When looking at the after photo of my mini office makeover I realized that the space was reading more like it belonged in a kid's room than an adult's (or at least that's how I was seeing it anyway). Here's a little mirror project I did to give it a bit of glam and a more "grown up" feel.
My inspiration first came from these beautiful mirrors:
image via Decorpad
To start, I began by taking a walk in the woods and collecting sticks from the ground (it really helped that we had a windstorm come through the week before!) I gathered a small pile and got to work breaking the branches up into smaller, more manageable pieces.
I used one of the medium sized mirrors from the pack of 5 that I got from Home Depot and placed the sticks around it until I was happy with the result.
Then I broke out the hot glue gun and began gluing the sticks together in place, trying not to let too much glue glob up and show.
By the time I was finished, I had a "frame" that could be held up. I flipped it over and added extra glue to the backsides of the sticks to reinforce them all.
Then it was time to paint the whole thing. I taped off the mirror...
...and used Rustoleum's specialty metallic gold spray paint, thanks to Bryn Alexandra's recommendation.
I gave the branches a coat on both sides and did two coats on the mirror, no primer needed. I was really happy with how it turned out, it really reminded me of metal. Because the branches that actually touch the mirror are a bit fragile, I decided to hang both pieces up separately. The mirror already had a hook on the back for hanging and after I got that up I used a nail to hang up the branch part and overlapped it on the mirror.
I was surprised by how quickly this project came together and in the end it cost me less than $20 ($15 for the 5 mirrors and $3-4 for the spray paint). I'm hoping to show an updated photo of the office with the mirror in it soon, once I finished up a few things!