Ever since I started remodeling the guest room, I’ve known exactly what I wanted to put above the bed….a wooden pallet sign with a song verse on it. But as soon as the stone wall went up that idea went out the window…wood on stone is just too much rustic. Evidently, that’s possible. For one of the first times ever I was glad I suck at getting things done in a timely manner, because putting a bunch of words onto wood is actually pretty difficult. Anyway, I thought about it for a while and decided to go the opposite route with a glamorous gold-trimmed mirror. I needed something to tie in the gold on my super chic (ha!) tomato cage side tables anyway.
I wanted something round (there are so many squares in the room already) but really wanted to avoid a sunburst mirror, since everyone and their mom has one these days. My favorite was this one from Wayfair…
The price tag on it was $380 bucks though, and I’m not sure how I would go about making a knockoff. Eventually, my Wayfair wonderings led me to this sunburst mirror (for a cool $590) and I thought to myself “dang it….that would be so easy to make”.
And so I gave into the gold sunburst mirror idea. I actually really like them, even if they are way overdone.
Here is what you will need (or at least what I used, you can go so many different ways with this)…
DIY Gold Sunburst Mirror Supplies
– Round mirror – mine is a 12″ round mirror from Hobby Lobby for $10, but Amazon has some great choices as well.
– Wooden Dowels – (disregard the number of dowels in the above picture. I had the special honor of making multiple Home Depot trips, because evidently counting is hard.)
*Three 5/16 inch dowels (red ends) – cut into eight pieces
*Four 1/4 inch dowels (green ends) – cut into 24 pieces
*Six 3/16 inch dowels (purple ends) – cut into 36-inch pieces
How to Make a Sunburst Mirror
The first thing I did was pizza pie the back of the mirror so the dowels would be evenly spaced.
Then I cut all the dowels and hot glued them into place. I started with the thick ones, then added the medium and small ones. This is what the back looks like…
Then I taped off the mirror, primed and painted. If you’re smarter than me, the first step would be to take the back off the mirror, remove the glass, and spray paint the mirror frame. Then cut down the dowels and spray paint them as well. This would have been much easier than trying to tape off the round mirror to paint after everything is assembled.
I used Kilz for my primer (it’s awesome) and Rustoleum spray paint for the gold. All brands make gold spray paint, but I’ve found that Rustoleum has the best coverage and the prettiest color.
And so, for a grand total of $19.87 (I already had the spray paint) I made this…
I really want to back up and show you how it looks in the room, but I’m going to save those for the guest room reveal post. Only a few things left to do!
Southwestern Bedroom Sources + Links
- Walls – Sculptors Clay Behr PPU5-8
- Trim – Pure White SW7005