Starburst mirrors are so chic in metallics, and I'm really loving gold accents lately. I wanted to create something for our bedroom that replaced an old art piece that wasn't really working and that also added more light to a dark corner in that space.
I kind of held my breath while I was working on this because I honestly wasn't sure if it was going to look really handmade or not. I was thrilled with the end result once I had it hung. It's just become of of my favorite finished projects!
hook for back of mirror
hammer for attaching hook to wood
12" diameter circular cut of wood (found at Lowe's)
Gorilla Glue, hot glue gun, and glue (not shown)
14" circular mirror (found at Michael's)
2 clamps or heavy books
1 pack of contractor shims
painter's tape and paper to cover the mirror when you spray
primer and spray paint in your choice (I used a standard primer, and I recommend Valspar's Metallic paint for a great top coat)
cardboard to keep your workspace safe
01. First, hammer your hook to the back of your wood about 1 inch below the edge. Then generously spread Gorilla Glue around the opposite side of your wood and center it on the back of your mirror. You should have about a 1-inch overhang from your mirror.
02. Split your shims. I just stepped down on the small part so that the outer edge of my foot was centered on the shim and pulled up. The shims usually split in the same natural spot giving me one shorter and one longer piece. Some pieces were a clean snap, and others were a bit splintered. Trim the splinters down with scissors or by scraping them on the ground. Sort into two piles—one short and one long. If you get medium-sized pieces, make a pile for them. This will help when you're gluing them on.
03. Start gluing the shims down to the back of the mirror with the splintered pieces facing in, so they won't show. I suggest gluing down your shorter pieces first, spaced evenly around the mirror, and then adding longer sizes on top of them. This will look best when you have it hanging. Fill in the gaps so that there are 2 to 3 pieces layered as shown above.
04. Your back side will look like this when you're finished. It's kind of messy but no one will see it. Make sure your shims don't reach higher than three layers or they'll make the mirror hang lopsided, as it won't sit flush with the wood backing. You can extend shorter pieces out as long as there isn't a hole where the splintered end will show through from the front.
05. If you'd like more of a beach vibe, paint about 1/4 or 1/3 of the shims white or some other color before you glue them down and spread them out.
06. Tape some paper down on top of your mirror and carefully cover the edges with painter's tape. Don't cover your shims or they'll have bare spots when you spray paint. Go for an all-white vibe with primer and a layer of white for a crisp look. Or add a metallic paint for something warmer. I love the way the Valspar metallic turned out: super pigmented and shiny. Remove your tape after it's completely dried and hang carefully.
Note: Use caution when flipping or hanging your mirror as the shims may be easily knocked off if not secured well.
My mirror ended up being about 26 inches in diameter, which makes it large enough to hang on a wall by itself without looking like it's floating. This would look lovely over a mantle or above an end table in your living room. Try it without splitting your shims to get an even larger finished piece. It's another inexpensive way to brighten your home on a budget!