02.29.2012 / DIY

Rip This Room: DIY Mirrored Screen

IniJackie Astier’s libraryithey use a mirrored screen to soften the corner of the room.
A mirrored screen can help to brighten a dark space as well as to expand a room and add shine.
Hers was custom made.

Below I'll show you how you canimake your ownifor a lot less.

I love the way three totally different kinds of mirrors are layered in this room. A mirror, or several mirrors used together can replace the need for art over a mantle.

In this example there are multiple mirrors used in thei
room, the antiqued screen, the mirrored table top, as well as the mirrored tiles inlayed in the table side.

A mirrored screen can do double duty as a headboard.

You’ll need to get:

6 full length rectangular mirrors (look for antiqued glass for the best match!),3 15-inch-by-50.25-inch pine panels,
2 inches thick Sandpaper,iPrimer Paint, Paint brush,iPaint tray,iLong straight edge,i4 brass hinges Drill with bit,
Mirror mastic caulking tube,iCaulk gun

Here’s the technique:

Sand the edges of your pine panels, prime them and then paint the edges. Consider using silver paint, as it matches well with mirrors.

Lay your three panels on the floor, all in a row. Check that the panels are properly aligned by placing your long straight edge underneath the panels.

Set two hinges on top of the gap between two of the panels, placing one hinge 1 foot from the bottom and the other hinge 1 foot from the top. Mark the locations of the hinges’ screw holes with a pencil. Remove the hinges.

Drill pilot holes where you made your marks. Attach the hinges to the panels using the pilot holes and hardware included with the hinges.

Flip the two attached panels onto their backsides and leave the other panel as is.
Attach the remaining panel to the center panel using the same technique you used to attach the first two panels.

Load the mirror mastic into the caulking gun. Apply mastic to the surface of all three panels.
Start out by creating a border of mastic around the fronts of the panels, then fill in the center with lines of mastic.

Lay a rectangular mirror over each panel, carefully matching the edges of the mirror with the panel’s edges.
Allow the mastic to set for at least 24 hours.

Turn the privacy screen over. Attach mirrors to the other panels in the same fashion you attached them on the other side.
Allow the mastic to dry for at least a day.

Stand up the screen, using its accordion-style construction to balance it.


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By Patricia Wadzinski on February 29, 2012 07:41 AM
02.28.2012 / DIY

Rip This Room: DIY-Damien Hirst

The Damien HirstiEtchingithat hangs above the sofa works to marry all the colors in the room.Not to mention the fact the the simple graphic adds visual movement in the room without distracting from anything else.Seeing that these go for thousands of dollars (and we won't even talk about the paintings themselves), a muchiless expensive option would be to try your hand at replicating the artwork using a potato print technique we found on Oh Happy Day.


You’ll need to get:i
5 potatoes, acrylic paints in white and shades of blues, greys, and blacks for this, paper cups, cheap brushes for mixing paints, plastic plates for mixing paints, ruler, pencil, large pieces of paper (however big you want your artwork.)


Here’s the technique:i
Using your ruler and pencil place little marks where you are going to stamp your potato. For a close match to the Hirst model try spacing them 2" apart.
I would use a chalk line and snap a grid, but thats not totally necessary.


Mix paint. To get the greatest v
ariety of colors mix your colors yourself in the paper cups. (Not to mention they come out so much prettier when they aren’t right from the tube.) Pull out your color wheel and make darks and lights in the palate you want. Be sure to add a little water so the paint is a nice consistency not too thick and not too watery either.

Cut one or two of the potatoes in half and cut out a 3/4″ circle with a knife. You’ll want a few potato stamps so you can print with a few colors at the same time

Printing with one color at a time, place the paint on the plate so you can stamp the potato in it. Then start to stamp randomly throughout the print. Keep a scratch paper nearby to test it when the stamp has too much ink. It isn’t important that the stamping is perfect. They might be a little sloppy but as long as you get in theivicinityiof your pencil marking it will still come out great. Continue stamping with all the colors until it is all filled out.
Its important to do all in one sitting because your paints will dry out and your potatoes will get moldy. The painting part took 3-4 hours so get someone to help do the stamping to make it go quicker.
For framing you don't have to spend a lot. A simple white poster frame can be picked up at your local Home Depot or Ikea for very little.
Jordan used a frameless frame here and it looks great!

Here is the result on Oh Happy Day.

Happy painting!

And for those without a crafty side we suggest theseiSweet 16 wall decals.

For more DIY Damien Hirst don't forget about our Spin Art Video!

The results will even have Damien himself jumping for joy!

Or, you could buy this Banksy Rat Spots that is super cool and not that expensive!

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By Katie C. on February 29, 2012 08:45 AM
I love this crafty painting project! Great idea.
02.27.2012 / INTERIOR DESIGN

Rip this Room: Day 1

I absolutely adore Jackie Astier's library featured in this month's issue of Elle Decor. But from what I can tell virtually every item in this room is custom, vintage, or just plain expensive!

Although, I am loving her two major purchases from Ebay!

I believe that a beautiful interior doesn’t have to break the budget so I’m going to devote the entire week to hacking this room.

Unless you’re a furniture builder let’s start with the items that need to be purchased.

The sofa...
in the inspiration image is a rare vintage sofa c.1950's byiEdward Wormley for Dunbar that has been reupholstered in rich lavender velvet. It’s sure to be pricey!iWe found a less expensive option in the 98” Kensington sofa by Restoration Hardwareiupholstered in their vintage velvet fog.

The diamond print rug...
is a hand woven Moroccan import from Wunderley. Our version achieves the same effect for a lot less while staying within the same color tones.

The brass cocktail table...is by Mastercraft c.1970’s with and inlaid glass top. Our version has the same mirrored top and a tiered base.

The side table...in the inspiration photo is made of rare burled wood with gold hardware and was found on ebay. It would be near impossible to locate its counterpart. We found a comparable version by Jonathan Adler.

Tomorrow we'll look at how to DIY the Damien Hirst lithograph above the sofa...!

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