I shared a few sneak peeks of this project on Instagram in July and then August went by in a blink!
It’s always been my intention to hang some sort of sunburst mirror above this carved teak bar.
It sits in the nook off the living room that used to be the dining room… When we moved the dining room to the second living room behind the kitchen (I know, this sounds so confusing!) we decided to turn the old dining room into an extension of the living room, which has proved very useful when we have large groups of people over!
This picture (pre-sunburst-mirror) gives you an idea of how the rooms connect – my camera tripod was set up on the living room coffee table for this shot, the kitchen is through the doorway, and the current dining room is on the other side of the kitchen.
Anyway, I thought that a big, round, gold mirror would be perfect for that spot, but sunburst mirrors are expensive, you guys! I never came across one secondhand, and I didn’t want to make my own out of bamboo skewers because, well, I was worried it would just look like bamboo skewers.
However, when my editor at eHow asked me if I would be up for creating a DIY sunburst mirror tutorial, I decided to take on the challenge of coming up with one that would satisfy my inner perfectionist.
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These 15″ long, 5mm thick bamboo skewers* were my secret weapon! They are longer and much thicker than regular bamboo skewers and I think they really help keep this mirror from jumping out as an obvious DIY project.
Once the mirror was finished and in its place on the wall, I had to figure out the styling for the finished shots, which can be a little less effortless than you might think… In case you ever wondered what goes into snapping the “perfect” photo…
In the end, slightly-creepy wooden hand + succulent stem won out. I know. It was a close call.
>> Head on over to eHow for the full tutorial! <<