TRENDING DIY INSPIRATION – STARBURST MIRRORS
Since 2010 starburst mirrors have exploded (sorry for the pun) all over Pinterest. Early on, most of them were upcycling yard sticks or rulers found at yard sales or flea markets. This is the one that inspired me as I was looking for something large enough to take up space on each side wall of our sitting room entrance. Better yet, with a window nearby, a mirror would reflect more light into the room. As a morning person, I was wanting as much sunlight as possible in our master bedroom.
DIY BY STYLE TWIST FOR MASTER BEDROOM MIRROR
Our home is a Prairie/Craftsman/Mission style of house. Rulers and yard sticks were a little too farmhouse to use for the master bedroom. So, I opted for construction shims that I could paint to introduce the other colors in my whole house color scheme. As well, I like switching out bedding for warm vs cold seasons and needed the colors in the mirror to have variety. Using a mix of blue, green, and yellow gives me lots of options when changing the intermediate and accent colors (60:30:10) throughout the seasons. To top it off, I aged the wood shims using steel wool in vinegar to soften the color mix.
BEYOND RUSTIC FOR STARBURST MIRRORS
Given the aging, there is still a bit of rustic feel with this mirror. Conversly, I stained shorter shims for much smaller mirrors in Hubby’s office. This is a good option if you need to add some warmth to a space.
Alternatively, I’ve been working on this mirror for a little girl’s room. Changing out the colors to solid cream, grey, and pale pink provides an instant style change. Further, adding shiny metallic buttons as embellishments increases the femininity. Finally, the acrylic beading around the mirror edge gives it a more finished look.
Other than rustic wood, the other starburst mirrors out there now are reminiscent of the original with gold or silver rods. While metals are often associated with industrial style, these are a little too shiny and new. Copper has the feel of a ‘working’ metal. Hence, for this mirror I used dowel rods painted in black to help the copper wire pop. As well, why limit yourself to circular mirrors?
Want an even cheaper solution to alternative starburst mirrors? No worries – check out the Style Library for 2 more ideas using dollar store items as a base!
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