I had a great time participating in an online “Flea Market Swap” with these lovely ladies, and today is the day we’re all revealing our projects.
The gist was this: we each got one blogger’s name and one medium (metal, wood, glass, etc.) and we had to send something found, bought, or thrifted for around $15 to our person. Once we received our goodies, we had to transform them into something…else.
Now on to my Swap Meet project!
I decided pretty quickly I was going to cut the bathmat apart and make a mirror with a tiled frame, but had a few stops and starts along the way. The method I finally used required these supplies:
- Bamboo bathmat from Target
- Mirror with a flat frame (I bought mine at Home Goods)
- Hot glue gun and hot glue
- Liquid gold leaf
The bathmat was held together with clear hanging wire so I just snipped it apart to get a big pile of wood tiles.
I used liquid gold leaf to gild any metal parts of the mirror that would be showing after I applied the wood tiles – in this case the metal caps holding the rope and the outside edge of the frame.
Then I started hot gluing the tiles along the inside edge of the mirror and later along the actual frame.
I used a miter saw to trim any tiles I needed for the edges – which was a little scary, holding such small pieces so close to the saw blade! But no injuries were suffered :)
Once I was finished, I randomly painted liquid gold leaf on some of the tiles, which makes the whole thing almost reminiscent of a capiz shell frame.
When I was gluing the tiles, I layered them a bit so there were several different row heights, and staggered the edges for visual interest.
I’m putting together a collection for a small gallery wall on the blank wall you see here in my bedroom and think the mirror is a great new addition to the grouping.
It’s my favorite combination, and probably how you could define my whole-house style – gilded rustic. I’m always drawn to items and styles that combine shine and metallics with natural wood tones. I think they temper each other perfectly, and keep my house looking balanced instead of like a mountain lodge or Liberace’s boudoir.
Now be sure to stop by Windgate Lane and see what Bee did with the tray I sent her!
Here’s the full lineup, and remember to follow along on social media with #swapitlikeitshot.
LET’S STAY IN TOUCH!