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Happy 2014! I loved 2013 but am really looking forward to 2014 – my self-proclaimed “Year of Fun!” It’s always great to look back at the previous year and this blog helps keep some of those fun memories for me. Based upon your views and clicks, it is safe to say this year was the year of our master bedroom. We finally finished all of the big projects I wanted to complete and you all loved them with me! Below are the top five posts from 2013.

Bar area before and afterConner’s favorite makeover in our house is this bar area, especially the stained wine cabinet from our 5th anniversary. When we moved in, we knew right away that the desk would have to come out (can you say junk collector?). New floors, new paint, an updated cabinet as well as two new beverage centers really make this spot more us!

DIY Mirrored Nightstand5I love that we finally have grown-up nightstands! Conner’s nightstand was tricky with that stupid floor vent but we worked it out and I love it.

Floor Mirror18Every girl’s dream – a full-length mirror to see her shoes! This DIY floor mirror took some time (mainly for drying, but really for silver-leafing) but it was so worth it for the end result and the space it takes up on this empty wall.

DIY Tufted Headboard19The second most favorite post/project of the year is our tufted headboard, inspired by West Elm and featured on BuzzFeed! (What a thrill and lesson learned…don’t read comments you can’t delete!) Mom and I worked all day on a Sunday to get this over-sized beauty finished and I love it so much.

DIY Mirror Nightstand8And finally, your favorite project and mine…the DIY mirrored nightstand on my side of the bed. I had been dreaming of doing this for two years and am kicking myself for not doing it sooner. It is so easy and not as expensive as I feared!

Thanks for reading in 2013! I will be back soon with new projects. For more in between posts, follow me on Instagram and like the Facebook page!

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Almost four months ago, I showed you one of my top five favorite projects I’ve ever done – my DIY mirrored nightstand. I still love it! A week later, I was coveting a piece of furniture that I thought didn’t exist but thanks to the world wide web, a friendly reader and a town that I’m not too fond of (sorry Debbie, I’m an OSU gal!) I found exactly what I wanted and finally created a mirrored nightstand for the other side of our master bed.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand5Here he is! (I call mine a she, Conner’s side is a he. I feel its only appropriate.) I’m not totally happy with the styling and accessories but he’ll get there. At least he is finished and in place so my husband has a place to charge his phone and put down a water glass. Three months after I finished this nightstand, I’m finally showing you how it all came to be!

DIY Mirrored Nightstand1This was our humble beginning. Debbie from Norman was holding on to this piece to use outside. Luckily for me, it was still sitting in the garage and had yet to move so Debbie was willing to sell it to me. (I have plenty of those pieces!)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand2The bones were good but the back was too frilly for what I wanted. There were two small pieces of wood, held by small screws, that were holding the top scroll piece. It was super easy to take off the three pieces but then I was left with this hole. Crap.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand3After two trips to Home Depot (the first was just a thought process and the second I took Conner to make sure I measured right), I came home with two pieces of wood. The first piece of wood used was this small piece that fit perfectly in the new hole made from the missing top scroll piece.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand4The second piece of wood was actually a new layer to the top of the nightstand. When we set the nightstand next to the bed, it was just a smidge too short for what I wanted. I couldn’t find casters that fit the look for the price I wanted so I had a new piece of wood cut and used Gorilla Glue to attach it to the top of the old wood. After several coats of wood putty, some sanding and spray paint, it was just what I wanted! (I wasn’t looking for complete perfection since I knew you would be able to see the grain and knicks in the original wood)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand5I went through the same process of finishing this nightstand as I did on the first mirrored nightstand: the local glass shop cut the pieces of mirror to size, I used mirror adhesive to attach the pieces and glass knobs from Hobby Lobby finished it all off. I love it!

You can see the floor vent in this picture, aka my nightmare and the original reason why it took so long to find the perfect picture of furniture to fit this side of the bed. The floor vent deflector fits perfectly under here and our room has stayed nice and cool this summer.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand6The main wall of our bedroom looks perfect with the two mirrored nightstands and is exactly what I had pictured in my mind! Only a few more small details and I will show you a great before and after, complete with a picture of what this room looked like at our first showing!

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**UPDATE: I had the mirrors for this cut at a local glass shop. They also drilled the holes for me for the hardware. I mentioned this below but am still getting lots of comments on it so here it is upfront: the glass shop is your BFF during a project like this!!**

I am so excited about this DIY project! I have been dreaming it up for a while and finally got motivated and adventurous enough to attempt the project. It took some planning and patience (bleh) but I can now say that this DIY mirrored nightstand is my most favorite project to date!

Mirrored NightstandsI love mirrored nightstands! They feel so glamorous and adult – two things I usually do not feel. The sizes and looks of the ones above were perfect for our master bedroom but the prices are absolutely ridiculous…especially when you add in shipping for a large, delicate item! I really wanted one but really did not want to pay the premium price so I finally went for it and attempted this project.

(Nightstand 1 – Pier 1; Nightstand 2 – Pottery Barn; Nightstand 3 – Anthropologie; Nightstand 4 – Z Gallerie)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand1This “nightstand” was actually a small dresser my grandma used to use. (Please ignore the dead green stuff everywhere – spring is coming!) If you remember from the curio cabinet project, she moved out of her house and had a large garage sale which was awesome for me. It was in pretty good condition but had some scratches and dents from general wear and tear. (The two top drawers were at the glass shop when I took this picture.)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand2Obviously I couldn’t put mirror on every square inch of the furniture so I used Krylon’s original chrome spray paint (40% off at Hobby Lobby) and painted the edges of the top, sides and drawer fronts of the nightstand. There was zero point of wasting paint on the middle of each part since that is where the mirror was going! While the painting was happening, my mirror pieces were being cut at my favorite glass shop.

Side note: I am now obsessed with my friends at City Glass because they replaced two cracked drawer front pieces for me…for free! Seriously, make friends with people who you know you’ll be working with a lot. They will be your life-savers when you attempt your own DIY projects.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand3When I finished my oversize floor mirror project, I asked my friends at the glass shop how I should start the mirrored nightstand project. They recommended just bringing in the measurements for the sides and top but to bring in a drawer so they could have a template for the size and placement of holes for the hardware. So smart! The sides on this piece were different – so weird – and the top drawer is smaller than the bottom three drawers so I took them the measurements for three pieces as well as the top two drawers for measuring and cutting.

It took about three days for them to get all seven pieces cut and ready for me to pick up. We had plenty of mirror adhesive left over from the last mirror project and it was the same procedure as before: put plenty of glue on the back of the mirror, stick the mirror to the surface and use objects/tape to hold the mirror in place for at least 24 hours.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand4The sides were the hardest and scariest to glue. The top was obviously the easiest – some tape and heavy books helped keep the mirror in place – but the sides were so nerve-wracking. Would the piece of mirror fall over in the middle of the night? No need to worry – the mirror adhesive glue means serious business. After about 20 minutes, that sucker wasn’t budging. (we still kept the tape on over night to make sure nothing was falling or moving)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand5The drawers were pretty easy as well. We set them upright, glued them, stuck the mirror on and used the new hardware to position each piece perfectly. Not pictured here are two of the drawers…the mirror cracked a little from drilling the holes for the hardware and I think I might have screwed in one of the knobs too tight…lesson learned! The knobs are now on but not screwed so tightly they don’t have a little give to them.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand6Here is the final product – love, love, love! Seriously, it makes me so happy to walk in to our room and see this nightstand. It really does make me feel a little more glamorous and a little more grown-up with something this fancy in our master bedroom.

(Pssst – like that green painter’s tape above our bed? It is now a tufted headboard, inspired by West Elm, that my mom and I made! Check it out here.)

DIY Mirrored Nightstand8This project ended up being extremely cost-effective, especially compared to the pricey pieces I originally found online. The knobs were all half-off at Hobby Lobby (shame on you if you ever purchase something for the full price) and getting mirror cut to size is really not that expensive! This whole piece was $128, which sounds like a lot, but is SO much better than the $400-700 I was looking at originally.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand9The only purchases I made for the top of the nightstand were the fresh tulips and the pink/green tray. I love fresh flowers, especially the pretty spring ones, and the pink/green tray reminds me of my bedroom in college (I was obsessed with the color combination). I love it because it gives me happy memories as well as brings in some fun pops of color!

The rest of the items have been collected over time: lamp and large frame are from Hobby Lobby, the clock was a wedding present from Pottery Barn, the Ben’s Garden ‘L’ coaster was a present from a friend, the books came from random places over the years and the vase is from Target. I like the variation of heights of the items and that they all have some special meaning or thought to them.

DIY Mirrored Nightstand11For your viewing pleasure…and mine, of course, I love a good before and after…here is a final before/after look at our DIY mirrored nightstand. SO happy with the results and so happy I went for this project. It was a lot easier than I had built it up to be and of course am mad I waited so long to do this!

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After some teasing on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I am FINALLY finished with my oversize floor mirror. This bad boy weighs in at super heavy and measures 7 feet tall by 3 feet wide. I love how it ended up but did make a few errors along the way. I’ve explained them below and hope this helps you if you attempt this project!

Floor Mirror1This was my inspiration. I saw it on Pinterest and instantly loved the size and gilded frame. I have been looking for a floor mirror that is a decent size with a cheap price but with those expectations, was coming up short on options. When I saw this, I put together my plan and went to town!

Floor MirrorI started with an 8′ x 4′ piece of MDF from Home Depot that I had cut down to 7′ x 3′ before I left the store. I painted the back of the wood first (probably the first time I’ve painted the back/inside of any project!) and then painted the border of the front since the mirror would attach to the middle of the wood.

Floor Mirror3My dad helped me use my box cutter to cut the trim pieces I also purchased at Home Depot to make the large outside frame. The trim I used was flat on the back and round on the top. This was SO much easier than the crown molding we installed in the dining room. Having it completely flat on the back and even on both sides made this process go quickly and smoothly.

Floor Mirror4Luckily the trim pieces were so long, we only had to make the 45 degree cuts for the corners. We are both visual people so to anyone watching us cut this, we must have looked like loons. “Okay, so we cut it this way (insert angled hand motion) so now we’ll cut it this way to match up (insert opposite angled hand motion).”

Floor Mirror5We used my mom’s air compressed nail gun so the pieces of trim were attached to the MDF in no time! When you attempt this on your own (and you will because it is that easy), don’t worry about a small gap on the corners – those are very easy to fill in with wood putty or caulk.

Floor Mirror6Once we finished the outside frame, we used mirror adhesive and attached the mirror I had cut at my local glass shop. I don’t have pictures of this step because it took my dad, Conner and me to get the mirror glued, attached and as straight as possible. One tip – before we started to attach the mirror, we measured it out and marked where the mirror should line up on the wood. This was a huge help!

We moved the project to our dining table so more of it was supported and the wood didn’t bow on the ends. To make sure the mirror was securely attached, we weighed down the top with random objects we found in the dining and living room. Our table looked like this for four days – what a sight!

Floor Mirror7Once I felt more than safe that the mirror was attached and the glue was dry, we used the same trim to make the inside frame that sits on top of the mirror. Conner helped me cut the pieces and attach them to the mirror with more mirror adhesive. This sat for two days before I moved on to the next step.

Floor Mirror8I used wood putty to fill in the nail holes and also seal the gaps where the two pieces of trim don’t match perfectly in the corners.

Floor Mirror9Wood putty is very easy to work with if you haven’t used it before. I am lazy so I just use my fingers, not a putty knife, to layer in the putty and smooth it. Make sure you use a wood putty or caulk that is sandable/paintable – it will make your life much easier!

Floor Mirror10Once the putty was dry, it was time to silver leaf! This was so time-consuming and such a hassle but the end result was well worth it. It would have been much easier to just paint the trim but I wanted the metallic, reflective surface that silver leaf gives. It would have also been MUCH easier to do this before the trim was attached but I wasn’t thinking about that when I started this whole project.

Floor Mirror11Start by brushing on the metal leaf adhesive. This small bottle is in the same aisle as the metal leaf sheets I found at Hobby Lobby. This adhesive is super strong and stays tacky for a very long time, several days in fact! They aren’t lying when they say to wait at least 45 minutes before applying the silver leaf sheets. If the glue is too wet, the process gets very sloppy.

Floor Mirror12These are the metal leaf sheets I used. They come in a pack of 25. I thought that would be enough but I had to get another package and used several sheets of the new one.

I started by applying the whole sheet to the trim. That was a mistake – it got everywhere! I ended up tearing off small pieces from the large sheet and applying them to the trim. This process for a piece of furniture (like this tutorial here) would be so much easier because you could use a whole sheet instead of breaking them up. I would love to do this for a side table in our guest room and may end up doing it now that I’ve had this trial run on silver leafing.

Floor Mirror13I used my fingers to attach the sheets and then ran a foam brush over the area to really attach it. This will get messy and little pieces of silver will go flying so make sure you do this in an area or on a surface you don’t mind getting dirty.

Floor Mirror14Notice the painters tape in the picture above? This is why! SO messy with my first attempt. The glue and silver were everywhere. Way to NOT think through this process, Laura. I don’t blame myself though. No, I blame the red carpet coverage of the Oscars. That’s a legitimate reason to be distracted, right?

Floor Mirror15After 6 hours, spread out over several days, I was finally finished with the silver leaf. What a time investment, right? Once I pulled all of the tape off, I used Goo Gone to erase the glue that was on the mirror, a piece of sand paper to smooth out the silver leaf on the MDF and then applied one quick coat of paint to the border. So pretty!

Floor Mirror16I absolutely love how much light this mirror reflects. This sits to the left of our door to the bathroom and across from the one window in our room. It was so bright in here all weekend – love!

The floor lamp was a purchase from Target last year and the garden stool was one I got on clearance from Garden Ridge and spray painted navy. It is a perfect resting spot for my phone, clothes and will eventually see a glass (or two) of wine!

Floor Mirror17The silver leaf is so reflective and gives off a nice shine. While it was a pain in the rear to do this while the trim was attached, it was totally worth it!  The final white coat I used is the same as our living room fireplace – Moon Rise by Behr.

Floor Mirror18In an attempt to keep it real, here is what this area looked like before I took the pictures and I’m sure what it will look like most of the time: shoes kicked off, shirt draped on the stool and one or both dogs in the way. Typical!

The total size of this mirror is 7′ x 3′. The mirror I had cut at my local glass shop was supposed to just be 6″ shorter than the MDF on all sides but I’m not sure where my math went wrong. The larger border at the top and bottom bothered me at first but now I don’t mind it so I will now claim I meant to do that. 🙂

Total cost for this project? $152! It might sound like a lot to you but it is so much cheaper than the $500-700 I kept seeing when shopping for a mirror this size. The time was the biggest factor in this project but well worth it for the end result! SO happy to finally see what my whole outfit looks like before I walk out the door.

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Bedroom mirror update

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I am slowly but surely making progress on the oversize floor mirror for our bedroom. I’m finally in the end stage – silver leafing the wood frames. It is a pain in the patoot! I ran out of silver leaf sheets so I need to get more to finish one side and then I will be able to clean up the messy areas to show you the result!

Follow me on Instagram (llcsteen) to get some serious play-by-play on this project!

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Our front entryway is a fun one for me to change-up. I use the same basics – the table I DIY’d, mirror, lamp and lanterns – but like to switch up the other accessories. I still have some tweaks and adjustments I want to make to this area but the walls are freshly painted and so are the crown molding and baseboards so its a start!

Pretty much the same as last time just a little different, right? I filled the lanterns on the floor with the string moss/grass you can get at Hobby Lobby and put candles in the middle of them. Now that I look at this, the candles are crooked. Whoops!

The orchid is from Whole Foods, one of my new favorite OKC places. Our Whole Foods is pretty new and is a really great source for inexpensive flowers. The moss-wrapped letter hanging on the mirror is still the same from last year. I’m so happy it still looks good!

I love this tray I got from Target. It was pretty cheap and isn’t fancy at all but I thought the colors were perfectly bright for the summer! I’ve had the decorating books for a while and they are capped off with a John Derian plate and delicious smelling candle. Now that the wall is down, this one candle smells up our entire living area. So much easier than having one candle in each room!

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So in the middle of thinking about our dining room, hallways and everything there is to paint in this house, I’m also thinking about the other million little projects I want to do. This includes a floor mirror in our bedroom that I’ve been thinking about since January of 2011. I think I’m going crazy, y’all. Seriously crazy!

This floor mirror from West Elm, specifically the white one on of the right, is sticking with me. It pops up in my mind every other day, just taunting and tormenting me with its pretty simplicity. We need a floor mirror in our house (really just in our bedroom so I can walk out the door feeling like I’m looking okay from head to toe) like whoa and this one would be so great and so easy to DIY! It retails for just under $399 and I do not want to pay anywhere near that amount.

My goal is to focus on the paint, finish that project and then move on to this…ASAP…lets see how much this motivates me to finish one project before moving on to the next. I’m sure my husband will accept bets for the under/over on this one!

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