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DIY Sunburst Mirror – Part of my Financial Fast Challenge

Hi-Lo everyone! The work week is moving right along and things have been busy with regular events, planning for vacation and my wilton cake decorating course. But I’m still moving forward with my bedroom update little by little and for $0 of course. I’m over the moon to finally have a sunburst mirror; I’ve been crushing on them for a while now.

DIY Sunburst mirror

I love the color of my bedroom walls; it’s light and happy and feels fresh and open. But the accent colors I chose were more out of frugality than anything else. A couple years ago after I had the apartment painted but before the TV was mounted on the living room wall I bought some art to hang behind the TV. My first attempt at decorating a space…. Sorry, no before pics, I didn’t think to take pictures back then. But then my youngest started walking and it just made sense to mount the TV so I didn’t have to worry about it falling. That meant the artwork had to come down and my thriftiness wouldn’t let me tuck it away in a closet someplace. At the same time I’d decided to make an upholstered headboard and thought the artwork would look perfect above it, and it did. So I used it as my inspiration piece and attempted to decorate the room around it.

geometric art, marshalls

As you can see from the picture that meant red and brown would be some of the rooms accent colors, fast forward a couple years and I’m ready for a change so I decided to go with a softer, girlier (is that even a word?) color in here. Can you guess what my new accent color is…? It’s pink! I found a fabulous piece of fabric at that I’m going to use to reupholster the bench at the foot of the bed and a couple other pieces around the room. Now this is where the sunburst mirror comes in, it’s going to take center stage above the bed. While I did DIY the sunburst mirror I can’t take take credit for the how to. For full directions please check out Kayla’s post here. I’d been scouring the web for months looking for easy directions that required minimal supplies and hers was definitely that!! A little information before we move on, I purchased the supplies for this project months ago because it’d been on my to do list for a while. So it’s still a $0 project since I already had all the supplies on hand.


  • 16 wood shims
  • small mirror
  • paint
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • small piece of string or ribbon

I started by painting all the shims

painted shims

 next I attached the shims to each other one layer at a time

DIY Sunburst mirror instructions

once it was completely dry I attached some string to hang it with and glued on the mirror

Hang up a starburst mirror

I love the way it came out and the fact that it’s white means it’ll go with the next color I decide to try in here. Not anytime soon though, I’m going to enjoy pink for a while.

Let’s have a look at my Sunburst Mirror.

DIY Starburst mirror

The room already has a totally different feel. I want to LOVE this room redo when I’m done so I want to think about function, comfort and how it looks. In typical me fashion, I mean I’m still redoing the living room… That has been an evolution, you can read about the paint job here, the gallery wall here and the toy organization here.

But when I look at this simple DIY sunburst mirror it has me smiling from ear to ear.

geometric art, marshalls, before  DIY Starburst mirror

I’m two weeks into my financial fast challenge and I love crossing projects of my to do list for $0. I’ve seen some great mirrors in blog land, a lot of rope and sisal being used. Sunburst mirrors have been everywhere but I don’t mind being late to the trend. I found some supplies in my craft stash that I want to use for next weeks project.

Adding Functionality to your Entry

Are you enjoying the weekend? It was another busy one at my house. I worked on adding functionality to my entry, I started a Wilton cake decorating course at Michael’s (LOVE IT) and my son started bike club, which means I also started bike club 🙂

My entry is considered communal property since I share the hallway with my upstairs neighbor. Living in NY means lots of wonderful things but in most cases it also means living in small apartments. When I bought this place I knew it was small but I thought about the big picture. I knew I wanted to live here, I love this area. I figured I could organize and craft this apartment until we “fit”. While I hate the size of my apartment I also love it. Of course it would be nice to have more space but living in a small apartment means I don’t bring a lot of junk home. I’m forced to think about the purchases I make. I always ask “do I need this and is there space for it”? This update adds organization and functionality to an area that had none.

Entry Update/decor

Let’s take a look at some before pictures. In an effort to be honest and  real I’m going to show you how messy the hallway really was, cob webs and all. It was a hard winter with a lot of snow and extremely cold days. Who was worried about cleaning the hallway? Not me!

009 Entry Update

I was already using a basket for our shoes. With a toddler in the house and all over the floor shoes aren’t allowed inside, they just track in dirt and germs. Really people, I saw a Dr. Oz episode where he randomly swabbed the bottoms of peoples shoes and sent them to a lab. One person had ecolli on the soles of his shoes. Yuck!  But the basket was always bigger than the space so the front door couldn’t fully open and I wanted to do something about that.

I’ve read over and over again in style and décor books as well as magazines that not making use of your walls is a waste of space. So I wanted to start using them. I was walking around Marshall’s with a couple projects in mind so I was keeping an eye out for a few different things. I came across a basket in the clearance section but then I thought your a DIY’er so why spend money when you can probably make something. I thought about using a box wrapped in fabric or really nice paper. They usually have great rolls at Home Goods and I figured I could find a box at work since there’s always a bunch laying around. And guess what…. I did!! I’m in love with chalkboard paint these days so when I found this metal  bin typically used for mail I knew it was perfect. Add to that the fact that it was on clearance and it was a no brainer.

Entry update/organize galvanized mail bin

As I was standing in line to pay for the bin I found this roll of paper and snatched it up too.

Entry Update/Coral paper

Now, I know a lot of bloggers pull out a drill or saw and get things done but this isn’t that kind of blog. I’m power tool challenged… So I usually wait until I have a couple things around the house that need to be hung up or made and I give my dad a call. I love that man, he’s a jack of all trades and knows a little bit about everything.  I should also mention the walls in my apartment aren’t that great either, some are sturdy and solid while others crumble when you start drilling.

I found an old coat rack in my storage space when I was looking for some paint and knew it would be a great addition to the space, it just needed some love. The paper I picked up had coral circles in it so I picked up a Valspar paint sample from Lowe’s in Autumn Enchantment and added a little white craft paint until it was a color I thought matched the paper. I just want to say I love the paint samples Lowes sells, they’re $2.97, come in a satin finish and are the perfect size for small projects around the house.

I started by removing the hooks from the coat rack and giving it two coats of primer since it was a dark colored wood.

entry update/coat rack entry update/coat rack painted

While I waited for that to dry I also gave the mail bin two coats of chalkboard paint to get rid of the  compass design it had. I waited an hour in between coats per the directions. It came with a few wooden magnets that I also painted coral to match the paper.


Then I went to work on the box, I wanted to reinforce the bottom so I went over it a couple times with some duct tape. I tried gluing the lids on  top down for added support but I was having a hard time getting them to adhere so I cut them off with my Exacto knife. I get impatient and it was slowing me down.

entry update

I thought wrapping the box was going to be the hard part but it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it was going to be. I didn’t measure anything, I just rolled the paper around the box making sure it lined up on each side. I cut the pieces big enough to wrap around completely, from the bottom to the top and halfway inside. I attached the paper with some Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky adhesive. It was kind of like wrapping a gift but leaving one side unwrapped. If there was any hangover I just cut it off with my exacto knife.

entry update/shoe box DIY entry shoe box

When I was done I turned the box over and waterproofed it with two coats of Mod Podge, I like the matte finish. Don’t worry about the white stuff you see in the picture, it dries clear.

entry upate/ mod podge shoe box

I would LOVE to have a mudroom dedicated to coats, book bags, helmets and outdoor toys but that’s just not possible. So I decided to use the mail bin to hold bubbles, side walk chalk and other summer toys while the coat rack holds helmets and thin jackets for spring evenings with a chill in the air. In the winter we can use the bin for gloves and hats. The box will hold our shoes but now allows the door to swing open all the way. I picked up a small wooden script word from Michael’s to decorate the wall. Now lets take a look at some pictures.

completed entry shoe box decor for entry update entry updated mail bin

The cob webs are gone too 🙂


I think it looks great, especially for under $16. When I’m tired of the color or the box gets beaten up I can quickly change this space with a new paint color and a roll of paper. What do you think? Could you add a basket or bin to your entry to save space?