On April 15, 2008 we closed on a 1955 Mid-Century Modern home in Merriam, KS that was custom designed by the late Donald R. Hollis of Hollis + Miller Architects. We will be sharing our journey as we update the house to make it our own, while trying to stay as close to the original design as possible.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Hall Bathroom Finally Done-Mirror and All!

It has been so long since our mirror drama started that thought I would give you a quick refresher:

I really wanted this mirror from West Elm, but it was no longer being sold.
So we ended up buying this one online (arrived broken the first time, wish it had been broken the second time)  We both hated this mirror.
So we decided to build our own.
However, our efforts to use the Dremel Trio as a router were not successful.  The maple was just too hard.  John and Sam from Our First House were kind enough to lend us their router and router table.   (Many, many thanks!-it certainly made the job much easier!) 

Initially we were just going to keep the mirror pretty simple, but our mitered corners were not as tight as we had expected.  (Later learned that we are supposed to use the sawdust from the saw to fill that in!) 

So we decided to try our own version of the West Elm mirror.  I tried looking for branch cross sections in Etsy, but they were too expensive.  LD found some branches from an elm tree in the park that lost one of it's large branches during the last storms.  She cleaned the branches and sliced them into quarter inch segments with the miter saw.  We let them dry for about two weeks, then started glueing them onto the frame.

After letting it dry for a few hours, and giving it two coats of poly, we finally hung it in the bathroom.

So our hallway bathroom is finally done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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