DIY Convex Mirror

I am so happy to feature a Guest Post by my dear friend, Suzy at Worthing Court.  You will just adore her Convex Mirror Project.  What a beautiful addition to her Dining Room.  Take it away Suzy!

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Hi everyone!


I’m Suzy from Worthing Court and am so happy to be visiting with all of you today here at The Everyday Home!

I’m sharing an easy and affordable diy project with you today that I did for my dining room, but which can literally be used in any room in your home.  As a matter of fact, I’m going to be making more to use in a bedroom that I’m making over, but in a different color.
wall gallery featuring diy convex mirrors via Worthing Court blog
Without further adieu, here is my tutorial for making your very own convex mirrors.
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I want to share a project with you that I worked on last week and finished up over the weekend.


how to make your own convex mirror via Worthing Court blogI love the look of a small convex mirror inside a thick, chunky frame.  I wasn’t willing to pay retail for one, so I decided to try making one myself.

Here’s how I did it.

how to make your own convex mirror via Worthing Court blog

Supplies you’ll need are:
16″ (or any size you prefer) ceiling medallion
I purchased mine at Lowes for about $20 and didn’t care what color it was since I knew I’d be painting it.

5″ truck mirror
I purchased mine at an eighteen wheeler type truck supplier for about $6.  If you don’t have a supplier near you, just Google “5 inch convex truck mirror” and several places that sell them will pop up.

Rustoleum Metallics spray paint in the color Aged Brass
Rub n Buff in color Antique Gold
Ceramcoat craft paint in color Burnt Umber
Respirator mask (for breathing protection 
while spray painting)
hot glue gun
pliers
box cutter

Here’s a closeup of the convex truck 
mirror box.
how to make your own convex mirror via Worthing Court blog

Step 1. Spray paint the ceiling medallion.  It took two coats for me to get sufficient coverage over the dark brown.

how to make your own convex mirror via Worthing Court blog

Step 2. Glaze the ceiling medallion using Burnt Umber craft paint that has been thinned down with just a tiny amount of water.  I used the wipe it on, wipe it off method until I achieved the amount of glazing that I liked.

Wipe it on…

how to make your own convex mirror via Worthing Court blog

…wipe it off.

how to make your own convex mirror via Worthing Court blog

The completed look.

how to make your own convex mirror via Worthing Court blog

Step 3. Very carefully, remove the mirror from the metal encasing by first cutting away the rubber gasket with the box cutter.  Make sure you cut away from your body not toward yourself!

how to make your own convex mirror via Worthing Court blog

Step 4. Again, very carefully, pull back the metal edges with the pliers.  Do this all the way around the mirror.  What you’re trying to do is to free the mirror from what is holding it in place.

how to make your own convex mirror via Worthing Court blog

Step 5.  Ever so gently, slip the edge of the box cutter behind the edges of the mirror to gently lift it out.  This is what you will be left with.

how to make your own convex mirror via Worthing Court blog

Step 6. Hot glue the mirror to the back of the ceiling medallion.

how to make your own convex mirror via Worthing Court blog

You’re done!

how to make your own convex mirror via Worthing Court blog

I used stick on Velcro Command strips to hang the mirror on the wall.  It doesn’t weigh very much at all.

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Thank you Barb, for having me over to visit today!




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  1. I kept trying to guess what it was made of when looking at the picture before reading.. I guessed several things. Not once did I guess a ceiling medallion. Great job… Impressive, creative.
    Cindy

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  2. Omg. Love this project!

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  3. VERY cool project- I just love it- xo Diana

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  4. I always have loved these mirrors and this project.

    Cynthia

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  5. That is awesome! I was just thinking last night about those ceiling medallions and thinking that it would be fun to do a project with one of them! Very well done :)

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  6. How incredibly clever! Looks great! And I love the color of your dining room walls!

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  7. I loved seeing this incredible project again….it is my favorite!!!

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  8. I loved this project how fun something to try one of these days!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  9. Suzy you are so creative!! I love this project and no one would ever guess it is a DIY!! Bravo to YOU!
    Kathysue

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  10. They look great Suzy!! Your dining room is so pretty!

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  11. Suzy that is great! I will have to share! Thanks!

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  12. You are a genius, Suzy! I absolutely love this … thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea! I have to try this! Thanks for featuring Suzy’s beautiful dining room and her awesome idea, Barb!

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