Remember back in June of 2013 when we built a barn door for our guest room closet? It’s awesome. Not only did we save a lot of money, we saved space and created a unique statement piece in the room. Well, we’ve decided to update that look and turn the barn door into a mirror barn door and give our guest room some much needed light. The first step, finding a mirror big enough! Let’s get started!
Mirror Barn Door
Where did we find a mirror that big? Kijiji.
We hunted for about a month and found one at the right price, only $50.00. Score.
The first step, take down the old door.
Our shop supervisor is on duty!
The hangers are still in tip-top shape, so we’ll reuse them.
Measure the thickness of the mirror, so you know how wide to make your inset. We’re making this picture frame style.
Set the table saw to the correct hight and cut out your inset.
Measure twice, cut once, right?
Here you can see we laid it out, for size and to ensure that all of the cuts were correct.
Time to clean up some of the edges.
Then we checked each corner – looking good!
The dry fit. Here the mirror is actually too tall, yet we fit all the joints since we needed to know exactly where to cut (or break, rather) the mirror.
Also, the Boler is another winter project. Follow our Boler, Tipsy on Instagram and follow her restoration. Okay, back to the barn door.
This little glass cutter is from Home Depot – it’s rated for much thinner glass, yet we took a shot. Think it’ll work?
Lily isn’t too sure, so she gets up to supervise from a closer perspective.
Time to break!
It worked! Now to file the edge of the mirror, then set in place, seal the frame, then install the hangers and handle.
Oh, and hang the new barn door. Done!
Makes the new guest room look so bright and fresh, eh? We love it.
Thanks for visiting and happy Wednesday!
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Our other guest room – it’s all done, bright and ready for guests. Last week I shared our DIY headboard project with you and promised some updated photos of our guest room. Well, here they are! You can tell from the photos of the headboard project that the room was a dark grey. With the new mirror barn door (another post to come soon) and the white walls, the room is much brighter, more welcoming, and overall, mega awesome. Let’s check it out!
First the whole room. Notice the headboard?
Look at that large mirror! We took our old barn door and turned it into a huge mirror barn door. Makes the room look and feel huge.
Our happy spider plant making itself right at home.
Floating bedside tables.
The bed, up close and personal.
A guest room is never complete until it’s filled with photos of those you love. We have so many windows in our house that the guest rooms are some of the best spots for photos. The bonus part, those we love are shared with others who love to visit – it’s like a little win-win.
One of my favourite decor pieces. That auction was awesome.
I can’t get over how great that mirror is – so cool. Post to come soon on how we made it.
Thanks so much for visiting and if you’re ever in rural Northern Alberta, you can visit in real life, too!
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It’s project time – DIY headboard time, to be exact. You can see from the photo below that I’m a little behind in sharing this project since it’s not all green outside. Nope, we have snow no grass right now.
This project started this past summer. We knew we wanted a headboard in our second guest room, yet we didn’t really like the idea of paying $800 for one. In browsing a few sites I came across an article from Apartment Therapy – Best Upholstered Fabric Headboards. We fell in love with the one from West Elm. So, we decided to take a shot and make it ourselves. We did it, too; and for less than $80! Here’s our tutorial!
First, you’ll need to decide on your size – that’s all custom and up to you, depending on your bed frame and personal style. We went with a queen size and made each section 14 inches high.
- 2x4s – custom measurements
- 1 sheet of flake board
- wood screws
- metal joining plates (I think that’s what they’re called – Bryce is sleeping so I can’t ask)
- wood glue
- table saw
- staple gun
Get all your supplies and tools ready. This project took about 3 hours, not including the time for the glue to dry (maybe an added hour or two).
Decide on all of your measurements and mark all the wood, then cut.
Lay everything down on the floor to ensure it’s all the right size.
To help us, we actually used painter’s tape in the guest room to map out the headboard and then checked on it day-to-day to see if it was the right size. We did make modifications, so I suggest doing that first so you know you’re happy with the dimensions of your project.
Time to make the cleat. This headboard is heavy and we want to make sure it stays on the wall, hence the cleat.
Be sure the cleat fits inside of the frame.
Time to assemble the headboard.
Make a comb or use a scrap piece of wood and glue all of your 2x4s to the flake board. Use wood screws for added strength.
Let’s round the edges.
See the pencil line – that’s how we want to curve each section, making it look full and fluffy.
Use the table saw and cut on an angle and then use a belt sander to shape further.
Nice and round edges.
Time to wrap up.
Each section is wrapped individually. Double layer of batting and then one layer of fabric. We decided on our pleating for the corners first – this took about 15 minutes of trying different folds out. Whichever way you pick to fold, just be consistent.
Now time to join all 4 sections together. Do one at a time and use clamps to hold the sections in place.
We used these metal joiners with nails. They cause the headboard to be quite flexible when you’re lifting it, so be careful not to bend it, yet it provides flexibility along our no to perfectly straight wall (it’s only off by 1/8-1/4 of an inch).
All joined – and you can see one of Lily’s favour toys, Lara keeping an eye on us.
Install the cleat and then hang it up.
Done! Now you have yourself a fresh and new headboard. Stay tuned later this week for more photos of our guest room. I’ll show you some up close photos so you can see all the finishing details.
Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have fun working on your own projects. Happy Saturday.
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