My own IKEA hacked mirror

Planning stage
Planning a shabby chic project on my desk.

I painted a mirror frame white. It is a big wood frame with a small mirror in the middle bought at IKEA; I’ve had it for a few years (I don’t know if they still keep it?) unpacked and unfinished. After painting it I started planning on what to embellish it with…


Glass marblesButtons

I decided to use only white items, buttons and paper lace, plus the transparent glass marbles (also bought at IKEA).

Gluing girl.

For finishing the project I decided against covering the whole frame with buttons and just do the top part and let them thin out in the middle. Originally I planned to cover the whole thing and not even let the painted surface be visible, but I thought it would look too much, so instead I put in some space and placed the buttons and glass marbles a bit sparsely .

I like it this way, there is just enough decorations on there I think. Quite shabby chic and apparently it belongs to a crafty girl that likes her whites!

I have another mirror just like this one, and for that I’m going for crazy colors and forms! But there is no space or time for that project right now, so you’ll just have to hold your breath until then.

Want to see how the finished piece turned out? Yeah? Go ahead – and then tell me what you think!

Finished project
The finished mirror, voila!

26 Responses

  1. Hanna, sooo lovely!

    Did you know that I have your crow painting and I moved with it, to an island?? Of allll the things I had to bring, and I chose you painting to go first, and this trip I have your mom’s potholders!

    So talented.

  2. how fun!! I love that the embellishments filter down instead of up. Can’t wait to see the next one.

  3. This is soooo lovely! I love the transparent pieces and the square shapes. And the little angel… perfect! Absolutely beautiful.

  4. ?h s? fin! Personlig, handgjord och h?rligt plottrig, men ?nd? stilren med det bleka och det vita. Bra jobbat, Hanna!

  5. Very nice, however I must admit I’d have totally covered it with bits and pieces ! It’s my failing you see, I always go with the more is best approach, even though I know understated usually comes out best ! – Julia x

  6. This is so lovely! I adore the way all the buttons and marbles trickle down to nothing at the bottom. And that small bit of lace below the mirror . . . perfect.

  7. Love it! Just the right amount of stuff on it. I also really like the picture of you crafting with Smila beside you. Cute. Thanks for the comment on my blog…still haven’t done any journaling, but definitely feeling inspired and encouraged.
    Have a good week,

  8. Very nice! I love that you didn’t cover the whole thing. I probably would’ve been tempted to completely cover it. Can’t wait to see the other one!

  9. What a gorgeous mirror,
    I really like white~on~white colourways!
    The photo of you and Smilla is beautiful too ~ you look so cozy…and thanks so much for visiting my blog. Your comment was a lovely surprise. =]

  10. I did not know that you had written a book and of course I must buy a copy! Not enough to just visit the blog, lol! H?r det s? bra!

  11. I like your mirror very much. So much that I decided to make one too, but with (dark)blue buttons.
    I wanted to look like Delft blue (dutch tiles). I’m almost finished, just have to glue the buttons on the mirror. Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. hey
    thats such a nice decor piece!! i am also planning to do something similiar. what glue did you use for sticking those glass gems to the wood? was the glue transparent?

  13. Thanks for all your lovely comments girls!

    Ildi, thanks for sending me images of your finished project! Loved seeing them and so glad that I inspired you to action and make your own mirror!

    Vals, thanks for your feedback! I think I used Elmer’s Glue that works on wood, glass etc. It’s a white glue from the US (thank you Lia!) but it dries transparent! Good luck! Let me know how it goes! :-)

  14. Hi there, I just dropped by to say how much I love the way you have created your blog, easy to follow and read, with heaps of interest:-)
    I just adore your mirror….it has given me an idea for some garden mirrors I am going to mosaic…just love the way you have scattered the buttons to dwindle out, and leave space and air at the bottom….very peaceful….sometimes simplicity is better than overcrowding…thanks for the fresh look at things :-)

    I have photos up at webshots and picturetrail, but the embed code looks huge LOL

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