*Update 10/3/2018* 8 years later, this is still one of my most popular posts! These nightstands now reside in our vacation home in Maine and have gone through 6 moves and going strong. They may need a fresh coat of paint in the near future, but the mirrors are still intact! Maybe I need to do another mirrored project soon!
So mirrored furniture is really hot right now and has been for a little bit… and I, of course, have been salivating over these pieces and wanting them for my house and more specifically for nightstands. But starting at $400 (and really more realistically $600) a piece, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. So I decided to make my own. I am extremely happy with the finished product:
Just wait until you hear how much I spent (or saved depending on how you look at it)! My husband didn’t believe me.
But first, I will show you how I did it. I started out with these nightstands. To be honest with you, I thought they looked good to begin with. I apologize because I am horrible at taking good “before” pictures because I always get too excited to start the project. So here’s what they looked like with a little spackling to fill in some larger dents. I paid $10 each at Deseret Industries (a local thrift store). They are sturdy and solid wood.
I painted them out in a sea glass blue.
I had some leftover brown paint from my master bedroom wall, that I tried to thin out and use as a glaze… it was all wrong! Too orange for the blue and so I had to repaint. So much for trying to save a few bucks by not buying glaze.
Here they are re-glazed in a proper color.
Absolutely no orange. It was worth spending $14 for it and there is a lot left over that I can use on other projects.
So then I measured all the spaces where I wanted to put the mirrors and then called up my local glass/mirror store (Jones Paint and Glass) and had them custom cut 1/8″ mirror for me. I was really surprised at how cheap it was!
I then just used liquid nails (because I already had it) to adhere the mirrors to the nightstand. You probably should use a mirror adhesive (10/3/18 Update- Liquid Nail has held up fine with no issues at all). I don’t know if this is better or not. Then I taped them in place. I let it dry overnight even though I am really impatient. I didn’t want to mess things up!
I applied mirror even on the sides. I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. They look even better in person.
Okay… so my husband kept asking me over and over to tell him how much I spent because he didn’t believe me.
Here’s the breakdown:
$20 for 2 nightstands
$13 for 1 quart of blue paint (a little over half remaining)
$14 glaze (lots of leftovers)
$35 custom cut mirrors for 2 nightstands
$0 liquid nails
$82 for 2 mirrored nightstands!!
Or $41 each… which is basically 10% of what I could have spent! But I love these because I put my own thumbprint on it. So go out and make your own mirrored furniture. I did it and so can you!!
“Making the house you have, the home you want!”