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DIY: Mosaic Tile Bathroom Mirror

Monday, April 15th, 2013

I spent the weekend working on the bathroom up in the studio (that little space above our garage) sprucing up the narrow bathroom. There was an old fashioned mirror hanging in there and I wasn’t crazy about it anymore, so I changed the mirror and repainted the walls.

I didn’t want to spend a ton of money and I remembered I had some leftover mosaic tile from our master shower project. That box of mosaic tile was collecting dust bunnies and daddy long leg spiders on a shelf for four years so I decided to use a few of the leftover sheets of it to create a mosaic tile framed mirror on the bathroom wall above the vanity.

diy mosaic tile bathroom mirror

 

Years later, I still love this mosaic tile blend for its sand and sea palette and iridescent sparkle when it catches the sun in the daylight.

irridescent mosaic tile border

I combined a few sheets of this leftover mosaic tile and an inexpensive piece of cut mirror that I purchased at Lowes. It adds some decorative tile to a space that was lacking before. Creating your own DIY version of a mosaic tile framed bathroom mirror isn’t complicated – here is the step by step:

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DIY Criss Cross Outdoor Planters

Monday, April 8th, 2013

I’ve been a DIYer for like ever but I have to say this is one of my favorite DIY projects to date. I mentioned last month how I was going to build some outdoor planters and last week, Matt and I built two outdoor planters for the courtyard to frame the French doors. When I first started this project I planned on a Chippendale style, but stopped at the basic criss-cross pattern – the simplicity appealed to me. We’ve built a lot of things together, but these are my new favorites!

diy criss cross planters

 

We referred to Ana’s cedar planter plans to get us started but varied the height and width of the cuts, and then added the X pattern detail at the end. We used a combination of pine and poplar from Lowes, here is the wood cut list for each planter and how we assembled them:

Wood Cut List Per Planter:

Sides:  1 x 6” boards cut at 21.5” length (12 pieces)

Legs: 2 x 2” boards cut at 24” length (4 pieces)

Top + Bottom Slats: 1 x 3” cut at 16.5” width (8 pieces)

Interior Supports: 1 x 2” cut at 16.5” width (2 pieces) and 1 x 8” at 16.5” width (2 pieces)

Criss Cross Pattern:  1 x 2” cut at 42 degree (4 pieces at 22.5” length) and 7 degree angles (8 pieces cut at 10.5”length (see diagram below))

Tool + Supply List:

Compound miter saw; Kreg Jig; measuring tape; safety eyewear; power screwdriver; brad nailer (or hammer and brad nails); wood screws, sander, respirator (for sanding and spray priming/painting); paint or stain, wood (see cut list).

 

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