A few weeks ago I mentioned that I wanted to make a starburst mirror for above the changing table. (here) Well, I finally decided on what type of starburst mirror I wanted and found some free time to make it with help from Michael Luke.
I really liked the idea of using clothespins since it hangs above a changing table. I wanted them to pop though, so we (Michael Luke) painted them hot pink. Did I shock anybody by actually choosing pink? I’m not completely against it… this is just a minimal amount used and in a very saturated tone of pink. Plus, it really pops on the dark wall with the blue letters above it. I think it was the right color choice.
The starburst mirror was easy to make and only required a few supplies:
round mirror (mine is a 12″)
FYI: Clothespins are not carried at the craft stores or in the craft department at Wal-Mart. However, they can be found in the laundry section of Wal-Mart. While this seems like an obvious place to look, let’s just say it wasn’t the first place I checked.
The first step is to paint the clothespins. Michael Luke did the painting for me, since when we started this project I was still pregnant. I wish I had taken a picture of this step. He used an old (large) cardboard box and clipped the clothespins onto it. By doing this he was able to paint the clothespins on all sides. He ended up having to flip all of the clothespins over, resting them upside down along the edges of the box, to apply one final coat to the noses of the pins. That way, no wood would show up in the mirror. It took 2-3 light coats of spray paint… so buy a full size can. (We didn’t.)
Next, I positioned all the clothespins on the mirror before gluing to make sure the spacing would be even.
Don’t you just love my hands in the mirror? It was the only way I could take it straight on.
Next, I removed the clothespins one at a time, applied some hot glue to the inside of the clothespin and then reattached it to the mirror. I did learn it was best to apply the glue to the side of the clothespin that grips the back of the mirror. This way it won’t matter if any seeps out from underneath.
After all the clothespins were glued, I flipped it over and attached a wall hanger to two clothespins. It’s really light in weight, so it doesn’t matter that it isn’t attached to the mirror itself. I just hot glued it on.
So in just a few short steps (the painting wasn’t really that short), I had a starburst mirror for above the changing table.
So I’m really happy to finally have this finished. The blue monogramed letters ended up looking great above the mirror. We tried to mimic the curves of the mirror with the placement of the letters.
I am also loving the dresser as a changing table. (more about it here) I keep her diapers and clothes in the drawers. It makes everything within easy reach for when I have her on the changing pad. We would like to find some type of basket to store everything in on top of the dresser, but we haven’t found “the one” yet.
The nursery/office is almost complete. I can’t believe it! Soon I will share before and after photos, so you can see the complete transformation this room has undergone.
FYI: There is a hint in the pictures of what the next blog post will be about. Did anyone catch it?