Hello!! Happy Thanksgiving week! I don’t know what it’s like where you are but over here…it’s freezing and raining and bleh. I don’t enjoy this type of weather. At. All. Ideally, I like it to be no less than 60 degrees at any given time and no more than 95 at most. My happy place is right at 70-75 but…alas…I live in South Texas and days like those come very rarely. However, so do days like these where it’s in the 30’s and raining so…I guess I can’t complain…much. And…thankfully…I don’t have to go anywhere because school is out for the week so yay for that!
Now, I realize I haven’t written a post in almost 20 days which is very unusual for me so I thought I’d explain why that is. My computer is on the fritz. It gets very hot, starts making a loud buzzing noise and just seems like it’s going to explode or something else bad if I continue using it so…I’ve avoided doing so as much as possible. I’m trying to make the thing last a little longer until we decide what to get next and in the meantime, the boy child uses it almost every day for homework so I want to make sure it’s available to him. Therefore, I let it sit all day so when he gets home, it’ll be as fresh as it’s able to be for him.
I could post on my phone but…I actually hate doing that. I know, I know…”hate” is a strong word but truly…it’s the word that adequately describes my feelings about trying to type a post on my phone. I’ve done it once. Hated it. So, now we’re looking into getting an all-in-one with a big giant screen or getting a much nicer laptop or getting one of each…we can’t decide. We have to decide soon though because I don’t think old Bessie’s gonna hold out much longer (never gave her a name before today…maybe that’s why she’s crapping out on me…hmm).
Anyway, on to the real reason for this post…my DIY sunburst mirror and new TV console décor configuration!! I have been wanting to change up the décor around my TV console for a while now but due to budget constraints and things breaking down around here like Bessie, my garage door, and my water heater…I had to bring down my décor money quite a bit. Boo. So, I had to get creative. And where do I go to get my creative juices flowing?? Why, Pinterest, of course!
Here’s how my TV console area looked before:
Since I had a very small budget, I decided to use what I had and only spend $20 on something new. Yeah…$20. I told you I had a very small budget!
After getting inspiration from Pinterest, I decided to try my hand at a DIY sunburst mirror because it seemed like the best project for the space and capable of being done on a tiny budget.
I purchased a ceiling medallion at Lowe’s for around $8, two packages of bamboo skewers in two different sizes (10 inch and 12 inch) at my local grocery store for $2, a 5 inch round mirror at a craft store for $2, and a can of gold Krylon spray paint at Walmart for $7. And there’s my budget…spent.
Note: Pictured are 4 packages of bamboo skewers (I returned two) and a 10 inch mirror I exchanged for a 5 inch mirror.
Here’s what I did with those items…
I attached the mirror to the medallion with painter’s tape and marked a cross to determine where I would place for first few skewers. Then I started making a pattern of short and long skewers just by eyeballing it. Once I determined where they should go, I set them in place with small pieces of painter’s tape about 4 skewers at a time and then I lifted the tape in order to hot glue them in place.
After I got the basic pattern of skewers hot glued, I added more to fill it in. Then, I covered the mirror with plastic and spray painted the backside, waited about 25 minutes and spray painted the front.
TIP: Stack three cans of paint to use as a stand for the mirror while you spray paint…it makes a perfect stand for great coverage!
Please forgive my dirty garage floor…yikes.
Now, before I show you the after…I must admit…I actually failed the first attempt at this. Yeah. It was bad. I had to take all the skewers off and start over again and it’s because I didn’t form the pattern right before hot gluing it. I got ahead of myself and ended up with a wonky horrible-looking hot mess. And I had to start all over.
Okay, confession time over…now on to the finished product!
And by moving around some art pieces I already had, grabbing a couple of candle holders from another room, and making a little (horribly rough) sketch, I had a new TV console décor idea!!
I actually love it! My mirror turned out great…not perfect…but great nonetheless and I only spent $20 and little creative energy and ended up with a lovely transformation of a formerly boring space. Win!!
Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of love, laughter, and amazing food!
Until next time…