January 31, 2011

Guest Post - Mandi of Tidbits from the Tremaynes

So I mentioned that I'm participating in Crafting With the Stars, where I am partnered up with Mandi of Tidbits from the Tremaynes.  She has brilliant ideas and amazing abilities.  She tries to stay under the radar and isn't self-promoting, but I've been following her blog for a long, long time.  She is also hilarious and can quote movies like no one you know. 

I asked her if she'd be willing to share her tutorial for her most recent project from Crafting With the Stars.  She kindly agreed.  As I mentioned before, when she showed me her project I wanted to sneak into her home and steal it.  It's gorgeous.  Alright, enough talk.  Here she is.  Welcome Mandi!

So, let's chat about this craptacular little project o' mine, shall we? A tutorial, if you will?
Get yourself some mirrors from yer dollar store.

Clear them out. Let the register ladies stare at you strangely and then ask you if you're having a huge drug party or something.

Then say, "Yeah." In a monotone. And then stumble towards your car. Because, you know, they look really bored.

Now, you need some wood. Something thick; something that will not bow, 'cause you know, there's mirrors on there and everything, and bowing just won't do. I used a 1/2 inch cheap piece of plywood.

Now, I am showing you the poplar 1/2 in. trim I purchased. If I were doing it over again, I'd buy something fancier, 'cause why the heck not?

Lay out your mirrors and your trim in your rows the way you want them, exactly. I mean, like, tight. That way you can mark the wood and know where to cut your backing piece.

Everyone with me?

Umkay. So you've cut your backing piece to the exact size you need it. What's next? Frame in the mirror with some of your 1/2 in. trim. This means cutting all the corners on 45°'s.

Have I mentioned how bad I hate making frames? Oh. That many times, huh? I always seem to get my frames just not quite perfect.

Note: it is mandatory to slop the wood glue around.

This is really as easy as it looks. Set your mirrors in, and remember: tight against your trim. Each piece of trim you cut, make sure to set mirrors in as you go to ensure that they are straight up and down, and tight. Just like the button on my pants after Christmas. Wood glue your trim down, and move on to the next row.
You know what's the only pain about this little project?

While one row of trim is going to be the long, end to end pieces, the other direction is going to be tons of teensy weensy pieces to cut. I recommend having one piece as your measuring stick for all the other pieces you're going to cut. And ya know? It's not that big a deal when you're in the zone with the saw, right?
Now, stop right there!

*What I Learned the Hard Way!!:

-Just go ahead and paint all your wood beforehand. Save yourself the hassle.

-If, if you really do have your backing piece the perfect size, and if you have your trim in tight against every piece of mirror, you will not, I repeat WILL NOT need liquid nails or any other glue of any kind for your mirrors. Your trim truly will be like a frame holding your mirrors perfectly in place.

Take my word for it--since I attempted to slide the mirrors out to paint it, and they wouldn't budge. And then I turned it over and shook it and nothing moved. I had a blanket underneath to catch them, I swear.
And you are done, baby! Honestly this is a couple hour project.

And you can keep the $699 you would have spent at Pottery Barn for the same dealy-o.

Plus, you got to visit the dollar store, so, score.
Thanks Mandi!  See?  What did I you?  She rocks.  In fact, you can go vote for Round 2 of Crafting With the Stars right now.  I can't tell you which project is hers, but I'm pretty sure you'll vote for it anyway.  The theme is decoupage/modge podge and you can vote for 3 projects.  Click HERE to head over.  But first, feel free to leave Mandi some comment love.
Thanks for dropping in!


  1. I would have never thought of that. Love it!

  2. This is so simple and awesome! I will be doing this!! :)

  3. I am an avid Mandi reader and so glad to see you guys have joined crafty forces!

    Love the mirror and when I get better I think I am going to tackle that project!

  4. That is simply stunning!

  5. I seriously love that mirror. It's so pretty!

  6. Oh I love this, how come you have to make such great things... I love it!

  7. Mandi is craptacular!!! I'm loving that you two are working together. It's like a Nerdy dream come true! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

    If you get sick of that mirror-- I'll take it off your hands.

  8. Thanks for featuring me, Cheri! You rock! As the other Mandi would say: Love your guts!

  9. Wow, I love this! Looks just like the Pottery Barn version! Well done :)

  10. That is gorgeous! Two hours eh? Wonder where to carve that out of?!

  11. I love, love, love it! I am a huge fan of knock of Pottery Barn stuff! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Mandi you kick ass! I don't saw and avoid wood projects entirely, but now I'm honestly 78% more inclined to try!

  13. I love this! I really want to make this and have the PERFECT spot for it. It was fun meeting you both the other night!

  14. WOW... the mirror turned out fantastic - Looks every bit the $699 pricetag only better cause it didn't cost anything near it! We don't have pottery barn here in OZ :( but I am definitely going to keep my eye out for some mirrors like this... I just love it - and your as always amazing craftiness!
    The Spangler @
    The Quick Unpick

  15. Love your blog! Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. I've been coveting that PB mirror for a while - this is pretty great!

  17. Super Fantastic! Enough said.

  18. Super Fantastic! Enough said.

  19. awesome! fab job!!! but i think you meant "Scraptacular"....LOL

  20. It's beautiful. And I love how you write. Reading this made me laugh AND want to be crafty. WIN!

  21. I LOVE that mirror!! I have been wanting a big mirror but do NOT want to spend 100's of dollars on one. Dollar store here I come :) Thanks for the tutorial!!

  22. Jord and I went to 3 dollar stores and found 18 mirrors. I want 12 more to make it rectangular. Then I'm thinking a white distressed paint job. Hopefully I can get my hands on 12 more, then Jord can get to work! I convinced him to make it so I don't have to. Haha

    Bayd looks super cute in that Ed Hardy t.

  23. I just went and bought the little mirrors at the dollar store today. No one thought I was on drugs so it must just be you. Just kidding! Anyhow is there any way you could too me the dimenstions of the ply wood? I like to get it cut at the store then I can cute th emolding pieces myself. I just don't want to make 2 trips. Please enable my laziness!


  24. That is a beautiful and brilliant idea!! Thanks for sharing! Now if I could only get my hands on a saw.....

  25. That is SO pretty, I love this mirror! I'm going to stop by my Dollar Store tonight and see what they have. I'll be linking as well.

  26. Love this - you did such a great job . It looks exactly like the one from Pottery Barn.

    I found you thru Rachel at One Pretty Thing
    My best- Diane


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