This painting had been hanging in my parent's home since I could remember. They were finally getting rid of it, and although the art itself isn't exactly my taste, I saw great potential in the frame.
Mirrors have this magic ability of making rooms appear larger. I thought that a mirror measuring 24' x 36' would do a fine job at that. The only problem is that buying mirror pieces (and getting them set in a frame) can get very very pricey! All frame stores in my area wouldn't give me an estimate under $80. Nope. Not going there.
My (what I think to be more creative) solution was this!
my attempt at mixing antique with modern aesthetics
-24' x 36' recycled wooden frame
-24' x 36' piece of 1/8'-thick plywood
-96 3' x 3' mirrors
time: 4 hours (needed to give time for paint to dry)
necessary other materials: paint, paintbrush, sponge, drill, screws, liquid nails, glass cutter (optional)
Check out the process and finished product after the jump!
After painting the base red, I sponged it with gold to give it a more antiqued look.
The next step was to screw the plywood into the frame.
Making some holes for the screws...
The mirrors will be glued directly to the plywood.
I was a bit paranoid about the strength of the screws. Liquid nails saves the day!
Waiting for it to dry...
Liquid nails was painted onto each entire mirror-back to ensure its adhesion.
Putting the mirrors in place! The measurements ended up being a bit off,
but a simple glass cutter from the hardware store solved that issue!