Ballard Mirror Knock-Off

 

Have you seen these mirrors from Ballard Designs?

 


A few months ago, I saw the pretty, scrolly…art pieces, really… in their catalog. Ballard was asking $219 (I believe) for two. (Now they aren’t even for sale anymore.) I wondered if I could recreate them myself for a little less dinero.

 

And guess what? Yes, yes I could!

 

And so can you, peeps!

 

I began with a tall mirror from Target – the kind that are usually hung on the back of a door. I chose white like the inspiration mirror. Target sells these for $5.99 each.

 

I then snatched up a large wall stencil at Hobby Lobby when stencils were on sale for 40% off. Normally $16.99, my stencil was now around $10.

 

My third ingredient was some textured metallic spray paint I had leftover from my living room lamps. I chose to use the textured paint because it seems to be more…what?…3D I guess?…like the inspiration mirrors. And although the Ballard mirrors have bronzy/goldish (almost brown) fretwork, the silver coordinates with my color theme. (Feel free to choose whichever color works best in your space…I won’t tell Ballard.)  ;)

 

So…ingredients: Welcome to the back patio. Here we go!

 

Before spray painting, I prepped the mirror with some glass cleaner. You don’t want to spray paint dust (or random bugs that fly by) onto your mirror forever! The patio also got a covering of plastic and some newspaper, complete with a back yard stick to hold it down.  :)

 

The white sides of the mirror were taped off to avoid splatters. Next came centering the stencil onto the mirror. Tape holds things in place and keeps the pattern from scooching around.

 

See the picture above? See the exposed mirror at the bottom? Cover it with newspaper before you start spraying. (I may or may not have learned that the hard way…)

 

Now spray!! About 4 coats across or so…until it looks good to you.

 

I checked my work to make sure things were turning out like they should…

Lovin’ it so far!

 

Now it’s time to move the stencil down. An easy way to keep things nice and orderly is to match up the print to an already sprayed one:

Tape the stencil down again, and spray spray away!!

 

Once the paint dried, I touched up any loose paint flecks with glass cleaner, a cloth, and my finger nail. An old toothbrush also works.

 

Here is my new cute mirror…

 

 

I’m pretty thrilled that it turned out so similar to the original Ballard mirror. It was a complete coincidence, really, that my stencil was almost the exact print as the original fretwork.

 

For just a fraction of the cost…

 

 

Total cost breakdown for the project:


Mirror: $5.99 @ Target

Stencil:  About $10 (Originally $16.99 with a 40% off coupon @ Hobby Lobby)

Spray Paint: Free, already owned

 

Total: $16

 

I will be making a second mirror, and both with go in my master bedroom. I’ll show you their permanent spot as the bedroom moves along. For now, I am just so thrilled that the beautiful Ballard mirror could be mine IF the price was right…

 

And it was.  ;)

 

I’m linking up!

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  1. I appreciate the way you have cut down on the cost and created something equally beautiful.

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

  2. That looks great! You’re so clever! Thanks for stopping by my spot the other day because now I know about yours… and it is awesome!

    Miranda
    http://www.justdrinkacoke.com

  3. Hey lovely, This is a great project, more sweet than inspiration!! Yay
    Keep rocking my dear!

  4. Love the way your mirror turned out! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!

  5. What a great idea! your mirror look gorgeous.

  6. The mirror turned out awesome Beth! I admire the patience I am sure it took. They say that patience is a virtue…..I guess I have never been virtuous in my life! Following your blog now.I would love for you to show this off at my Wickedly Crafty Saturdays! http://wiccanmakesometoo.blogspot.com/2011/07/wickedly-crafty-saturdays.html

  7. that’s great project, I’m a big Ballards Fan, so this really caught my eye!

  8. This turned out great Beth! I love that you used textured paint.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Omigod, I am in love with Quatrefoil and trellis designs – it’s beautiful! I only wish we had Target already here in Canada to get that stencil. :) I’ll have to look for it somewhere. :)

  10. this looks great, i can’t wait to try something like it myself!

  11. How funny! I came across your post via Knock Off Decor and imagine my surprise when I saw the exact same stencil I used in my living room! I did it across a really loooooong wall and it really makes a statement! You can sort of see it in this photo: http://pinterest.com/pin/50454458297459055/. Anyway, enjoyed the post!

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