Monday, June 7, 2010

Ikea Meets Dollar Tree And They Make A Mirror

Craft, art, DIY supplies are like the old Lays potato chips ad...you can't have just one...of anything. And when you go places like Ikea or The Dollar Tree and you see basic things you know you can make things from, you buy them in multiples because you know if you don't, you'll make one of something and you'll be so happy with it that you'll want to make another and you don't want to have to drive to the inconvenient Ikea to get stuff. Right? OK well that's my story and I'm sticking to it and I had some stuff in my stash that I decided to play with.

Ikea regularly stocks these 10x10 plain wood mirrors. They're $2.99. I covered the wood with some carpet tape I'd bought in a ridiculously large roll. It's called Polyken 108 and you don't need it for this project. I just have been trying to use this ridiculously large roll that I  had to have when I was at a stamp show. TWO ( or maybe even three) years ago. Anway....you could use any strong double sided tape or Mod Podge your paper onto the frame, but here's my taped up frame:
You can see the ridiculously large 2 (or 3) year old roll of tape in the pic. Then I cut some scrapbook paper for the "long sides".  Yes...I know it's a square and therefore 4 even sides but you'll see what I mean because oh well here:
See? There are long sides and then short sides in the middle which I cut some scraps of handmade silver paper to fit. Hard to see in the picture but the silver pieces are two different kinds of paper which I thought added something and they were from my scrap stash and that's what I had :)


So now let's go to the Dollar Tree where I'd picked up this frame for a $1, you know, being the Dollar Tree:

I painted it black and then glued it to the mirror. I then went over it with silver Rub-n-Buff and here's the end result:

Total cost : $3.99. Still have ginormous roll of carpet tape.

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20 comments:

NancyCreative said...

That's a beautiful mirror...very creative! Saw this on Anything Related Tuesdays.

Laurie {Simply Scratch} said...

Super Cool!

Unknown said...

What an adorable idea!

the cape on the corner said...

what a great and creative idea! i think i'm gonna snoop around on your blog a little!

thanks so much for stopping by the cape on the corner, and for "getting" the planter redo. looks much better spraypainted, right?

Katie P said...

SO CUTE! I love dollar store makeovers!!

Hattie said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one out there buying things because I "think" I'll have a plan for them one day! It looks like your stash paid off with a beautiful mirror!

Erin @ Crafts and Sutch said...

Thanks for stopping by Crafts & Sutch! :) I think a chalkboard board always looks so traditional and classic...makes me think of school, but for me, the dry erase was just easier to deal with. I also think a chalkboard menu and the kitchen go hand in hand. :)

I love this little beauty you created! I have those frames from the DT. I haven't done anything with them yet, but I love the addition of the mirror!

Have a super week!
Erin

Babes Mami said...

Super cute!

Anonymous said...

love ikea. love the dollar store!! thanks for sharing. i'd love to have you link up to my saturday soiree sometime :)

koralee said...

Just found your lovely blog...the name of it drew me in...anything with the word Chocolate in it has to be good..and I was right! Your blog is soooooo good. Hugs.

Ela@NewFamilyOnTheBlock.com said...

I love your blog. You have some fantastic ideas!

I would be really honored if you would join me at my first link party and giveaway that is up now:

http://lifeinmypjs.blogspot.com/2010/06/pajama-party-1-giveaway.html

~Ela

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

What great idea! Your blog is lovely, must be back and back and back..
Have a happy day! xx

Anji* said...

I like your style! (ideas and words!) It looks great, love the idea of layering frames!

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

This turned out marvelous! I am stopping in from Michele's blog. I am so glad she sent her readers this way today!

Ela@NewFamilyOnTheBlock.com said...

I am obsessed with these Ikea mirrors. I did a paint treatment with one and then went out and bought 4 more! Yours turned out great!

Thanks for linking up to my Pajama Party! Please join me next week again =)

~Ela

Unknown said...

I love it!
Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!
{Rebekah}

Anonymous said...

Hi! Wow this is such a fantastic idea. Question, how did you get the dollar tree to feature you on facebook? I have my own post I would love to have shared. THanks!

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

Thank you for contributing this to http://www.FineCraftGuild.com's DIY Tutorial Linky Party.

It's beautiful and well presented.

If you have a new & equally wonderful tutorial you wish to share with us this week, come on over. We just opened a new linky party for this week's greatest talented artisans out there! (and you are one of them ;-0)

Unknown said...

I LOVE these mirrors!! you have some really great ideas! =)I may have to borrow this idea -- if you don't mind of course =)

Dr Sonia S V said...

Fantastic job