Thursday, September 13, 2012

Make it Work: Family Dollar starburst mirrors revamp

I don't know how many of you have ever been to a Dollar General or Family Dollar. I like to think of them as the middle ground between a dollar store and Big Lots. They have really cheap stuff, but some of it is actually quite useable.

Case in point: Starburst mirrors. I absolutely love starburst mirrors. I kept seeing tutorials on how to make my own but it seemed incredibly time consuming. My crafting attention span gets really short when it comes to home decor projects. I like something that's easy to get finished. Todd and I worked on an epic map art project. Have you seen it posted yet? No, of course not. The project sucked all the life out of me. All I have to do is glue it together and I have dragged my feet on it. See? I need easy peasy. I NEED IT!

Back to the mirrors... I picked up the swirly one a couple weeks ago but didn't find a straight one until Monday. The swirly was 10 and the straight was 6. I was finally able to get down to business!

I also picked up my color. I wanted these to look vintage, so I used Rustoleum Pure Gold. It looked less shiny than their other options. I also primed with Krylon gray primer. I don't think it was necessary as the Rustoleum would've adhered to the metal just fine. I was mostly worried the color would leave "flecks" that would come off on your hand and not give me a smooth finish.

I pried off all the big and medium sized rhinestones. I left the tiny rhinestones because they were a b*tch to pry off so I gave up they would give mirror a bit of dimensional interest. The center mirrors are just held in place with bendable metal. Just don't bend them a lot or they're break. Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything... If you prime, give them a bunch of light coats. The spray painting took a day and a half. I really wanted to make sure I did a good job on coverage for both sides. Between coats, I used a dry paper towel to "sand" the wires. I find that on projects like these where you won't be handling them much, just using a paper towel gets them decently smooth.

After they're nice and dry, take out your hot glue gun and glue little round mirrors to the empty rhinestone spaces. I say hot glue because it'll hold them better. Don't use glue like E-6000 because it'll eat through the mirror backing. I found the mirrors at Hobby Lobby in their general crafts section. I also found them at Michael's but their card machines were down. Must remember to carry cash.

After the mirrors are glued on and the big mirror and placed back inside, you can hang and admire!

I love them so much! The gold is more like a tarnished brass color. It really looks great if you're going for a vintage/retro vibe. These look great in our living room and pick up all the brass in the entertainment center and lamps. It's still taking time, but I do feel like the living room is slowly coming together.

I urge you to check out these types of stores. You never know what you'll find! I ended up spending 32 dollars for both mirrors. A starburst mirror of this size could run you 50-100 dollars. I love me a good deal! I can't wait to show you another project that's about to get started. It's all about spray paint and cheap stuff here at my casa.

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1 comment:

Jenn said...

I love what you did with them! My sister actually got the exact same mirror (swirly one) at Family Dollar about a year ago!

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