Pottery Barn Eagan Mirror
I know there is a plethora of tutorials out in blogland on how to make the Pottery Barn Eagan Mirror. Like here, here, here, and ummmm, here too! While all of these turned out amazing! I wanted (and needed) the EXACT same size that the REAL pottery barn mirror is. I needed a large statement to hang above my mantel that would cover up that atrocious hole in my wall. I simply was not going to settle for 8×8 mirrors. If I was going to make this mirror huge, I was going to find a way to make it with the same size mirrors Pottery Barn uses (which happen to be 8 x 10 beveled mirrors). I know some people were able to find them at hobby lobby, the dollar store, and michaels, but I checked all of these places, and none of them carried them anymore sad day
Well! Let me tell you it took me WEEKS to find a place that carried these. I think I went 16 pages deep into a google search to finally find a place that sold them out of New Mexico here. I will say, I had to pay a pretty penny to get these (*cough $165 including S&H cough*), but to me, it was worth it. If you would like to save even more money, and if the size of the mirror isn’t too important then I would recommend getting 8 x8 beveled mirrors here or here.
So now that we have that out of the way, here is what you will need for the mirror.
x amount of mirrors
1/2 plywood or mdf (if you plan on hanging your mirror, I recommend plywood, its lighter)
some corner moulding
a can of Rustoleum’s “Oil Rubbed Bronze” spray paint
Liquid Nails’ “Mirror Adhesive”
Plastic Mirror Rosettes
nails and nail gun
So, are you ready? Here we go….
Step 3: cut plywood to correct size
Step 4: measure our your corner mouldings so that they all line up and fit nicely together.
Step 5: (optional) line interior angle of corner mouldings with liquid nails
Step 6 & 7: Alternate nailing the top and side of the moulding to the plywood.
Now you are ready to start laying out your inner mouldings!
Step 8: Just lay out your inner trim and cut the correct lengths.
Step 9: lay mirrors in between trim so that you have the correct widths. You want to be careful with this step by not making the mirrors overly snug. You need to be able to pop them back out with ease, and don’t worry if you have a little bit of wiggle room, just even it out among the mirrors!
Step 10: With mirrors still in place, nail down the trim. Pick up the mirrors, or slide them down to the other side and nail the other end of the trim down.
Step 11: measure and cut cross trim and repeat steps 9 & 10
Step 12; Now for the fun part! Spray Painting!
I started off with the Krylon version, as you can see here. After two coats I realized it wasn’t cutting it, so I went and bought the Rustoleum version. SO much better!
Save yourself the grief and just buy the slightly more expensive spray paint. It has primer mixed in with it, and it covers so much better than its cheaper competitor. ( I layed out all of the plastic mirror rosettes on the board as well so they would get colored. I grabbed a ton of the tacks and stuck them lightly into a piece of styrofoam so that I could get the tops of the tacs all nicely painted.
After everything has dried, it’s time to glue down the mirrors. Now this is where I ran into a bit of a problem. Some of my mirrors were no longer fitting in. I had no idea why, since I had nailed down the trim with the mirrors still in, I figured they should still fit. Well, some of them didn’t, and the only thing I could think of was that the paint had added a bit more depth to the trim, making them just big enough for the mirrors to no longer fit. I had to pull some of the trim back up and re-adjust. It was just a pain in the but having to do it all over again, so that’s why you should leave just a little wiggle room in the first place. Or you could just spray paint everything and wait to nail the trim down until your ready to glue your mirrors in at the same time. It’s totally up to you, just thought I’d share my mishaps in hopes that you don’t have the same.
I LOVED how the mirror turned out! It was a bit heavy, and I knew it would be sitting on my mantel so I didn’t have to worry about attaching hanging fixtures to it (at least not right now). But it passed the test with flying colors of hiding that horrific hole in my wall. All better now
Overall with everything included, I did spend a pretty penny (let’s just say around $200 including the shipping and handling for the 25 mirrors), but hey it still sure beats $700!
I loved doing this project, and can’t wait to come up with a good reason to do it again! Hope this was easy to follow, just let me know if you have any questions!
Ta-Ta for now