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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Driftwood Mirror

My kids came up for a visit the weekend before chemo made all my hair fell out (lo, these many
months ago!) and we went to a nearby lake and collected a whole LOT of driftwood. You see, I had big plans to make some driftwood mirrors right away. I will use the excuse that I let the wood dry by the wood stove all this time, but really, it's the old Procrastination Bug. You know how it is, ladies.

 But this last week the Energy Bug kicked the Procrastination Bug in the patooty and I finally got this done.

With a hot cuppa tea at my side and some jazz on Pandora, I went to town. I LOVE how this baby came out! I added some rocks and even a little bit of white dry brush highlights, and it came out EXACTLY as I had pictured it!

Here's the beginning of this whole project; a pile of driftwood in all its weather worn and rugged glory and an 80s era print framed mirror. When my master bath had ivy stenciling it looked good in there, but now, not so much.

I covered the whole frame with strips of burlap using hot glue. That way any gaps would just show the burlap texture and not the green and yellow background. This project went so fast that I don't think it took me an hour from start to finish. Super easy, super fast, super good looking and CHEAP! That's my kind of project. It took longer than that to take pictures good enough to post!

Ooh aah! So hard to see the detail with all the clutter in the reflection, but it will go perfectly in my master bath. I'm changing the room over to a turquoise/brown/tan/coastal theme and this mirror is the perfect starting accessory. I think the round mirror in the pic will get a driftwood makeover next.

Here's another pic without all that distracting reflection clutter. So pretty.

Oops! Say hello to the lady blogger with the camera, lol!

The main tip for this super easy and effective project is driftwood, bone dry and lots of it. The burlap definitely helped the hot glue adhere. Rocks and even sea shells would be perfect accents, even sand dollars and little starfish. I think I'm going to add some frosty sea glass to my next couple of driftwood mirrors, too. Oooh, I wonder how a strand of tarnished pearls would look wound in and out of the wood? Gotta try it!

So what fast and easy project have you got on your list that you just haven't got around to doing? Check your stash, put on a little music and MAKE THAT THING! You've been thinking about it for months, now go do it. You may surprise yourself with something super cool or at the very least know what won't work next time you try it. Good luck, friends!


  1. GORGEOUS!!! What a beautiful inspiration!! xox!

  2. the mirror is beautiful...

  3. LOVE IT, LOVE IT! Send that Energy Bug over to kick me in the patooty soon...got lots I want to get to. Best, Vicki

  4. Found your blog when googling for crackle effect (guess what I am intending on doing this morning!) and love both the way you write and your projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. That looks AWESOME! I am not a beachy, driftwood fan, for my own house, but I am TOTALLY appreciative when someone nails it, like you did! :D

  6. I'll be honest. This really isn't my style and wouldn't fit into my home but that doesn't mean I don't love it. I am totally amazed at this transformation. If I had a beach house or a cabin or an ultra modern home I would want to own it for sure. I obviously loved it enough to make a comment so well done Ann. You blew right beyond your target consumer. :)
    I have been hosting a Motivated Monday party at BeColorful but have had trouble with the link lately so I am going to try something else this Sunday night. If you think of it I would love it if you would submit this.
    Hope you are feeling well.
    Pam @ BeColorful

  7. Love it. I just completed a twiggy mirror. It took me much longer than an hour!

  8. Such a nifty & creative idea! I would like to invite you to share your idea by linking to my blog bash K.I.S.S. Happy to be a new follower too :)

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  9. You know I love this. Thanks so much for sharing it on Motivated Monday at BeColorful.

  10. Thank you for sharing your great project by linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S. @ The Tattered Tag. Please remember tomorrow is another fun blog bash, so drop by and link up more of your creativity! :)

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  11. Beautiful blog! I like natural materials, and this mirror framesbox is magnificent! Thanks! Greetings from Croatian!

  12. I think it's very beautiful!!! I also understand the procrastination bug LOL! I'm gathering ideas for driftwood. I live on Maui and we collect tons of driftwood!!! Thanks for sharing this. ~Yolanda~


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