September 25, 2013

DIY Anthropologie Inspired Wood Slice Mirror

UPDATE: Thanks to Apartment Therapy for featuring my mirror! Hello new visitors :)

If you follow me on Instagram or like my blog's page on Facebook, you probably saw the teaser photo I posted of my late grandmother's woven Mexican belt.

Today I'm sharing the project it was used for – a DIY Anthropologie inspired wood slice mirror:

I was inspired by Anthropologie's mango slice mirror. It ranges in price from $38 to $58 depending on the size you buy. Mine cost $5.79 to make and is 2" shy of being the same size as their $58 large version!

Left image via Anthropologie

If you can't tell, I made my mirror out of the nut bowl I got for $5 while thrifting last week:

I also used this 6" round mirror I got at Joann's:

It was $1.49 but I had a 50% off coupon so that brought the price down to 74¢ (79¢ with tax).

Finally, I used one of my late grandmother's Mexican woven belts to hang the mirror:

I had all of my supplies on hand to make this project for $5.79 but you might not. If you had to buy your supplies, your cost could range from $10 to maybe even $20 depending on where you shop (thrift store vs big box store) and what you need.

I started my project by removing the little nub in the center of my nut bowl:

I chiseled around the edge of it using a flat head screwdriver and a hammer. After that, my boyfriend flipped the bowl over and stuck the screwdriver into the hole in the bottom of the bowl and tapped on it with the hammer until the nub came out of its hole and broke in half.

I sanded the center down before estimating my mirror's placement.

I bought a 6" mirror even though the diameter of my nut bowl varied from 6 1/2" to 6 3/8" in some places.

I didn't want to have a custom mirror cut so I thought of a few options that would fill the gap before I finally decided to "paint" it with a black Sharpie:

I used a Sharpie instead of actual paint because I thought I'd have more control over the line around the edge and I wouldn't have to wait for it to dry like I would have to with paint.

I don't have any steps of the mirror gluing process but it's pretty straight forward! I ran several lines of Liquid Nails (get the one specific for mirrors so it won't desilver the back of your mirror) around the center and up to the edge of the black band and then I placed the mirror on top. I shifted it around until it was evenly spaced and then I weighted it down with a 5 lb dumbbell that I set in a glass canister.

Fast forward 24 hours later during Monday night football and voila! Stuck mirror:

To attach my grandmother's belt, I eyeballed the location of where the screw should go on one side and drilled a pilot hole about halfway into the side. I didn't want to go too far for fear I'd come out the other end!

I lined the belt up with the center of the side and held it tight while my boyfriend screwed it into place:

You may notice the frayed end of the belt above. Even though I loved them, I decided to cut the pom poms off of the ends because they didn't look right. I thought about gluing the frayed threads but I kind of like the frazzled look!

Before we drilled another pilot hole/screw into the other side, I made a few loops in the belt because it was too long but I didn't have the heart to cut it any more after cutting the pom poms off. Plus I like the looped look!

After both sides of the belt were screwed into place, my boyfriend cut the nail off of two nailheads so I could super glue the head part onto the screw head for a more finished look:

I hung the mirror on the knob of a captain's mirror I got from Target a while back:

Can you believe this is the same $5 nut bowl?!

I love how chunky it is:

I had some doubts but the black Sharpie band turned out better than I expected:

I love how the nailhead screw cap looks too!

This is hands down one of my favorite DIY projects to date!

In case you're curious, here's a closer look at the loops I made:

I secured them with a small safety pin so they'd stay looped together when hung:

Ready for a before and after?

What do you think of the transformation? If you didn't know, would you have guessed that the mirror was once a nut bowl?

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  1. Freakin genius, I tell ya. Consider yourself pinned LOL. I love it!

  2. ooo so neat- and really nice that you got to use that belt on it too! great job :)

  3. you are so cool.... so freaking cool. i love this!

    1. Awww, thanks Cassie! I wish I were as cool as I seem on my blog haha

  4. This is freakin' amazing. I love it. Yours looks way better than the anthro one because of that belt. And for $5...insane!

    1. Thank you Kelly! I like it more than Anthro's too but shhh, don't tell ;)

  5. I love this! The color the belt adds is fantastic, too!

  6. Guess what my in-laws just gave me? A slice of wood. OH YES THEY DID AND OH YES I AM!!!

  7. This is the best ever! LOVE the belt. Yours is way better than Antho's. I'm in love.

  8. Love it! I would have never thought of doing that, but now I'm totally inspired. Also, I just recently found your blog and it is officially a part of my daily routine. I love your style.

  9. i would ahve never ever thought to do this. i like this one better than the expensive version too!

  10. Holy moly! This. Is. Amazing!

    Like, wow!

    I actually took a picture of that mirror at Anthro last month because I was trying to figure out a way to hang my tree slice chalkboard. I think your version is totally better than Anthro!

    Amazing! Seriously. Consider yourself pinned.

    1. Awww, thank you so much for the sweet comment Kim! Means a lot :)

  11. fabulous! And yours has more color than the anthropologie version AND sentimental value.

  12. Oh I likey! Now I see what that wood slice was for :) Great use of it Caitlin! xo Kristin

  13. That rocks.
    Kelly @ View along the way

  14. Caitlin trumps Anthro. This is seriously awesome. And it's even more awesome because it contains memories!

  15. Wow! That is a real knock off!

    Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story

  16. Impressive! I wouldn't have thought you'd turn it into a mirror! The Mexican belt is just perfect. [insert emoji of clapping hands here]. I've been wanting to makeover my Ikea grundtal mirror into a captain's mirror...I'm inspired!

  17. Wow- I love this! You did such a nice job, the mirror is really well thought out. I would love to link to your how-to if you didn't mind.

    1. I don't mind at all! Thanks for your sweet comment too :)


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