The Security Sunburst

Sorry this post is a bit late! I lost power for a good part of the day, so I am a little behind.

SO as promised, a convex traffic/ security mirror makeover.  
I have always loved convex mirrors for their bubble- fish bowl effect.
You know those security/traffic mirrors you see on the road so people can see oncoming traffic from around a corner or a blind driveway?  Or in your local convenient store to watch shop lifters?

Well I happen to think they can also make for a kick ass hack for your home.
(And you can watch your kids from anywhere in the room...)




This project all started with a big discarded convex mirror I found while picking pieces to redo at the Furniture Bank.  I thought the mirror would make for a good sunburst mirror project- I just wasn't sure what I would use this time for the "burst".  

Cheryle came to the rescue and brought back a woven curtain panel (the ANNO STRA) from her latest IKEA haul. Its only $9.99 for the 24"x108" woven straw-like panel....
I decided that I would try to cut and layer it. 
I started by pulling a few (3-4) rows of the strings out that bound it on each side...


I then cut it longways down the center of the panel,
 making one strip wider, the other smaller. One strip was 6 sections, the other 7
 (by sections I mean the segments above between the white string).
I did a test of two pieces to see how it took spray paint.

It did great (with Rustoleum Bright Gold):

I stacked and folded the two pieces together and plated around with a layered look until I was happy....



I then proceed to spray both strips with gold on both sides
(they were cut in half in this picture so that they would fit on one drop cloth):


Once dry I brought them inside and broke out a glue gun and scissors...

I cut the strips into 3-4" wide pieces:

I first glued the shorter (6 segment) pieces along the mirror's edge, being sure to leave one segment frayed and the edge bent up...

Once I had a few of those pieces attached around the perimeter, I took the longer "straw" sections and folded  them 'almost' in half making sure the finished length was a little smaller than the shorter sections. 

I put a few drops of glue in the center of the longer piece....

folded, and made the fold 'permanent'...


I added some glue to the pieces that were attached to the mirror and then placed these new folded shorter pieces to them...

This created a fuller, layered sunburst, 
and the little bit of fringe from the first piece attached hid the second piece's seam...



I continued this all the way around...

Until I had a big, gold grassy sunburst.

Kind of hula beach chic...

Coming to your local 7-Eleven soon.



FYI- You can find convex mirrors here.
If you don't have a convex mirror, just use any round flat mirror!


14 comments:

Rachael said...

I love it! That is such a funny idea to use a convex mirror to watch your kids :) Hilarious! You are way too creative!

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Lily said...

What a fun idea !!

xxLily
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Barb said...

pulllleeeezzzzeee will you show your kitchen before and afters??

Kathleen said...

I didn't understand the mirror's scale until I saw you holding it. Wow! What a big, beautiful, gold mirror! Nice job!

StagerLinda said...

What a cool idea! I really like the first inside short layer of 'ruffles'. Very cute and functional.

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

love this mirror! very clever!

Ashley said...

So, so clever, Danika! Who but you would have thought to pair these items together for a great mirror?

lemondropdreams said...

Genius! I absolutely love it!

Katherine Martin said...

WOW! That's great - very creative!

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LindsB said...

So, so hot! I love how this came out!!

Brooke said...

I love how this looks!! And how flipping clever are you to use that woven panel- I would never in a million years have thought to do that!

Sadie + Stella said...

Ok. This is soooo hot and so are you. I am so going to try this! Your brain is crazy brilliant.

Hooper Patterson and Ann White Schutte said...

Love it all! Especially the mirror and the agate table. Thanks for the tutorial too, I was wondering how you did it! Great job!
Hooper
www.birdsofafeatherdesign.com

Mehul said...

Lovely mirror. Coolest one I have ever seen. xo
~ Mehul
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