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The Pinterest Challenge Project

2011 August 2
by Katie

Today is the day! 

I am so excited to finally be able to see this day actually happen.  Yup, after months of pitching, discussing, planning, videotaping, emailing, and actual project tackling, today is the day to celebrate the amazing inspiration that is Pinterest and the fact that we got off our bums and did something good for our homes.  And to think that this whole thing began with a little chat on the floor when Sherry came to visit and ended with HGTV’s Design Star saying she was in :)   Crazy.

If you have no clue what I am talking about – click here and watch the video.  It explains what we are up to and how you can get in on the action.  Oh and just so everyone knows – Pinterest has no idea we are doing this…we just thought it would be fun to use it as a tool for great inspiration. 

As for my project – here’s what has been happening on my Pinterest boards lately:

A whole lotta mirrors.  And my favorite just happens to be that first one – the one by the fabulous Kristi of Addicted 2 Decorating.  After finding her blog and seeing her tutorial on how she made her Apartment Therapy inspired decor piece, I pinned that bad boy and began planning on how I could make my own.

I’m not gonna explain how I did this step-by-step…only because Kristi already did a wonderful job doing that.  Instead, I wanna show you what I did different.  Like for one…my shims were 1 inch wide and needed to be only two inches long.  That was part of my plan.  So I rigged the miter saw to have a board clamped to it acting like a guide - all I had to do was push the shim all the way up to meet the board and WAHLA!  two inch cuts.

And let me tell ya…there were lots of cuts needed.

Then I played around with patterns.  I have always liked basketweave backsplashes – you know, with subway tile - so I figured that it would also look pretty darn cute surrounding a mirror too. 

And as you can see, I didn’t use MDF…but instead some particle board that I got for 51 cents in the clearance bin at Home Depot. 

After glueing, waiting, jigsawing and sanding - we have this beauty… 

Oh and you may notice that my edges are slightly more refined than jagged ole particle board (that tends to splinter really bad)…it’s all thanks to veneer edging.

This stuff is amazing.  And yes, I have plans for the leftovers…

All I did was use my regular old iron to adhere it to the edges and cover up all those imperfections.  If only my makeup stayed put that easily.  of course, the idea of ironing concealer onto my face isn’t ideal.  but permanent concealer might be worth it.  beauty is pain people.    

Then came time to stain.  I wanted it to be rich and masculine looking…so I opted for MinWax’s Dark Walnut. 

At first I wanted to make something for our guest bedroom…to put something over the bed…

But after I made it, I loved it so much that I wanted to enjoy it for myself.  Why give it to guests who will enjoy it maybe once a month when I can keep it for myself and enjoy it everyday, right?!  I’m nothing if not completely selfless…

Oh and Jeremy?  Yeah – he loves it.  We both agreed that it looks good with the dark sidetables and the lighter bed (it just wouldn’t have worked with the darker bed in the guest bedroom…sometimes chocolate on chocolate only works when it comes to ice cream…or bacon). 

But the real WOL (woah-out-loud) inducing factor of this piece is the interesting texture and finish.     

So there you have it folks – my first Pinterest Challenge project complete! 

Be sure to check out my fellow Pinterest Challengers:

Sherry @ Young House Love

Emily @ Style By Emily Henderson

Lana @ Making a House a Home

And how did you guys do?  Did you tackle a personal project?  Was it something that you pinned?  I’d love for you to share! If you participated this past week in doing your own spin on something you pinned and you blogged about it, just click on the little blue button below to link up your Pinterest Challenge project. Can’t wait to see what you did! Who knows…maybe next time it will be someone else’s next project inspiration!

89 Responses leave one →
  1. August 2, 2011

    Oh Katie-that’s gorgeous! So talented, my gosh. I think I bit off too much for the week-long challenge:
    it may get done by next Tuesday! :-)

  2. Malgorzata permalink
    August 2, 2011

    That mirror is simply amazing and looks great in your bedroom. Good job Katie!

  3. Bob permalink
    August 2, 2011

    Did you cut the inner and outer circles yourself, or did you just have your son chew on the wood until it approximated circles? Them some ruff circles yo!

    • August 2, 2011

      Haha! No, I cut them with a jigsaw (per Kristi’s instructions) and for some reason they look wonky…I swear they are round but I think the iron-on stuff didn’t bend as easily in some places so it looks like that. Thankfully the pictures exaggerrate it a little more.
      xo – kb
      p.s. You should know that we only let Will chew on electrical cords.

      • Bob permalink
        August 2, 2011

        Well that explains his lack of sideburns! :)

        • August 2, 2011

          Actually I think the lack of sideburns are from my awesome wrestling moves. like the Head-Grinder. or the one I call The Sideburn Sander :)
          xo – kb

  4. August 2, 2011

    LOVE that so much. I might have to try that for the next challenge :)

    Here is mine!!!

    I barely squeaked it out too…been sick all week!

  5. August 2, 2011

    Thanks so much for this challenge! LOVE how your mirror turned out! The way you end up with the color effect from the stain is pretty stunning. And that veneer stuff IS pretty amazing, huh? I used it on a shelf make over ( a while back. that stuff truly is awesome.

  6. August 2, 2011

    What a cool design and it’s so easy to DIY it ourselves. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. August 2, 2011

    Can you see your (bower) power ???? 173 projects???
    Wow! You should be proud!!!

    • August 2, 2011

      Isn’t it soo cool?
      I am overwhelmingly impressed with all the folks that tackled this challenge with us! Blows my mind!
      xo – kb

  8. August 2, 2011

    Wow, Katie, you rock as usual! I have a feeling this baby is being perused and pinned as we speak! Thanks for inspiring me to take on a quick project this week!


  9. August 2, 2011

    I absolutely love it!! I agree with everyone else that it looks like something out of an expensive homewares store. Well done :)

  10. August 2, 2011

    This came out awesome Katie!!

  11. tracy a permalink
    August 2, 2011

    love the mirror and am feeling quite inspired! and i also LOVE the comment about chocolate and bacon (that is what you intended right?)….one of my favourite brown on brown combos!!

  12. August 2, 2011

    I’d love to follow you on Pinterest, what is your Pinterest name? I’m searching everything I can think of and am coming up blank. I need to stalk you and you’re making it difficult (kidding!). Could you please put up a link on your homepage to your Pinterest page (I’m sure other people are looking for you too) or do you like to keep your Pinterest private?

  13. August 2, 2011

    I am so impressed with your skills, Katie! That mirror is beautiful!

  14. Sherri permalink
    August 2, 2011

    Loved it,Britney; I mean Katie! You placed it in the perfect spot. I enjoyed your British accent in the video. You’re a hoot! Thanks for the inspiration.

  15. August 2, 2011

    OMGeee Katie Bower I love your mirror. That stain is just freakin sexy, there’s no way around it. Once you go black…er.. Dark Walnut… Shmanyways. What was your budget breakdown for that project, if you please ma’am?
    Not like you’re busy with life and a huge house and a wedding coming up or anything, but you know what else would be swell is if you’d get a video of cutting something into a circle like that. With a jigsaw, did you say? For those of us who aren’t power tool savvy yet.

    • August 2, 2011

      Good idea!
      The shims were $6, the particle board was $.51, the veneer was $6.47 – the glue, stain, mirror (leftover from our wedding – ha!), and hooks were all free because they were leftovers from other projects – bringing our grand total to….quick grab a calculator…$13. Not too shabby!
      And yes – the jigsaws are awesome. I can’t wait to use it again…I think a video is in order :)
      xo – kb

  16. Courtney permalink
    August 2, 2011

    LOVE, Love, love this challenge. I didn’t participate, but seeing everybody’s work is getting me inspired.

  17. August 2, 2011

    You’re so crafty!! I love the texture of the wood, it looks great over your bed.

  18. Karla permalink
    August 3, 2011

    Katie, you and this project are awesome!
    I love how you keep it real and stand up for yourself! :) Take care and keep up the good work!

  19. August 3, 2011

    Love it! Ill have to try to create something like this soon!

  20. August 3, 2011

    WOW, this is great! What a relaxing room. Thanks for hosting, it was great fun to challenge myself :)

  21. Stephanie B permalink
    August 3, 2011

    Awesome!! It’s beautiful!!

  22. August 3, 2011

    I love the mirror! I am getting so many ideas from the Pinterest Challenge. I’m totally joining up for the next time! I just started reading your blog and am really enjoying it :)

  23. merle brendeland permalink
    August 3, 2011

    Very creative and interesting. Above all, low cost. BTW, what thickness was your particle board?


    • August 3, 2011

      Maybe 3/8ths? Maybe quarter inch? Don’t know!
      xo – kb

  24. August 3, 2011

    Great job, Katie! I love your mirror. I’ve seen so many versions of the sunburst and round mirrors & this one really takes it up a notch. love your challenge. I’m in ATL too & hope to meet you one day!

    • August 3, 2011

      Let’s do it Rhoda!
      And just so you know – I loved your Biltmore/Shaw flooring/HGTV recap post – I was totally green with envy. like a good shade of emerald to be exact :)
      xo – kb

  25. August 3, 2011

    Holy cow Katie! This turned out so freaking cool! I would have put it in my room too. I love the stain you used, and now I’m officially dying to make one. :)

  26. August 4, 2011

    I LOVE that mirror…..I NEED that mirror…..must make mirror! LOL Great job!

  27. August 17, 2011

    Your mirror is TDF. I love your basket-weave spin.

  28. August 20, 2011

    So late with this. But I loved your idea but was in the middle of planning a birthday party and vacation and wasn’t able to participate on the exact day. I was using Pinterest to gather ideas for Remie’s birthday and did my challenge on a couple inspiration images when planning her party.

  29. Tarah permalink
    June 20, 2014

    I would love to know where you got your bedding? Thanks

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