Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Look for Less Design Challenge

Welcome to the first ever Look for Less Design Challenge! Today, myself and six other amazing DIY'ers are sharing some great projects that we DIY'ed as part of our Look for Less Design Challenge.
Look for Less Design Challenge
The Challenge idea is to find something you'd love to buy but is out of your price range, and then DIY it for less!

If you've been around for long, you know that this is right up my alley.

My Look for Less project was DIY'ing this West Elm inspired herringbone floor mirror.

West Elm Inspired Herringbone Floor Mirror high res

With the help of Justin (of course),  we were able to DIY this over-sized floor mirror for only $36 as compared to West Elm's $549 version!! I'd like to say that it was a fun and simple DIY project, but it wasn't even close. This project took the pair of us thirteen hours to complete.  You can only imagine the love annoyance joy that Justin felt when I took him away from our home remodel for a "quick and easy" DIY project. Ha. Oops!

West Elm Inspired Mirror

But even though it was hard work, I'd much rather spend 13 hours and $36 on this herringbone floor mirror than fork over $549!

In case you're as crazy as I am, here's how we did it:


We started with the oversized floor mirror which we found at Lowes for $25. Justin then took 2x4's and cut them to size to surround the mirror, cutting at 45 degree angles with a miter saw.

Building the Herringbone Floor Mirror1
Building the Herringbone Floor Mirror

He then used his brand new table saw to cut grooves into the 2x4's at 1/8" x 1/2" to slide the edges of the mirror into.


Then after securing each of the four corners with wood glue and screws, he sanded down all the sides so I could start on the finish work. This was the time that we had to move the project inside because it was sooo incredibly cold out!

Painting the Herringbone Floor Mirror

Now it's my turn and where the hard part comes in.

First, I painted the face of the frame white with paint I had laying around the house.

Then, I measured and cut out millions of little pieces of blue painters tape and placed them on the face of the frame. Looking back, I probably should have just created a stencil to paint the herringbone design, but what fun is that?


I then painted the face of the frame navy blue, and because I wanted the navy to be a bit more muted similar to the West Elm example, I whitewashed the entire face of the frame, using this whitewashing tutorial I found on Pinterest.


After letting that dry, I then stained the outside and inside edges of the frame with natural wood stain so it was a nice, light color. The one coat of varnish - and we're done!

Herringbone Floor Mirror Finished

Whew. That was a lot. But what do you think? Was it worth the 13 grueling hours of hard work?

Make sure to check out the other challenge bloggers and their amazing projects too!

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  1. I love how this turned out! I think the 13 hours was worth it! :)

  2. TOTALLY worth the 13 hours! If you consider how much you saved...yeah buddy! It seriously looks better than the west elm version. I LOVE it! This is the best challenge ever...i'm so looking forward to our next!

    xo Kylie

  3. It was worth the work, especially when you compare your cost to the inspiration mirrors cost. You guys make a great team.

  4. That mirror! It looks great, y'all did an awesome job!

  5. You did an amazing job on this - so worth the savings!!

  6. Wow! Looks great! I can't believe you taped the whole thing!

  7. I LOVE how this mirror turned out! I would love to have a mirror like that in my master bedroom--pinning this now! I didn't know they made oversize floor mirrors--that's good to know! I'm hopping over from Work It Wednesday--have a great day!

  8. Well, a ton of work but a stunning mirror! Thanks for sharing with us.

  9. I would NEVER spend over $500 on this mirror, so the hours of work were worth it! Your version is amazing!

  10. I love that mirror! I think I need one.

  11. Thanks for the kind words everyone!! I'm so glad y'all think it was worth the hour 12 I was really beginning to wonder! Ha.

  12. I am in LOVE with your mirror. I can't believe you made it for only $39!! It looks like something you'd buy in a store :)

  13. I think you are amazing!! It looks awesome!!

  14. Wonderful work, looks awesome! A lot of hard work, but worth the effort. Thank you for visiting!

  15. Love this! It looks beautiful, great work! Sometimes I wonder what kinds of people actually buy furniture from west elm..600 bucks for a mirror seems outrageous. Yours looks almost identical! I wish I was better with making patterns with painters tape, I would totally try this out :)

  16. This is gorgeous! And definitely worth all of the hours of hard work. :) Have you seen Jackie's version from Teal & Lime? She copied the same mirror, only she used a chevron fabric with a twist. Love this look!

  17. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured today!

  18. great job, so worth the effort!!

  19. Love your mirror. The whitewash was a great finishing touch.

  20. Love this! Looks like my husband just found a new weekend project!

    Found you at Tuesdays at Ten June!

  21. Yes, your mirror is gorgeous!!! I wish my husband and I were as handy to whip this up!! :)

  22. I love this, and I like yours even better then the West Elm one.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  23. The mirror looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.


  24. Amazing!! You did a fabulous job, it turned out great. I love how you created the pattern using tape... love love love

  25. This is gorgeous! A new full length mirror is on our to do list {I left mine up at the place we were married a few months ago since they didn't have one} and yours came out absolutely gorgeous! Love the inspiration, pinned :)