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Upcycled Mirror Frame

I have had this mirror for 20 years!  I bought it at an unfinished furniture store and stained it light oak.  I was going to repaint my entry and wanted a mirror that had a bigger statement. I discovered this dark gel stain that I have been painting everything with and wanted to restain this light oak to a darker oak, but wanted a thicker frame, and that would cost me hundreds of dollars.  Hmm??  What to do?   I researched the internet and found this website for ceiling tiles, and faux ceiling tiles.   My mind got to thinking why not cut them up and stain them the same color as my frame and glue them to the wall and that’s what I did!!   For a very minimal cost I have a new upcycled mirror frame, check it out!

Excuse the kids in the picture, this is the only BEFORE pic I have of my entry mirror.

mirror before

AFTER STAINING AND GLUEING THE STYROFOAM TILES!!

Oak mirror after

This is the stain I used and the Styrofoam ceiling tiles came in 20 x 20 pieces, I stained on one side, then cut them and glued to the wall.

I lightly sanded down the wood, put a clear polyurethane over the old stain and then one coat of lighter brown and one coat of darker brown with streaks with my paint brush to look like wood grain.   SUPER EASY!!  I love the final result and have been gel staining everything 🙂

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What do you think of the final result?

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Repurpose Silk Flowers In a Vase

My girlfriend asked for my help in making centerpieces for her daughters upcoming rehearsal dinner.  She already spray painted clear glass vases she had around her house in a looking glass paint.  This paint gives the vase a silver mirrored effect.  The brides colors are silver and purple, so this was perfect for color scheme.  We walked around her home grabbing silk flowers off walls and pulling from behind closets gathering all the silk flowers we could in the same color scheme of purple. Good thing that happens to be colors in her home as well,    We were able to make 8 centerpieces from all the silk flowers she had around the house, and use all the glass vases from her home.  Great repurpose job and the final result is so pretty, she just might have to use them for the wedding as well! 

 

If you start by taping a criss cross pattern across the top of the vase, this will help your flowers stay in place and end result look much more professional.

 

photo (23)silk flowers

Using wire cutters, separate all the stems and cut them individually.

 

silk flower arranging

 

flower arranging

Final results !

 

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variety of silk flower arrangements