Rustic Modern Mirror

I am so excited about today’s project, this piece has inspired my home office makeover (and boy does it need one baby!) I will reveal multiple projects in the days to come from the makeover, one I am doing today, which is making a desk out of two sofa tables.  But for now, I am happy to share with you my Rustic Modern Mirror that I had so much fun making.

I have had the mirror for a few months, and up until now it has been part of my gallery wall in another room.  I had paint stir sticks left over from my first starburst mirror (I used about 25 for this project) which you can find in my archives from earlier this year.  I wanted this mirror to have a more rustic feel for my office space that I am working on.

I enlisted the help of my trusty little sidekick, the Robin to my Batman if you will.  I give you, my wire snips.  Besides a stack of sandpaper, hot glue gun, endless supply of Diet Coke, and my needle-nosed pliers, these are in my Top 5 Must Have Tools.  I even counted them just now and there are 5, so my coffee really is working.  These things are AWESOME, and they trimmed the rough edges of the stir-sticks quite nicely. 

This is the first layer, I would suggest facing the stir-sticks to the back of your project since the printing and indentations may show through your paint if they face forward.  In addition, to give the mirror depth, I cut a few stir-sticks in half and thirds and added them randomly, hot-gluing each one in place as I went.  My favorite part about crafting, and creating things I love for my home is that it does not have to be perfect.  Most of the time we are the only ones who know the whack-a-doo way that we had to get a piece to come together. 
Do you want to know one of my dirtiest little secrets (oh yes, this blog is chock full of them!) Most of the time I do not paint the back of my projects.  And I sometimes have quite obvious errors that I have to go back and tweak until they work.  But not until they are perfect.  With my youngest three kids being 6, 2, and 1, I let perfect go.  And I cannot tell you how much happier I am.  True to form, I digress, I’m sorry.  I just have fun talking to you and I love sharing ideas with you.  And, I want to see every woman let go of burdens like this that hold us back.  Yes, you thought you were going to read about my mirror.  That’s dirty secret #2 for today, I like to TALK. 

Before I blasted her with a few coats of flat white Krylon spray paint, I used a piece of paper to cover the mirror.  Sometimes a bit of paint still gets inside, but it comes off very easy.

I knew I wanted the mirror to be white, but with the light-tone wood of the paint stir-sticks I was not going to get the distressed look I wanted by sanding.  In this case, I add paint.   
I use a foam brush, load some acrylic paint onto it (I used charcoal), and blot it a few times so it is not saturated, and begin to very lightly go over the areas I want to shabby up a bit.

I use a damp paint rag to blend in or correct any area that I got carried away, and I repeated this process until I had achieved the look I wanted.  I cannot wait to share with you the other pieces that I am re-vamping for the home office makeover.  None of them are new.  I am using only things that I already had, or pieces that I have picked up along the way.  My goal is to only purchase the paint for the walls.  Speaking of paint, the store opens in 30 minutes so I am heading out for some retail paint-therapy.  Here is the inspiration behind a new space to create, write and spend time making things for those I love.  My take on Rustic Modern:

Have a blessed day, xoxo

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  1. This is so beautiful! I love it!!!

  2. Tanya! That turned out amazing! Absolutely love it!

  3. This is just amazing! I love the idea of adding paint to distress something rather than sanding it, so smart 🙂 I have a brand new link party going on and I’d be thrilled if you would share this over there so everyone can see it!

  4. Love this project. Looks great!

  5. WOW! I absolutely LOVE this! I would have never guessed that you had used stir sticks! I've pinned this for future rooms in my house! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi Tanya, thanks for visiting me @ Hearth and Whimsy. I'm glad I came over here for a visit, your mirror is gorgeous!!
    Your newest follower ~ Terrie

  7. Thanks so much for liking my wall! I love that mirror. Nice job.

  8. THanks for liking my taped wall. I LOVE your mirror. Nice Job!

  9. Hey, thanks for coming by my blog. I am following you as well now. By the way, the paint sticks! Brilliant. By the time you were done you couldn't even tell that is what they were originally. Very cool.


  10. Hi Tanya, I love, love, love how your mirror turned out! I could not even tell from the first pictures that you distressed it with paint. It looks absolutely fabulous, and I can't wait to see the rest of the office! Hope you are having a great weekend.


  11. This looks amazing!! Love the extra touch the gray paint gives it! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you are having a great weekend!

  12. We would LOVE for you to share this in our Crafty Showcase. It runs from Sat thru Thurs. and then we pick our favorites to feature on Friday.

    We also have an ETSY and Craft Business linky

    Have a super weekend,

  13. This is an outstanding mirror you have made using sticks.. Thanks for linking up at friday fun party. Pinning it. 🙂

  14. I love this! It is beautiful and such a great idea! Thanks for finding me, I'm a new follower. 🙂

  15. Very Cute idea! Great blog. I will be back.

  16. Gosh, how brilliant is that. Gorgeous.

  17. What a great combo of old and new. Very shabby chic too 🙂 well done! Hugs and wishes for a beautiful week ahead.

  18. Tanya – this mirror turned out amazing!! I stink at making things look rustic and still good at the same time. You totally nailed it! And I love that you used paint stirrers. They are so easy to get!! Followed you back. =)

  19. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog today because a couple of weeks ago, I got nominated for the Liebster Award and I've been looking for 5 amazing bloggers to pass it on to. =) I nominated you! Here's the link to find more information:

  20. I can't believe you made this using paint sticks! Very cool! It really makes the little mirror pop. And the distressed look really make it! Great work and thanks for sharing at Freedom Fridays. Hope you have a fabulous week!!

  21. Hi Tanya!!
    What a fantastic blog – I have so many posts to catch up on and read!!
    I love how your mirror has turned out – very chic!!

  22. Gorgeous. You would certainly never imagine from looking at it that it is made from paint stirrers. Great job!

  23. Who would have thought!!! Fun mirror!
    Thank you for joining our party. Tomorrow, Wednesday, we'll pick a few features and open a new party. We look forward to you coming to join in again at

  24. This turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love all your wonderful comments on both of my blogs. Thank you!


  25. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on my lamp! I love love love your sunburst mirror, it turned out great! I'm also your newest follower 🙂

  26. Your mirror is awesome. Thanks for the tutorial. Your office space is going to be great!

  27. Wow…I love it …
    Thanks for linking up at get outta my head



  28. Beautiful mirror and oh so thrifty! I am a fellow newbie over at the "newbie party!" And, your newest follower!

  29. I featured this mirror today, and pinned it; it's just fabulous! Thanks for linking it up to The Fun In Functional!

  30. absolutely fantastic!!!! PINNING!!! 🙂

  31. Totally gorgeous! I have been collecting stir sticks to make a sunburst mirror. Yours looks way better then what I had plan! That mirror in the middle makes it fabulous!

  32. Wow! Love this, please share it! Link it up with me on my Wow Us Wednesday, ok? Over at

  33. so pretty! love the shape and the paint!

  34. This is such a cool idea. I LOVE it! Thanks for linking it up at doodles and stitches link party 🙂

  35. Wow, this really shows your talent! We are so glad you joined our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We love to see all of the great recipes and ideas!! Thanks and we hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

  36. All I can say is Awesome! very nice mirror, love the swirl pattern on it – very different!

  37. coming back by to ask you to add this project to the hop at my blog today xo

  38. Wow, I love it. If I wouldn't have seen the tutorial I wouldn't have believed you made it. It looks like something from Home Goods! pinned it

  39. Oh forgot to mention. I went to Lowes the other day and they are now keeping the paint sticks behind the counter. I guess they've caught on to the diy'ers, lol.

  40. The mirror is amazing! I might have to try it myself now!

  41. Thanks for linking up with me on Wow Us Wednesday! Really very creative.

  42. great project
    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xx

  43. I love how your project turned out! The distressing make it so special and unique.

  44. What a great project! It turned out so pretty!

  45. Seriously amazing project! I never would have guess how the aging was done, it looks so authentic…and thanks for the tip on letting perfection go. We all need to hear that from time to time.


  46. A total wow!

  47. how great is this?! I really love how you finished it off and gave it that "rustic" feel!! 🙂

    I featured this on my blog today:

    I also pinned it:

  48. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Sorry I'm a little late in saying thank you xo

  49. This is sooo gorgeous! Love the shabby chic quality of it! Hope you will share with my Pink hippo Party @
    I am your newest follower~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  50. This is being featured over at our Trash 2 Treasure party tonight on the Korner! Feel free to grab a featured button. 🙂

  51. this is fantastic. I hope you'll add it to my what we wore, read and made wednesday party tomorrow night


  52. I lllloooovvveeee this! So pretty!
    Thanks for sharing –
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  53. I just ADORE the mirror!! Very creative!!

    Thank you for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! Can't wait to see what you link up this evening!

  54. Fanta"stic" project, Heidi!!! I love how it turned out.

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Be sure to stop in tonight, and see yourself featured.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  55. You did a great job creating and designing of this mirror. Hope I can make one too for my condo in philippines. 🙂

  56. This is awesome! I really need to make one soon!…and being imperfect is totally cool with me too! (and thanks for following!)

  57. 1YN8Ht Your style is so unique in comparison to other folks I ave read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity, Guess I all just bookmark this page.

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