23 August, 2016

Filling the Void // DIY Oversized, Round Mirror



SORRY I WENT AWOL:


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.


THE BLANK SPOT:


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 OVERSIZED, ROUND MIRROR DIY:


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.