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.
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
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...