A few weeks ago I was invited to participate in a DIY Blogger Challenge sponsored by Wayfair and Hometalk. Wayfair is the largest online retailer of home furnishings in the United States and Hometalk is a wonderful resource for home and garden inspiration, advice and ideas! These are two awesome online sites, so of course I was thrilled about the opportunity to be a part of this fun and exciting challenge!
25 bloggers were asked to select one of three products, a mirror, bookcase or lampshade, available at Wayfair.com. The only rule was we had to incorporate one of the following design themes: rope, black and white or geometric pattern.
For the project I selected the Stratford Wall Mirror with Shelf, and because I have been having so much crafting with rope lately, I thought it would be perfect for the DIY challenge! I honestly had a hard time deciding which to choose because they were all great items with tons of DIY idea possibilities!
Here is the mirror before. I just love the thick white frame and attached shelf. It was so pretty and perfect as is so I was kind of sad to change it. But, that wouldn’t have been much of a challenge, so I grabbed my handy glue gun and got to work.
I know it’s no longer a mirror, I guess I let my love of repurposing take over when I read the “completely makeover” instructions. The memo board is not attached with glue so it can easily be “popped” out by giving a little tug on the ribbon and changed back into a mirror. This would also be a great solution to cover up a cracked mirror.
To attach the rope I used my glue gun and applied a thin strip of glue to the surface. I worked in small sections, pressing on the rope for a few seconds and then moved on to the next section. I started from the inside part of the mirror frame and worked my out, cutting the rope to length to fit each row.
To make the memo board, I measured the mirror and cut a thick piece of poster poster board to size. Then, I put the poster board on top of a piece of batting and cut around, leaving a couple of inches extra on each side. Next, I used my glue gun to attach the batting to the back of the poster board. To cover the batting I used a piece of linen, cutting slightly larger than the batting, wrapped around the edges of the poster board and again attached to the back with my glue gun.
To complete the memo board I added thin velvet ribbon, tightly securing to the back of the poster board with the glue gun. I also added a tiny dot of glue where the ribbon joined on the front so that it held in place.
The corners were a little messy with glue and where the rope joined together. To cover this up I added some paper flowers that my daughter made and some fabric flowers made from burlap ribbon and scrap linen and toile fabric.
Something I discovered when working on another project with rope is that it works just as well as cork! You can put pins and thumbtacks in it and and it will securely hold lightweight things in place.
I will be using my new memo board as a weekly menu meal planner. It is where I will be putting up my recipes for the week, along with coupons and a few of our family favorite take out menus.
I want to thank Wayfair and Hometalk so much for the opportunity to participate in this DIY Blogger Challenge, it was so much FUN! You can see all of the projects from the other super talented and creative bloggers on the Wayfair Pinterest Page and at Hometalk #DIY Challenge.