Cardboard inspired me a little today. I thought it might make for a nice frame on a cheap $5 mirror from Target.
So, I gave it a shot and here is how it was done.
I wanted some of that cobalt blue I’ve got going on in the kitchen to come on over into our living room.
So, I mixed up some acrylic paint, got to cuttin’ some cardboard pieces (different lengths and widths) and got my glue gun.
Remember this painted initial mirror I did a while back? If you would like the how-to on that one you can find it here.
I liked that mirror, but the good thing about changing it up and not feeling bad is that it was $5. Why not just go get another one to do this project, you may ask? And to that I would tell you that I go to GREAT lengths not to have to leave my house with two children under the age of two.
Lots of sweat goes into that kind of effort and we all know the condition of my cardiovascular health these days. Check the “poor” box for me, would ya?
Anyways, so I read online that dried paint comes off of stuff if you heat up some vinegar and wipe it off. And it worked like a little charm, yes it did.
Then I got my paint and cut up pieces of cardboard and painted those puppies.
Then I sort of let them dry ALMOST all the way and started glueing them onto the mirror to form my new frame.
I got the first layer done and didn’t like it all that much. Thought it needed one more layer. So I got to painting some more…
And glued the second layer on underneath. There was no reason or rhyme to this. Just a lot of cutting, painting and glueing. I did well in kindergarten.
And this is how it turned out. I like it. The great thing about this is I literally spent $5 on the cheap door mirror at Target and no monaaaay on the cardboard and paint and glue since I already had that so it was almost free.
Which means I won’t feel too bad if I hate it in 3 months and want to chuck the whole thing.
But I don’t think I will. It brings some of the cobalt blue accent color into this room and makes it a little more cohesive.
So, there you have it. One of the most cost effective DIY floor mirrors out there.
One question for you, though. You think I should leave it with the matte finish or add a glaze on top of it to finish it off? Can’t decide on that one.
Help me if you please! Much love friends! Happy Thursday!