Faux Barn Wood Sunburst Mirror


So I'm jumping on the Sunburst Mirror Bandwagon......
I'll be honest the Sunburst Mirror is not really my thing....but I  really wanted to MAKE one.....and well I must say I do LOVE the results! 

Here's what I used: 
  • 1 bundle of cedar shims from Home Depot $4
  • 1 Thrift store mirror for $3
  • Steel wool
  • White vinegar
  • Hot glue
  • Antique stars from the craft store $4
 I even found a bag of glue sticks at the thrift store for 25 cents! 
I am AMAZED that steel wood soaked in vinegar gives a beautiful barn wood result! 
I loved this mirror! 
And when I seen it...I knew it would be PERFECT for my sunburst!
It already had a hole for attaching to the wall and a lip to hotglue the shims.


I wanted a barn wood look so I googled and stumbled onto a lumber forum with lots of advice on how to get the aged wood look.


I went with what I had around the house....
Vinegar and Steel Wool
Soak the steel wool in vinegar overnight.
First I laid everything out to get the right look....
I went with fast and easy. 
Simply laid them end to end on the lip of the mirror and then placed a second row in between the shims of the first layer.


The span measures 40 inches across.....so if you want a smaller span you could cut them in half or if you want a FULLER sunburst you could do more layers.....
Check out some other Sunburst ideas using cedar shims at JandJHome
For a barn wood look simply rub your vinegar soaked steel wool over the cedar shims.
Let it dry for about an hour.
AMAZING!!!
And this is the result when it's all dry!
 Make sure you have your stained shims facing out:-)
Then I hot glued my first row of shims on the lip of the mirror's backside. Then the second row on the back of the first.
 It's HUGE! 
I carefully turned it over and rubbed the steel wool in any spots I might have missed...
For an added rustic look...I hot glued a few of these stars.


Yep...... 
gotta love a fast and easy home decor project for around $10!! 
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36 comments:

jandjhome said...

This turned out amazing. I love the weathered look. Thanks so much for linking back to my mirror!

Shelley said...

Oh my gosh that looks awesome!!! Actually, as we speak (or as I write) I'm working on a starburst mirror using the same cedar shims. Don't they smell great?! I'll be thrilled if mines comes together and looks even half as great as yours :D

Shelley

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Oh. My. You are amazing!! :) Have you applied to come to TN yet?? You might have to make me one of these if you get to come! :)

Sarah :) said...

I just wanted to say WOW! I just came across your blog through Frugal Girls when they posted your redo on your table and I've been addicted ever since! I'm not a crafty person although I try and wish I was everyday and there are a few things on here that I'm going to try because you were so nice to take the time to type out the steps so anyone can do it!! I'll keep checking in daily to see what you have next! Thank you again for sharing your creativity with everyone!!

Craftberry Bush said...

Michelle, I love the results! Thanks so much... Xo
Lucy

Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum said...

This is really a beautiful mirror. My husband hates shims, but I think this project could get him to like them! Thanks for sharing. I am visiting from 504 Main!

grant + brittany said...

thanks so much for stopping by, can't wait to show my husband this post. so creative! what a way to take something trendy and make it unique and your own!

At The Picket Fence said...

It's gorgeous Michell! You really did put your own twist on it and it looks great. Thanks so much for sharing this week with us at Inspiration Friday...you know we always love having you! :-)
Vanessa

Stacey said...

That looks so nice...unique and rustic..weathered..perfect! I may just have to try that!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Bonnie said...

what a great idea! I love the look of barn/weathered wood but never seem to be so lucky as to come across a pile of it. I will definitely have to try the steel wool and vinegar trick. thanks!

Eleni said...

This is so crafty:) I love your idea!! Thank you for sharing the tut:)
Visiting from While he was napping:) and following cause you have so many great ideas!! I love your blog!!! Happy Friday!
xo
Eleni @ sewhappiness.blogspot.com

Alexis @ persia lou said...

I can't wait to try the steel wool + vinegar trick. So awesome!

At The Picket Fence said...

Ummm..fabulous! I love the trick you discovered on getting the aged barn wood look. That is just too cool. You rocked it again girl!

Heather

Jen@GarageSaleDiaries said...

I love the added touch of the stars!

Ty and Whitty said...

That looks amazing! Great job. I seriously love it. I am visiting from the Fun to craft linky party. Come and say hi I love visitors and I am doing a really fun giveaway next week so come back and check it out.

A Mommy's Life....with a touch of Yellow
tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

Studio Valerie said...

This is such a great idea! I would have never imagined that steel wool and vinegar could do something like this. You really did a wonderful job!

Life, Crafts and Whatever said...

Ohhhh, I love the weathered look! And thanks for telling us how to do it. My hubby isn't a fan of mirrors, but I'm slightly obsessed. Adding yours to my to do list now!

Mary said...

I love your star-burst mirror and I like how you aged it to look like barn wood! Thank you for sharing it on Masterpiece Monday, Mary :O)

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

That looks great! I'm thinking about making one of these this week. But how long did it take for the vinegar smell to go away?! I'm not sure if I could take that. I might have to use just regular 'ole stain.

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

This looks great! It's amazing all the ways that people have come up with to make these mirrors. I just made one too and it's so neat to see everyone's unique take on them!

Living with said...

Loving the vinegar tip! Who'd have ever guessed that? Not me! Great job :)

Jessica said...

Hi Michell, What a fabulous blog you have, just found you from the Every Creative Blog Link party.

Your sunburst mirror is amazing, I also made one from cedar shims! I haven't yet seen anyone else who has done that.

Here is my mirror: http://www.decoradventures.com/2011/05/how-to-make-sunburst-mirror.html

Glad to have found your blog :-)

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I so love this sunburst mirror!! Especially the rustic look of it. Great job! I'm taking notes...

allycupe said...

really like the look of this sunburst mirror!

Really Rainey said...

That really is a great project... especially for a big wall that needs some drama! Nice!

Rainey
http:theprojecttable.blogspot.com

Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...

I absolutely LOVE how this project turned out...you're amazing!

I would LOVE if you would link up your project to our {{What I Made Wednesday}} Linky Party! We're also hosting a giveaway, so don't forget to sign up! :)

Briana @ Sweet Peas & Bumblebees

emily @ the happy home said...

that's really cool! in LA, we have a major shortage of old and quality wood. can't wait to give this a try!

Simplegirl said...

That is a great project! I'm hopping by from Handmade Thursdays!

Jen said...

Totally cool!! I love it!
Cheers!
Jen

Lindsay said...

LOVE this! You are amazing, my dear!

Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand said...

This is totally awesome...I love it. I'm going to feature it in my next Sunday Stalker edition (5/29). Please stop by, check it out, and grab a button :)

Jessica
http://myworldmadebyhand.blogspot.com

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Glad you came and linked this up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party! :-)

gail said...

very cool! great tip about the vinegar.
gail

Judy said...

Very impressive. It really came out great. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

Judy said...

I love this. I am featuring it tonight at my Swing into Spring party. The link opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and grab an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

Cindy @ Creating at Home said...

Your sunburst mirror looks great! Thanks so much for sharing how you gave the wood that aged look. I've always wondered how that look could be accomplished.

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