Everyone has seen the Pottery Barn Egan Mirror knock offs, and I myself wanted to try it. I found a simple tutorial over at DollarStoreCrafts.com using dollar tree mirrors taped to foam board. Initially, I wanted to try this myself, but I figured the black was a little too much contrast for the light airy feel I was trying to give my home. So I ventured onto Pottery Barn's website and found something right up my alley: The Pottery Barn White Paned Mirror (aka the Chippy Wood Mirror).
I was beyond smitten with it, but for $699, I certainly couldn't afford the price tag (it's worth every dime, but I am a budget spender). And so with the idea to use Dollar Tree Mirrored Frames from DollarStoreCrafts.com's Egan tutorial, I took my spin and made my own version of a different mirror altogether.
I'd have to say it's not an exact knock off but it's pretty darn close and looks amazing in person! (NOTE: I WILL GET A BETTER PHOTO WHEN I HANG IT AND MY DEN RENO IS COMPLETE) :))
SO, I am sure you want to know how to make this gem, HERE WE GO :
WHAT YOU NEED:
* 20 framed mirrors from the Dollar Tree = $20
* Power Grab Adhesive (it dries in 10 seconds literally) - FREE - I had it on hand
* KRYLON'S Satin Ivory spray paint - $4 or less at Wal Mart
* Acrylic Black and White paints (FREE I had it on hand, but about $1 or less in craft stores)
* A large sheet of plywood - $5 at Lowe's
TOTAL: $30-$33 OR LESS IF YOU HAVE SUPPLIES ON HAND :))
Now that you have your supplies, let me show you the step by step photo tutorial to get you going :))
- Remove Mirrors and backing from EACH frame and set aside (try not to buy the red frames b/c they DO NOT cover well, they turn pink, even with multiple coats of Krylon's primer spray paint) I bought browns and blacks. After you disassemble each mirror spray paint with Krylon's Satin Ivory (2 -3 coats should be fine, and you can do it in one setting) **PLEASE IGNORE MY CARPET, THIS ROOM IS UNDER RENOVATION AND IS BEING REPLACED SOON**
Let them dry about 15 minutes just to be safe :))
-Line all your frames on the plywood and make pencil markings, cut off excess. Once you have cut the excess off Spray Paint a light coat of the same spray paint over the board (in case any shows through) Also spray the edges of the plywood as this will show when you later hang it).
- Put your mirrors back into the frames (push the tabs down to lock them in), Then put the Power Grab in a caulking gun and apply a liberal amount to the entire back side's outer edges and in the middle of each frame (ONE AT A TIME) Line up to your plywood edge to edge/corner to corner and press FIRMLY for ten SOLID seconds on both top and bottom and again on sides. IT WILL be stuck and won't move after this. Apply each other frame the same way. Start Horizontally with lining them and then work onward.
- Squirt a small amount of black acrylic paint and a small amount of white acrylic paint onto a plate (or hefty paper), with a small foam brush dab the corner ONLY into the black paint then a small dab into the white and then another small dab of black back onto the tip. Use a swish back and forth motion in the creases and edges an random areas around the frames and pick the brush up with a swipe. This will give the frames that distressed old window look like the Pottery Barn's White Pane Mirror :)
- Obtain a heavy duty photographic hook from a framing store (or arts and crafts store in the framing section). AND HANG AND ENJOY the fact you've saved yourself roughly $670 :))
**NOTE: Because I am still renovating the room I am hanging this in I have yet to get a hook for it, but here are some photos of my finished product. I will add better photos once I finish this den renovation and hang it over the electric panel box in that room**.
Side By Side Comparison:
Pottery Barn's $699 White Paned Mirror
My $30 Knock off White Paned Mirror
ENJOY!!! AND PLEASE Share the tutorial and your own version of this knock off :)) This is the first Pottery Barn White Paned Mirror tutorial on the web so I am excited to share it! And of course THANKS to DollarStoreCrafts.com for the original idea of using Dollar Tree Mirrors :))
**NOTE: I have made a video showing how to apply the black and white paints for distressing, if anyone needs help doing this please comment below so I can link you the video**.
*EDIT* 3 January 2013: FINALLY put it up, in my bedroom:) What do you all think? I am in love!