Wooden Mirror Art
When I moved into my apartment 3 years ago, I really wanted art work to compliment my bedding. Since I didn’t feel like lugging my pillows around town to find a perfect match (that may not even exist), I opted to make my own. I found these super great mirrors (in pine) from Ikea (on sale for $2 at the time).
I mixed acrylic paint to match the colors of my bedding: light green, brown, and cream. Then I lightly stained the wood with some watered down chocolate brown paint (yes, I know that’s really painting it, but bear with me). Then I roughly drew out my designs on the frames in pencil. Next I painted the designs, making 3 frames in each color. The painting process took me quite a while since it was all really fine detail work.
When I was done I hung them up directly across from my bed in 3 columns of 3. I staggered the columns because I wanted it to take up more space.
If you aren’t artistically inclined (or don’t want to put in the hours) here are some ideas to simplify the project:
- Paint the frames solid colors
- Use painters tape to create different striped patterns (see picture wall for example)
- Try painting poke-a-dots, swirls or other simple patters
- Use stamps to create patterns
I kept my frames matte because it matched the room better. If you’d rather have shinny frames, add a coat of polyurethane.