When I moved in with my fiancé, the arduous two year process of replacing his bachelor pad furniture with things we both liked began. The red suede couch? Gone! There were some things, however, that I could not justify tossing. This is how the ugly, black mirror came to be in our bedroom. It was one of the cheapest that they sold at the furniture store where he bought it, and I was sure it was one of the ugliest. There was nothing really wrong with it, but it had absolutely no style.
While I was browsing Pinterest for unrelated bedroom makeover tips, I came across this mirror. The fish scales made it look luxe and stylish, two adjectives that would have never been used to describe my bedroom mirror. I found a tutorial for DIY fish scale art and got started.
I took my instructions from this tutorial that I also found on Pinterest. It honestly looked like the easiest thing in the world. All you have to do is cut out circles and staple them onto the mirror in an overlaying pattern to create the fish scale effect.
I used a drinking glass to trace the circles, not wanting to spend money on a circle cutter or pre-cut ones (there are not many hobby stores nearby). This part of the process went smoothly, but it was very difficult to estimate how many were actually needed. I was running back and forth to cut more circles several times during this project.
Instead of stapling them on, I used glue, which is possibly my worst mistake. I thought that this would be easier and faster, but the suede (yes, my fiancé really like suede) did not prove to be a good sticking surface for the glue. In the end, I got everything on and left it to dry.
After a few hours, I applied a coat of paint to get the pretty silver color in my imagination, thinking it would turn out as well as the gold on the blog.
I hate hate hate this mirror. You can see the outline of the glue in the paint, making it look bumpy and uneven. I don’t know how I went so wrong with the spacing, but from the other side of the room you can’t even tell that it is supposed to be a fish scale design. The paint did not turn out at all, and I have no idea why. This was an overwhelming fail, and in the end I’m going to have to do what I have been trying to avoid all along, which is buy a new bedroom mirror.
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