The wood shim sunburst mirror is finished!! And I’m so excited about how it turned out!
When I left off yesterday, it looked something like this…
Because I changed the design, I didn’t have nearly enough shims to make the complete circle. So, I made another trip to Home Depot to pick up more packages of shims so that I could complete the circle. In all, I used 17 packages of shims, and the complete circle required 33 sections of 6 shims each.
Next, I used a wood wreath form that I found at Michael’s, and used wood glue (NOT hot glue) to adhere it to the back of the sunburst. I placed heavy objects on it and left it to dry for about four hours. (Nevermind the stained part. That was from the previous design that I didn’t like.)
When the wood glue was fully dry, I turned the sunburst over, and adhered a round mirror in the middle, and then used my glue gun to attach 1″ pieces of shim (that I cut with my miter saw) around the edge of the mirror.
And then I added a second row of 1″ pieces to cover the edge of the mirror.
And with that, the construction was finished!
I didn’t want to stain the wood, but I did want to seal it. I only had non-yellowing polyurethane, but I actually did want the finish to add a warmth to the wood, so I opted to use Waterlox that I had left over from my kitchen butcherblock countertops. You can see how the portion on the left has a warm look to it.
And after two coats of Waterlox, it was finished! Here’s the final result.
Now really…doesn’t that look like something you’d see in a designer catalog?! I don’t think anyone would ever assume that it’s cheap wood shims!!
If you decide to try this project, here’s my advice: Don’t weed through the shims and pick out the “ugly” ones. Use all of them!! I had some that were VERY rough looking, but it’s all of the variation that gives this piece such a unique look. I even had a couple of pieces that still had bark on them! I used ’em all.
Edit: I’ve had several people ask how heavy this mirror is. I don’t have a way to weigh it, but it feels very comparable to my eight pound weight. I should also mention that the finished diameter is about 22 inches.
Pssstt…Did you miss Part 1 of this DIY? If so, click here!