Mirrored Wall

I have been out for a while due to moving  and a lot of family stuff.  But! My move has given me opportunity to do a lot of crafts which I will add as the time allows. Today, I want to talk about my mirrored wall.  I don’t have step by step pictures due to placing these mirrors required me sitting on a ledge over a staircase.  I decided to focus on getting the project done than risk tumbling down the stairs and laying there until someone found me. I digress, I needed pizazz along my blue wall. I wanted my living room/dining room to be gray with navy blue accents. Even though home designers say accent walls are “out”. I could care less and painted the wall above my stair well navy blue. I needed something to brighten the wall but not cover the blue. Years ago I went to Ikea and bought some 12×12 mirrors. I bought 3 packs of 4 for a different use, but back at that time I went in a different direction. The packs were only about $5 each so this whole project will cost you $15.

Here is what you need
– a wall
– for my design 3 packs of 12×12 mirrors
– a tape measure
– a level (use with caution)
– a writing implement

1. First, I decided on a pattern.  I laid the mirrors out on the floor and arranged them until I found my desired pattern.  Initially I liked the mirrors turned to a diamond shape and four across three down.

Note: mine changed part way through and I’ll explain why later
2. I measured the patterns length and width to determine the center.
3. I measured my wall and determined the center.
4. I marked the center of my wall with chalk, I knew I wouldn’t see pen on my dark wall.  Whatever you use, make sure it’ll come off the wall.
5. From there I used my tape measure and level to mark each of corners of the mirrors.
6. Then I placed the center mirrors on the wall. The way Ikea has their mirrors stick to the wall is with these four double sided sticky foam pads.
7. I placed the mirror on the wall before removing the paper from the pads to make sure everything lined up.  I worked from the center out.
8. When I got to the top mirror farthest to the right I lined the mirror up and it fit, but when I put the pads on, it lifted the mirror away from the wall just enough to hit a low spot of the textured ceiling. So, when I went to place the mirror and adhere it to the wall the corner chipped, creating a crack. Here’s where you need to be careful… This mirror is refusing to come off my wall at the moment.  These suckers stick once you place them so make sure you want them there. I will replaced it when I get back to Ikea and have the energy to pry it off my wall.

9. When I tried to put the last mirror on I the top row I made a horrible discovery that the wall in my 100 year old apartment is not square. Crazy huh? So I changed my design and made a step pattern instead and I just threw it on the bottom row. In retrospect I’m lucky it looks purposeful because, at the time I was pretty pissed about my broken mirror that refused to lift and my trapezoid of a wall.
10. After all the mirrors were hung, I cleaned them about 4 times each. I really have become fond of Invisible Glass. It cleans very well and leaves the glass streak free. These mirrors were pretty dirty and it did a nice job.
11. And you’re done! In my picture you can see vases and candles, I put the five vases in front of each mirror and a flameless candle in between each vase. Once Hobby Lobby puts all their floral on sale I’ll be filling the vases!

Just as an FYI: the blue vases are from Ikea ($5 each) and the candles were bought from HomeWoot.

I’m really happy with how this turned out, despite the broken one.  It did exactly what I needed it to do.  My apartment has very small windows and the mirrors reflect the little light they let in, and it looks great with the glow of the candles at night.  It also flows into the living room.  It points you in the right direction!

Thanks for stopping by again, I’m glad to be back!

 

L&L,

Missy