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"Now don’t start that, again"

January 24, 2011  —  Written by Julia 

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(Name that movie! Hint:  think vultures channeling the Beatles.) Okay, I’m all about utilizing what I got, but having the same fabric in three different places was a little much in our two-bedroom/one-bathroom apartment.  I used the same fabric to cover a lamp and three mirrors.  And then I took two of those mirrors and put them in Greta’s room and I put the other mirror in the bathroom:
Aw, cute!  Chris brushing his teeth and Greta copying–oh, yeah…this is about the mirror. :)

Because that lamp ended up in our living room, which is actually open to the dining room area and kitchen, it seemed like everywhere I looked I saw that same fabric–unless I was in our bedroom.  Eeks!  It got old. Fast.  So Saturday, I took on the project of redoing the mirror–AGAIN!  I decided a fresh mosaic look would be fitting for the bathroom.  I picked up some  a lot of paint samples (for FREE!) to achieve the look of a tile mosaic for none of the cost.

Once I stripped off the fabric and cut my paint samples into varying sizes of equilaterals–I started fitting them together.  This is when I realized this was going to take a lot longer than I expected.  It wasn’t hard–just time consuming.  Luckily, just looking at all of the colorful tiles coming together so nicely got me excited enough to keep going.  As soon as I had them where I wanted, I glued each “tile” down individually and then used a paintbrush and three coats of Mod Podge (waiting at least 20 minutes between each coat) to seal it:
The whole process took a few hours, and there was even a time when Greta took a nap that I recruited Chris to help me.  It was totally worth it.  Completely.  We both love how refreshed our tiny bathroom looks.  Not to mention, it was free to do (besides purchasing the Mod Podge).  The technique could be applied to lots of stuff: picture frames, lamp bases, the top of a coffee table or end table.  However, I am restraining myself and stopping at the mirror because I don’t want to run into the same problem that started this whole thing.  Heh…heh…he….

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  1. Logan|Lexy says:

    you are so creative. i can’t handle it.

    beautiful.

  2. Logan|Lexy says:

    you are so creative. i can’t handle it.

    beautiful.

  3. Dawn says:

    I LOVE your blog!!

    You are amazing! What a great idea!! Too Time consuming for me… but maybe if I had a smaller mirror… (lol!)

  4. you are so creative and clever… i LOVE it!

  5. This pretty much makes me want to do this to every flat surface in my house! hahaha I am bound and determined to find something to ‘mosaic’ in my new living room! :)

  6. TEN says:

    I remember you showing us that technique at a RS activity! I love it! and the movie is Jungle Book :)

  7. You glued each square by hand? Ya don’t say…

  8. It looks awesome!!!!!!!!!! and totally real too. Good work! Mosaics are seriously my favorite type of artwork. After going on my europe trip, I’ve always been so interested in how they really do that…and create such beautiful sceneries!!!!

    GOOD WORK!

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