In this big ol’ head of mine I have SO many crafty ideas for things to make and do in 2016. I literally have a notebook with about 10 pages with 32 items apiece of ideas for projects I consider “active”. In fact, I’ve already been crafting for Christmas 2016 and it’s still January :)
Mostly on the agenda for this year are little, colorful things. Easy to do and inexpensive to make are key components to what’s going to be going down around here. This DIY wood shim starburst mirror is not the simplest thing you’ll ever make nor is it the least expensive, but it just might go down in this year’s projects as my favorite. That’s a huge thing to say when we’re still in January!
This project spans over several days. You glue bits together and wait. Glue bits together and wait. It might seem a bit tedious but I was just so excited to watch this thing develop that I didn’t really care about all of that. I was more excited about seeing the finished product that is helping to tie our crazy master bedroom together.
While this house is larger than my old house the living room is smaller. And so my sofa was too dang big for the living room and it was just nuts. So Rob and I went around trying to find something we liked in our budget. Around $800 or less. And we did. But after researching the company we wanted to buy from we realized that they had a lot of claims with the Better Business Bureau because they sell people furniture that they never deliver. Now how the heck is a company like that in business?
We decided to go the online route and seeing Wayfair ads like crazy it seemed a great place to go. We found a great sofa for right at $800 with free shipping and boy were we excited. At first we were going with beige but once we saw a pretty yet sedate looking yellow green we were all about it and placed our order. I actually tried to get the new sofa all set up to surprise Rob with when he got home and I got the old sofa stuck in the front door. Woops :) And when I peered into the box with the new sofa I could feel my spirits fall. It was the UGLIEST green I had ever seen. And firm wasn’t exactly the correct term for this thing. It felt like a wood bench hiding underneath ugly fabric. Rob sat down and made this crazy sound and I gave him a sideways look but when I followed suit and sat I made this weird sound, too. You just don’t expect that kind of smacking on your buttocks when you sit down on upholstery!
But we put it together and put it in the living room only to see that it had some major defects. It looked like burn marks on the fabric and they were right on the front and very visible. To be fair, Wayfair did a good job at helping us out offering a discount to make up for the damages. And when I informed them that they were going to give me a discount that made the a defective sofa still more expensive than if I bought a new one off of the site that very day (it had gone down in price $300 – yipes!) they did a price match and then the deduction which I was pretty happy with.
We tried so much to live with this sofa but we hated it. Hated. It. And when we went to IKEA in Houston we fell in love with so we brought it home. And then we had the oldest sofa and loveseat in the garage and the newer, uglier green one, also. What is someone to do with all of these sofas? My Momma had suggested we try it in the bedroom and so that’s what we did. It’s still ugly but now Ollie can sleep on his furry throw over there and give me and Rob more room to sleep at night. And the color has kind of grown on us. We figure if we are to really warm up to it we need to in corporate the color of it into other places of the room.
And, long story short, that green is used in this wood shim starburst mirror I made. It just so happens that it looks beautiful in our bedroom and the other day we just sat and admired how well our bedroom is coming along, even with that sofa that is so bad it wasn’t just hit with the ugly stick but bombarded with the whole tree, our little room is coming together. And it’s quite cozy.
See how to perfectly glue wood to wood to make your own fabulous wood shim mirror over at iLoveToCreate that will perfectly go with your decor, as well!