glue and snap the pieces together.
Once dry, it was time to paint. I thought of using spray paint but I didn’t have enough to cover the wood, wicker and the mirror. So you know what I decided, yup my DIY chalk paint. I had a little bit of left over paint from another project in the Sherwin-Williams Steamed Milk. So I started off by painting the wood backing.
I painted three rows on the wood back in that color. Then I took a little bit of Lazy Gray and mixed it in the Steamed Milk and painted two slats. I finished it off by putting in more of the Steamed Milk and painted the remaining three slats. When it was dry, I lightly sanded it and waxed it. It really isn’t going to show but the wood backing will give the wicker pieces stability. I realized I failed to take a picture of the backing after I painted all of the slats, I got carried away with my creation.
I mixed up more of the DIY chalk paint in the Steamed Milk but diluted it to brush on the wicker pieces. I painted both sides even though the mirror will cover the wicker wall hanging. After the paint was dry, I put liquid nails on the back of the wicker wall hanging along the edge. I placed it on the backing and weighted down and walked away.
Once the liquid nails set up I got out the compressor and brad nailer and nailed the backing to the wicker frame. To protect the paint on the back I gave it a coat of wax and used the brush that attaches to my drill to buff it off. Now the time came to put the mirror on it. I used E6000 glue. Touched up some spots, lightly waxed it with clear Briwax. Then I used the brush that attaches to the drill to remove the wax. It is a mirror with an update.
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