HOW TO MAKE A DIY ROPE MIRROR LOOK LIKE A $529 INSPO MIRROR FOR UNDER $20! | YOUTUBE VIDEO
Hi creative friends! I’m excited to share this EASY DIY with you! Here’s how to create a $529 DIY Rope Mirror Look-A-Like for under $20! This is a project I did for my sister and to be honest, I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the end result… but I LOVE it!
I’m also sharing…
- How To EASILY Remove Paint Off A Mirror
- How NOT Burn Your Fingers When Using A Glue Gun
- How Staging Props TOTALLY Change the Look of Your Furniture (or home!)
Here’s the thrift mirror I started with. It’s a Bombay Baseball Mirror. Solid and well built… just not my sister’s style. 😉 She found it at a Restore selling for $11. The spool of sisal rope was selling for $4 at a garage sale in Rochester NY! I’ve used it for styling furniture which you can see here.
After about 1.5 hours of work and a few hot fingertips hehe, here’s the NEW look!
I’m so happy my sister encouraged me to try this! What do you think?
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DIY ROPE MIRROR
My sister Andrea found this 36″ round Basset Mirror Company Palimar Wall Mirror with Sisal Rope selling at Bed Bath And Beyond for $529.00 and wanted US to try a DIY version. This really means… Denise, can you do this for me? 🙂
Here’s how it all came together…
PREP MIRROR FRAME
I started by removing the baseball stitching off this mirror so there would be no additional bulk underneath the sisal rope. It was easy to remove. I cut it with my utility knife and pulled it out like a shoelace.
PAINT MIRROR FRAME
The base color I picked for the frame was this Chocolate Chalk Mineral Paint. It adheres to fabric, plastic and metal so it was a perfect choice. It’s a good idea to paint a base color before gluing the sisal rope just in case there are any tiny gaps. This makes it look all organic and natural.
REMOVING PAINT FROM MIRRORS…EASILY!
In the past, I removed mirrors before painting. But as you can see I didn’t worry about getting some paint on the mirror while I was painting the frame. Why? Because I found this mirror scraper tool that takes the paint off mirrors effortlessly!! It’s a real-time saver and SO EASY to use. Holding the blade at a 15-20 degree angle, it scrapes the paint off without scratching the mirror.
GLUING ON THE ROPE
I started gluing on the sisal rope from the inside of the frame and working my way out. I used a hot glue gun to run a bead of glue and then pressed the rope onto the hot glue working in sections. The glue sticks in hot glue guns have about a 10-15 second open time before they start to dry. Working section by section is best.
And as always, safety first! Be sure to work safely with your tools. I ended up with a few ‘ouches’ pressing the rope into the hot glue until I figured out an amazing tool to press it down with — a craft stick! I didn’t take any pics but I’ll be publishing a Youtube video this Saturday and you can see how convenient and fast it worked!
To join the ends, I cut them straight and butted them right up against each other with a bead of glue. I just kept working my way around the frame gluing each piece of rope right up against the last until the entire mirror was covered.
THE FINISHED LOOK
And here’s the finished DIY Rope Mirror! I have to admit, I like it more than I thought I would… I kinda want to keep it…lol
The nice thing is if I ever want to use it for staging or styling my furniture, I’m sure Andrea won’t mind if it goes missing off her wall for an hour or two.
And speaking of staging and styling, I thought it would be fun to see which mirror you liked better with last week’s dresser. I know last week’s image the focus was on the dresser and this week the focus is on the DIY Rope Mirror — but I’m curious which styling you like better? Isn’t it amazing what a HUGE difference styling can do for your painted furniture… or home!? Are you team A or team B?
Here’s a step-by-step in action on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel here… and don’t forget to subscribe! I can’t believe I hit 12K Subs! Woot woot, thank YOU! 🙂
THE COST BREAKDOWN
Maureen H. left a comment last week here on the #siblog suggesting I include a cost breakdown of my projects. I always LOVE your ideas and input so if there is ever anything you’d like to see, feel free to let me know in the comments. 🙂
- Restore Mirror – $11
- Paint & Glue $5
- Sisal Rope $4
Here’s another look at this before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your projects.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS DIY ROPE MIRROR PROJECT. WOULD YOU GIVE THIS A TRY? FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!