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!