Monday, May 18, 2015

DIY Knockoff Wood Shim Starburst Mirror

Hi friends!  It is time again for another Knockoff Tour and today I am sharing a project that I have been wanting to do for a very, very long time! 

It's My version of the DIY Knockoff Wood Shim Starbust Mirror! 

It turned out big (42" wide) , it turned out beautiful (just like the retail version at $300) and I just love it!  You'll have to step back and take another look to really appreciate how large it is!  
Let me show you...

Isn't it gorgeous! 

I worked on it almost the entire weekend!
(in between dress shopping for my 8th grader's dance, a bathing suit for myself, attending a b'day party, refinishing a dresser, date night with my hubby and lots of rain!)

But I was determined to finish in time to show you today and so glad that I pushed on! 

It was actually super easy but only because of the complete step by step instructions that I found over at Infarrantly Creative!  I would love to share my own tutorial but after reading Beckie's I realized that I wouldn't do it justice. 

Supply List: 
8 packages of wood shims
3 1/2 tubes of Liquid Nails adhesive
1 cut piece of 1/4" luan
1 decorative mirror
Minwax Woodfinish Spray in Golden Oak

electric palm sander
mini sander

Here are a few tips and experiences that I have to share for this project: 

* Infarrantly Creative (IC) sanded and stained all of her shims first.  I sanded the entire piece with the palm sander once I had all of the shims glued together.  Her way is pretty tedius but does give a much smoother result on the edges.    I love the rustic look of mine so was pleased with how it turned out. 
* (IC) stained her shims in four different colors before adhering the pieces together making her starburst have a beautiful contrast. My shims were pretty diverse to begin with so I left them as is and then sprayed my entire piece with the Minwax Woodfinish Spray. It was super easy and quick and I loved the result.  It also dried super fast.
*Make sure your back piece (the luan board) is just a few inches shy of the width of the starburst.  Mine only covered about 3/4 of the backside making it a bit more flimsy.  I ended up cutting an additional piece for extra support.
* I cannot stress enough that if the adhesive product states to allow 24-48 hours to dry then I would recommend to allow the entire drying period.  I got pretty anxious to prop my mirror up for photos but realized I needed to wait much longer to allow it all to properly dry! 

Whew!  The above details make it seem a lot more difficult than it really is. 
Just be sure to have lots of patience and stick with it and it will turn out beautiful. 

I am so glad I have finally been able to work on this project.
I couldn't be more pleased!

Now for some more projects inspired by familiar high end stores!

Let's see what some of my friends have been up to...

The Kim Six Fix

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