Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall...


My kids enjoyed their playground for many years,  but they hadn't been using it much, they kind of outgrown it, I think.  
Last time they try to use the swing, it broke!   Hubby began to disassemble it, taking his time (This is what I've seen for almost a month).  He was planning on throwing the pieces away.  Of course, I was not going  to let that happened!


For my first project, the highlighted pieces of wood were going to be my material, they were cut away with a circular saw...



Leaving me with that ladder, I'm thinking on bring it inside the house, but is really big and very heavy...
I still have more thinking to do!   I guess that's another post.



The project of the day was to build a frame to upgrade one of those cheap behind the door mirrors.
The pieces of wood were routed, that's were the mirror will lay.  Second time using a router ( the first time was used in a similar way to build a bathtub cover), and let me tell you it is very easy to use.  I spent more time reading the instructions on how to install the bit than routing all the pieces for this project!



After the four pieces of wood were routed, they were cut to size mitering the corners.



Wood glue and some nails kept those corners strong.



Then, a coat of clear Polyurethane was applied.



The old mirror was kept in place stapling the same old cardboard backer, and then that nice old rusty hardware was installed.





The "new" mirror in its place.






I love its texture, the color, the old feel!



The before and after.

Now, the thing to say is... Mirror, mirror on the wall.... who is the cheapest of them all?! Because this project cost me zero, nothing, nada!  And that's the best of all!



Check the complete room reveal right HERE.
Check how the rest of the playset was repurposed right HERE.



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34 comments:

Maria Elena said...

Christina, you are amazing! The mirror looks so beautiful! You always have the best ideas and inspiration! The ladder is also a great project. Can NOT wait to see what you do with it!

Maria Elena said...

I forgot to say, thank you for visiting during the weekend. My days have been so busy, not much time for anything! By the way, your comments are now showing normal again, no more no-reply. Have a great week!

jessica@hillcountryhomebody.blogspot.com said...

Love how your mind works Christina! Turned out beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Love the naturally aged wood too!!

Beth said...

Love it...very smart!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

yes for aged wood and recycling! Love the new look!

NanaDiana said...

Cristina- I love it-it looks wonderful-old and perfect! xo Diana

fiona anderson said...

Timber is so great isn't it, when it has been left outside to weather. Love your new mirror Cristina !

Pamela said...

What a great project!

Donna Wilkes said...

Great job repurposing and this was a long stretch from playground equipment to a classy mirror! I am loving the ladder you have saved.

Distressed Donna Down Home

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Great transformation. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

Such a fabulous transformation! I would not have thought of that in a million years! Have a great week!

Take care,

Trish

Keeping it Cozy said...

Great job... it looks awesome!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Love your re-purposed mirror.

chateau chic said...

Cristina, Your mirror is terrific. What a great idea. Love the old wooden frame.
Mary Alice

Ellora said...

What an amazing project! I love that you used the wood from the kid's playground. Sure to be some good memories there. I like the ladder too! I've always wanted to find a ladder like that and maybe hang it over my patio table with lanterns or over the dining table. Looks great!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Beautiful! I love this project.

Larissa Richardson said...

Beautiful! I've been wanting to do something similar for my entry. Now I'm inspired. Thanks for sharing!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the mirror how perfect. The frame is stunning and such a great idea. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Lisa said...

What a great idea. I love it!!

bec said...

gorgeous!
Bec x

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

You did an amazing job! I love the weathered wood. It really is a fabulous transformation.

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

It's great when you can reuse items that you already have on hand to create something new and fabulous, and you did it with this mirror--beautiful, Christina!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

So clever! It turned out really great. My husband and I did something similar when we were looking for large mirrors for our bedroom. They started at $300 so instead we made one!

michele said...

love it cristina!

i'll take that ladder--also fabulous!

michele

Britney {Jesses Girl} said...

Yay for FREE projects! Turned out great :)

MyJourneyBack said...

I love this. How very thrifty and what a treasure to save all those memories.
Have a Beautiful weekend,
Sherry

Mimi's Vintage Charm said...

looks great! visiting from savvy southern style :)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Wow, what a great example of using what your have! Your mirror is gorgeous - love the weathered patina!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

You know my favorite part of this project? Apart from you rocking the power tools and your AMAZING photography (I have to get off the Auto button!) is the fact that you were able to keep a little part of your kid's childhood and repurpose into your home! That makes me smile!

:)

Linda

Hometipster.com said...

One of the ladies in the office at Hometipster.com just came across your blog and thought this was such a great idea.

We really love what you did with the mirror and what a brilliant way to recycle. Fabulous1

Claire- theSITSgirls.com said...

I love this! I'm not super comfortable with the router but this looks like a good project to practice with!

Come visit us at www.thesitsgirls.com!

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

So awesome! I love it, I made a frame for a mirror out of old wood from my in-laws, but it is not as awesome as yours!

I have a router now but only one routing bit, and I am still getting the nerve to use it....I got a kick out of it taking you longer to read than actually doing...that is just like me!

Also thanks for your sweet comment on my bench, I too am addicted to the Kreg jig!

FabTwigs said...

It looks great! Nice texture addition to your wall ;-)

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