Driftwood evokes an immediate association with the ocean and all the relaxing and enjoyable memories typically associated with time spent at the beach. Embellishing common household items, such as bathroom mirrors, with driftwood is an ideal way to bring the feeling of the beach into the home and doesn't have to be only for use in beach houses. Driftwood is commonly found on the sea shore, but if you don't have access to a beach but still would like to have a beach-evoking bathroom mirror, craft stores and lumber yards often stock driftwood for decorative use.
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Things you need
- Cloth or paintbrush
- Wood glue
- Hand saw
Choose a mirror that has a thin wooden frame on it for attaching the driftwood. Make sure the mirror fits in the desired space in your bathroom, with about four inches extra on all sides to accommodate for the irregular sizes of the driftwood. Any shape of mirror can be turned into a driftwood bathroom mirror.
Brush or wipe off any dirt or sand that remains on the driftwood. If you have collected it yourself from the beach, then this will definitely be necessary. If you have purchased driftwood from a craft or lumber store, it may already be clean.
Arrange a mock-up of your mirror frame with the driftwood. If you have four or five larger pieces to go around the frame, then arrange them in the dimensions of the mirror frame, until you come to a design you like. If you have lots of smaller pieces of driftwood, lay them out in the dimensions of the frame, making sure you have enough for the desired thickness and that the driftwood is distributed evenly around the mirror.
Place a generous amount of wood glue onto the bottom side of the driftwood pieces and glue them onto the frame of the mirror. Start with one layer of driftwood all the way around. If you are using only a couple of larger pieces, make sure you glue them so that the original frame is obscured.
Glue on more layers of driftwood if you are using lots of shorter pieces. Glue some to the outer and inner sides of the frame as well, so that the original mirror frame is obscured. You can build the frame upward with this style as well, driftwood upon driftwood, for a nice, thick frame to your mirror. Let the glue dry thoroughly before hanging the mirror in the desired spot in your bathroom.
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