I don't know why, but "nautical decor" has been on my mind ALL month! Maybe it's because I'm SO over winter, and yearning for something warmer? That might have something to do with it. A couple weekends ago, my husband and I took a drive to Cheyenne, Wyoming to hit some of my favorite stores (TJMaxx, Ross & Target) and while we were walking through Ross, I saw a set of 3 mirrors for $11 bucks! They were cute & round and reminded me of little portholes (See? Nautical....ugh...Spring I miss you!) Anyways, I had the idea of attaching rope to the top, making them look a little more decorative.
I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to do this project, the idea seemed simple enough: cut rope, hot glue rope to mirror, right? Wrong! Most of you know I am not a big "crafter." It's not that I don't like crafting, I just rarely have the patience to sit down and intricately glue, stitch, slice, glitter, etc. Normally, I want to attack my project, and be done with it. Yes, that is impatient and somewhat impulsive (it drives my husband nut-so) but we all can't be perfect right?? =) For all of you crafters out there...all that patience you must have...you're amazing!
After a couple trial & errors (this is how I usually learn), I found that the best way for the mirror to lie flush against the wall, would be to cut two slots in the frame so the rope could come out of the top. After removing the back of the mirror, I used my dremel to carve out a hole. Once the hole was big enough, I simply hot glued the rope to the back and reattached the mirror backing.
Aren't they cute! The first mirror took me around 30 minutes to figure out exactly how deep to carve the hole and glue everything in place, but after that, each mirror took me roughly 15 minutes. The entire project was done in about an hour and a half.... So, not bad....for me.
I did, however, try to make sure the ropes were even with one other, but they all ended up a tad different in length. And to be completely honest...I love that they are perfectly imperfect!
After seeing these little guys finished I had to hang them somewhere! So, I turned this corner of my living room into a nautical feel. Here are some pictures of that cute corner. =)
Side Note*** They still have the mirrors at Ross! They came in a black (mine), brown and dark burgundy. Even if you don't put rope on them, they are still pretty cute.
Thanks for reading and happy Thursday!
White slipcover chair: Ikea
Knitted throw: Marshalls
Pillow: H & M Home
Lamp: Garage sale find
Side table: Garage sale find
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