My usual method of decorating is to get the whole room planned out in my head then systematically do one project after another to complete it.
Sometimes it works great. Sometimes things don't go as planned. This mirrored door is a case in point for the the 'not always going as planned'.
I love full length mirrors for those last minute once-overs before heading out the door. The one we use in our bedroom right now was an eight dollar find from when I was about sixteen years old. It's not very beautiful, but at the moment it's a necessary evil. I do eventually want some sort of lovely mirror that actually adds to the room, and a while ago I was scheming out my bedroom decor and had what I thought at the time was an epiphany!
So, I want mostly soft whites in the bedroom. I have an old white door with lots of windowpanes. I could take out the windows, replace them with mirror, and have a full length mirror! It would be just the look I'm going for! So unique! So vintage. So perfect. So right!
I planned it all out, figured out where and how to get the mirror panes, did the whole project, then put it into my bedroom and stepped back ready to be enthralled.
Um no. I just wasn't. At all.
For one thing it looked very small, skinny and alone in the wide space allotted it. I could've figured out a way to remedy that. But the major problem was that with all the separated mirror panes it was absolutely horrendous to use as a full-length mirror! I looked distorted and unattractive and who wants to see that every morning?!? Duh, Juliana....facepalm.
If you're thinking I should've thought of that from the start, you're probably absolutely right. Sigh.
So I had to step back and revamp the bedroom mirror plan. I have another (huge, Restoration Hardware style) mirror in the works. This one will be perfect. Hopefully. If not, I suppose I'll try something else. Live and learn. 🙂
As for the door mirror I made, it can't actually be classified as a DIY fail because although it may not be 'inspect yourself from head to toe' quality, it's gorgeous and I love it. It proudly holds down a corner in my living room. Last Christmas I strung twine across it and hung the cards we received on it. Now I have a boxwood wreath hanging on it, which I'm pretty sure is perfection itself. There's just something about old vintage white stuff paired with boxwood...
And that's the background story of this delightful mirrored vintage door.
Shall we move on to the how tos?
I can't promise this will work on just any door. I can only show you how I did mine.
This door in particular had a detachable piece, the section with all the window panes. It had little screws that turned to let it pop out, which made it much more convenient to work with.
The back was in bad shape, which made it a lot easier to see what I had to do. There was all this rotting wood that was covering where the window panes were held in place, so I set to work scraping all that off.
Next was getting rid of all the glazier's points that were holding the glass in place. A scraper to pry up the tip and a needle nose pliers to pull them out made short work of that. Actually more like long work, but it got done, one itty bitty glazier's point by one itty bitty glazier's point.
Then, I carefully removed all the window panes. Some fell out, some had to be tapped out. Even with gentle care some of them broke. Be careful if you're doing this.
Since I wanted it to look a bit less dingy I quickly dry brushed some cream/white paint over the whole thing at this stage.
Now, about the mirror...I feel as though I need to preface this next section with an apology to all Lowe's mirror cutters near and far.
I'm so sorry for any long labor I may cause you from this blog post.
You see, Lowe's will cut your mirror for you. 🙂 As in, I bought a 36" x 30" piece of mirror for $17.98 and they cut it into all these separate pieces. I had done my research and knew that they offered this service but look at all these little sections folks! I went in there half expecting them to laugh at me and kick me out of the door of the store!
But no indeed. I went in armed with the above layout of how to get it all out of the piece, handed it to the nicest, most polite young man, and he set to work. I left to do some shopping, came back an hour later and he was just finishing up. He had every piece nicely wrapped up and it was stacked into a neat little bundle for me. I am now a much happier Lowe's customer for having met you, sir!
After that, it was a very simple process of gently inserting the mirror pieces, then setting to work with the glaziers points I bought. Really very easy to use, just set one down on the mirror and use a scraper or something to push the point into the wood. Repeat many times, as often as you think needed.
I finished off with some caulk. and that was that. I didn't spend much time prettying up the back, since it will never be used now anyway.
If you ever decide to try your hand at this, I'd love to hear how it turns out!