Hey guys! So glad you could join us today… we have so many exciting things happening around here.
Welcome to – There for the Making – February’s Challenge!
I’m pretty thrilled to be introducing a new series to the blog, “There for the Making – The Zero Dollar DIY Challenge”, hosted by Sarah over at Flourish & Knot.
I’m excited to be participating in this series with some other talented bloggy friends! We wanted to challenge and prove to ourselves and you that we all have craft and DIY potential just laying around our homes. We wanted to inspire and show our readers that it IS possible to be creative without spending! To encourage you and ourselves to have a look around our homes and create something awesome with only the supplies and items we already have on hand.
In this series we will feature all new and inspiring DIY projects that are all completely no-spend! The only “rules” for us are, do not spend any money on any new supplies, nada, ziltch, zero… I think you get the drift. 🙂 Fun, right? Bud and I are so up for this challenge! Now that you have the gist of what this post is about, let’s get into our there-for-the making project.
Bud and I decided to start this series off with a project that has been in the queue for a while now, this no-spend challenge was just the thing we needed to kick our butts into gear! I’m not sure how many years ago we bought this Ikea mirror, but we’ve had it forever, the perfect victim. Muhahahaha!
(confession: I struggle to pronounce Ikea words, what about you?)
I did a concept board (a while ago now) for our master bedroom renovation, we wanted texture, warmth and coziness, barn board really helps to bring some of that desired texture into the room, don’t you think? Some of you who follow our blog may be wondering where the heck we are with the bedroom reno… it’s still not quite done but I do promise the reveal is coming soon-ish- haha that’s for you Barb. 😉 I’m searching for the perfect window coverings and a carpet… sigh. So the search continues, I am beginning to annoy myself because I have a certain thing in my head and I just can’t find it… correction, I just can’t find it at a price I am willing to pay. In the mean time, free barn board mirror, yes please!
There you go, we had the mirror + the wood… warning barn board porn below! I just continued to dig around around the house to find the rest of the materials we would need to make this already nice mirror, awesome. I’m so happy and proud to say we did not spend one additional red cent for this project… We had all of the materials from a multitude of other projects and just scrounged around our own house, I shopped chez Laurie’s. 🙂
Ohhhh, my precious!!!!!!
How to make a no-spend barn board mirror
Mirror with frame- in our case we decided to cover an existing Ikea mirror as mentioned above
PL – construction adhesive
An abrasive nylon wheel brush – (it’s basically like a wire wheel except these bristles will not spit little shards of steel at you – bonus) this nylon wheel brush will be run by a drill
Satin spray varnish (I used a combo of what I had on hand – Rustoleum and Varathane – both satin finish)
Nail gun with 2″ brad nails
Steps to cover an Ikea mirror with barn board
Choose your pieces of barn board (strive to pick pieces that are of uniform thicknesses), we picked 6 pieces, 2 that were wide and long enough to cover the long vertical sides, 2 top horizontal pieces and 2 pieces we used for the inside and outside edges of the mirror.
Barn board (BB) should be dried and brushed off of any loose pieces and debris, we let the boards dry in the shop for a few days.
1 Cut dedicated inside (4) and outside (2) edge boards to measured width and length, our specific design feature was to butt join all corners/edges.
2 Dry fit all cut pieces – use clamps where necessary. ** Note that since the bottom of the mirror and the top are not visible we chose not to cover those edges with BB.**
3 By clamping the BBs to the inside and outside edges of the mirror frame you will be able to measure and determine the total width of the front side fascia pieces and the top fascia pieces (see graphic below).
4 Cut dedicated fascia boards (4) as per the measurements determined by step 3.
5 Do not install barn boards yet, lay them flat on a table, clamp them down and use a drill with a nylon wheel brush to clean and smooth all barn board pieces. Use this technique to “sand” the cut barn board pieces to your desired patina. This technique will remove any large splintery pieces and leave you with an authentic barn board weathered look.
6 Once you have the desired barn board aesthetic brush and air spray (compressed air) any debris and dust off of the boards, spray the cleaned and prepared boards in a well ventilated area with a satin spray varnish. We used 2 coats on each piece. Leave to dry as per product instructions.
7 Once BB is dry, install all of the pieces in the same order as the dry fit process above. Install by applying PL glue to the back of each piece, clamp pieces in place and brad nail the barn boards to the mirror. (nail approx every 2′-0″)
Styled a little differently…
We are loving the way this turned out!
This series will be back in April with a special Earth Day edition of, “There for the Making”, yay!!! For now though, I hope you’ll pour over all of these inspirational projects listed below from all of my bloggy friends, they are so very clever!
You can start by visiting my very talented friend, Erin over at DIY Passion. She has DIYed an organizational clipboard, I can’t wait to check it out – I need all the organizing help I can get. 😉
Enjoy and thanks so much for stopping in. xo
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