23 August, 2016

Filling the Void // DIY Oversized, Round Mirror


Well….it’s great to be back blogging!! 

My last post was back in October 2014, which coincided with the start of our kitchen renovation.  I’ve been dying to share my new kitchen – I can’t wait to share the process we went through, all the things I learnt, the agonising decision on whether to choose my dream marble bench tops or go with sensible Caesarstone BUT I couldn’t bring myself to blog about it until it was all finished, up to scratch, finito – perfect (just a little bit ocd hey !!).

It feels like so much has happened since I last blogged, the renovation process was long, but only because we dragged it out.  We lived with a partially finished kitchen for over a year as we found ourselves at that stage where we just couldn’t deal with the dust anymore.  We got really comfortable living with a partially finished reno….AND then we found out I was pregnant (!)  

That exciting news was the kick up the bum that we needed to get it finished.  It gave us a deadline to work to and in so many ways, was exactly what we needed.  Now, our new baby boy Elliott is here and I can relax in a finished home.  I often look around and am so proud of what we accomplished.


I’ll share my kitchen reno with you soon but I wanted to share an area of my house that was causing some unease.  You know that spot in your house that isn’t really a spot.  Not quite a nook, not really space but a blank area that just needed....something.  

It’s the internal wall where our bifold doors stack when they are open, so I needed a moveable solution, nothing too heavy or permanent.

I popped into Gogo Furniture one day and spotted the Replica George Nelson bench and knew it was exactly what I had been looking for.  The colour, style, the size all fit and for a bargain price of $259 for the medium bench.

When we put it together, it looked great but obviously the area wasn’t finished.  I jumped onto pinterest to see how other people had styled their George Nelson bench. Of course, I was drawn to the bench/oversized round mirror combo by megtimjakebay (below) from instagram.  Pinterest link here 


The picture instantly reminded me of a heap of images of oversized, round mirrors that I had recently pinned on pinterest which I wanted to incorporate into our renovation as some stage. Check out my Pinterest board  D E C O R A T E here   

1. The Design Chaser Blog - the home of Hanna Wessman
2. Decorfacil.com
3. Minosa Design
4. Image via Laurel & Wolf Blog

I literally went down to my local mirror/glass shop, Fremantle Glass that same day to get a quote for a round, 1 metre in diameter mirror.  Before I knew it (less than 3 hours!), they delivered it - all for the bargain price of $200.  

I asked their advice about the black tubing surround for the mirror edges and we decided that I should try car windscreen repairer.  
When I went back in to pay, the owner showed me some tubing that was exactly what I needed.  

It was 4mm window glazing rubber to fit my 4mm mirror.  So in less than four hours, I had the completed mirror ready to be hung.

Hanging it was a bit of a challenge which luckily wasn't my department.  Paul considered a couple of methods including:

  •      Glueing it directly on to the wall but we didn’t like the permanency of this   
  •      Spring loaded mirror clips – nope
  •      French Cleat method - nah
French Cleat Method

We ended up using liquid nails to stick a wooden piece to the back of the mirror.  One piece at the top and a piece at the bottom for stability.  Paul then screwed a wire into the wood to form a loop which we hung on a screw in the wall.  Simple !!

I think the finished look is exactly what I was looking for and it all came together really quickly - just as I like it.

If you have any questions on making your own oversized, round mirror - drop me a line.