Remember when I built up and painted the wall over the fireplace & mantle? Well, I’m happy to say that it is now completely complete. And by that I mean when I sit across the room staring at the fireplace wall, I no longer frown and wonder what the heck else needs to be done for it to be perfect.
See? It’s great right? I know.
That large, wicker circle thingy in the center came from GoodWill ($1.99). When I saw it, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it but I didn’t know what it had been in its previous life. I spent hours googling ‘large wood charger’, ‘huge wicker circle’, ‘stupid round bamboo job’ until the kid set me straight. He took a 3-second glance in my direction and informed me that it was the lid to a laundry basket (duh!) and sure enough, Google concurred.
So if you have one of these already (the basket lid, not the snarky teenage son) you can save yourself $2 bucks and a trip to the thrift.
The center circle was held in with a few wicker sticks that were easily removed before shooting it up with white spray paint. The plan was to doctor it up to resemble the crazy expensive pieces found at high-end home interior stores. I already had a round mirror to mount from behind.
Now, before you break out the glue let me warn you – E600 isn’t going to work on a project like this. So, you have to be creative and resort to the stack of “Do not discard under any circumstance” crap you’ve got hiding in your closet, in the garage or in the basement. Upon searching my pile I found an (empty, thank goodness) old Christmas popcorn tin.
And wouldn’t you know, that 10″ mirror (HobLob $3.99 – don’t forget your 40% off coupon) fit perfectly on top of it. (Here’s where you can use the glue.)
Using a 3/4″ drill bit, I drilled tiny holes into the lip of the tin lid and threaded fishing line through then wove the line in and out over the wicker to secure the two pieces together. It wasn’t pretty but it’s clear so who cares? Exactly.
Bonus: The lip stuck out from the finished piece just enough to rest on a 3M Command Hook. Score! Now, the mantle looks every bit as posh as the ones you see on designer blogs and in magazines but I have plenty of cash left over for a latte. Which I am definitely going to need if my corner office shelves are ever going to be finished.
Seriously, this DIY stuff is never-ending.