When I picture the windows open in a room, I imagine warm sunshine streaming through as the wind gently blows the curtains. Fresh air hits me and I am compelled to take a deep breath. The refreshing energy fills my soul. Of course there are only certain seasons when it's practical to open the windows, but my goal is to fill my heart, home, and family with a beautiful serenity that always makes me think the windows are open!

Friday, May 14

Little Boy's Room Peg Mirror

I'm back! I've been on sabbatical getting settle in with the new baby and still putting last touches on some previous projects. And since nothing in life REALLY goes smoothly, we've actually been without our satellite internet connection for nearly a month.


Off topic aside:  I’m actually torn between the loss of internet being a bad thing or a good thing.  On one hand, there have been many times when I wanted to find a recipe, research a product, find a coupon, etc.  But on the other hand, it’s been very freeing to not constantly want to sit down at the computer and check email, Facebook statuses, or search for Swagbucks.  I think I have addiction problems.  LOL!  The last few weeks I’ve had so much more time to get stuff done… like finishing the mirror in my little boy room.

finished2

Using the same style and painting technique I used here (notice the bare-edged mirror in the last pic), I spent the last few days framing out an old mirror that was left-over when we built the house. 
To get started, I measured, cut, and painted the boards to frame the outside of the mirror.  Then I attached them directly to the mirror with Liquid Nails.
glue

This stuff is great!  I found mine in the paint department of Home Depot.  It doesn’t set for about 10 minutes, so I had plenty of time to make sure the pieces were level and fit together as a square before they were permanently placed.
constructing
constructing2

Originally the builders had precut the mirror to fit in our master bath and cut out a hole for the outlet too.  But we ended up buying smaller mirrors for each sink and framing them ourselves.  You can see the hole on the right side of the pics above and in the close-up below.  When I decided to repurpose the old mirror in the little boy room, I had to get creative about covering up the hole.
cutout hole2

That’s where the cork tile I salvaged from our old home came in. 
constructing-hole
And to fill the space below it, I added a chalkboard.
I used hardboard to paint my chalkboard onto.  Here is a pic of the hardboard.  (Ignore my messy workshop.)
hardboard

I cut the hardboard down to the size I needed.  Using a few coats of chalkboard paint that I got from Hobby Lobby, I turned it into a small chalkboard.  (That’s the inner frame for the mirror on the right side of the sawhorse.)
chalkboard

Once these pieces were finished, I attached them to the mirror with the Liquid Nails.
constructing right side

I used a small scrap of door casing molding (also left-over from building the house) below the chalkboard to hold the chalk and eraser.
chalk tray

Here it is, finished and ready for my little boy.  Notice in the reflection of the mirror the matching peg strip I showed you in a previous blog.
constructing final2

He absolutely loves it!!  I wish I had captured his expression when he came home from preschool and saw it.  Being a Mom is such a fantabulous job to have!

Rebecca

I am sharing this at these fabulous parties!  I love me a good par-tay!!
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4 comments:

  1. That mirror is fabulous! My little boy needs something like this...thanks for the tutorial. Creative idea and so expensive looking too...

    One month w/o internet...I would freak out...but then like you probably get a whole lot of things accomplished!

    Holly
    www.504main.com

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  2. What a fantastic project! A truly neat metamorphosis.

    It took 23 years to complete my most recent project. Come take a peek.

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  3. How cute! I need to make a little chalkboard tray for my kids chalkboard and this is a perfect solution. Great job!

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  4. what a very creative idea! I have a very large mirror, that needs something done to it!
    thanks for some inspiration!
    gail

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