I LOVE these black venetian style mirrors. They’re bold, architectural, and make quite a statement. Their price tags also make quite the statement as well. I’ve seen them for no less than $350 retail. During a visit to the L.A. Mart, I saw them in showrooms ranging from $300-$600+ WHOLESALE!
They are beautiful and I really wanted one.
If you’ve been following me, you know that I recently moved. Well, on my shopping list was a mirror for my front entry and I really wanted one of these mirrors for that spot, but what’s a girl to do if she doesn’t have the budget or chooses not to spend over $300 on such an accessory?
Well, I’m excited to share my latest DIY project with you. Don’t worry, I promise this is the easiest DIY project ever!
I had noticed a very cool mirror (or that’s what I thought it was) on the cover of the 2010 IKEA catalog. I have combed through the catalog hundreds of times and could not find it. I’ve searched for it online to no avail. So, on a recent visit to the store, I was determined to find it. To my surprise, it wasn’t a mirror at all. It was a picture frame. No wonder I couldn’t find it right? Wrong. I’ve checked the catalog again and it’s still not in there!
In any case, I grabbed the frame. It was only $24.99!! I was hoping to get a mirror that fit into the frame in their mirror section, but no such luck. I don’t know why they don’t have one pre-made to fit into it…it would sell like hotcakes is my guess.
So, I brought the frame to my local glass shop and had them cut a custom piece of mirror for me and VOILA, I have my high end venetian style mirror on a low end budget. It gets better… It’s super light weight and since it’s made out of a plastic resin, you can easily spray paint it any color you’d like to match your decor (perfect for home staging!)
Let’s take a look:
Cost of Ung Drill Frame at IKEA – $29.99
Cost of custom cut mirror at local glass shop – $30.00
So for about $60, I got myself a fancy mirror without the fancy price tag – WOO HOO!
Savings on purchasing high end venetian style mirror – $300+
Admiring my resourcefulness every day and having friends think I spent big bucks on a cool mirror – PRICELESS!
I hope this inspires you to go out and grab your own $60 gem. Enjoy…I am!