Thursday, April 5, 2012

DIY Ceiling Medallion Mirrors

I'm baa-aack! April is still going to be a busy month, as we're planning a two-week vacation in May, but I still hope to get a few projects done around here. Let's start with this one...

My mission lately has been to incorporate more color into our mostly-neutral home decor. The first baby step I took a couple of months ago was purchasing new throw pillows for our couch. I was really drawn to the variety of colors in this print. Don't you love it?

pillows from World Market

With a new color palette that I could now draw inspiration from, I decided some coordinating wall decor was in order. While walking through the lighting section in Menard's last week, I saw some ceiling medallions that reminded me of a project I'd seen in this book:

Motivated by this exciting new idea, I picked up three medallions (one 16", two 10") and headed to the spray paint aisle. I was in luck, because my favorite Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch spray paint was on sale for $2.99 (actually $1.99 each if you count the mail-in rebate offer)! I managed to find three colors that were a close match to those in my pillows.

Eden, Cinnamon, and Aubergine

Back at home, it took roughly 3 coats of each color to make sure I hadn't missed any of those tiny grooves. The result? Three bold & beautiful medallions!

How I love thee, spray paint!

Although it would have looked fine to hang them on the wall just like this, I wanted to take my project one step further. Those empty centers were just begging for some mirror action, so I found three 5" beveled-edge mirrors at Hobby Lobby and proceeded to glue them onto the front (using Glass Bond adhesive for slick surfaces). Finally, I still had to figure out a way to hang them. I already had some picture frame hangers on hand, so I just glued these onto the backside since the mirrors were pretty lightweight. The hardest part was waiting overnight for the glue to set to full strength.

Not too pretty, but who will ever see it?

I decided to hang my medallion mirrors on the wall in our entryway, replacing this ho-hum picture frame:

This space also flows into our living room, so you can see the pillows with coordinating colors when you walk in.

I'm diggin' the way this project turned out -- it was really easy and a relatively economical way to make unique wall decor. These would also look good if you had a variety of sizes in a staggered/random arrangement on the wall, but I could only find two sizes of this style, so I decided to line them up vertically.

(New pic taken after we painted all our walls gray!)

Now I just need to figure out what to put on that empty console table (something that won't compete with my new wall decor). I'd love to know what you think of this project! Were the mirrors a good addition?

Medallions: $20.69
Spray paint: $8.97
Mirrors: $8.97
Total: $38.63

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