A couple of weeks ago, I was asked if I would like to participate in a DIY Blogger Challenge, sponsored by Wayfair and their supporting sponsor Hometalk. I love a challenge. As long as it doesn’t involve jumping off a cliff, or swimming with sharks, or …. 😀 Fortunately, this challenge was to make over one of three Wayfair goodies using a specific design trend. I chose to enhance the Stratford Wall Mirror with Shelf by incorporating rope, which seemed like the perfect combination to create a beach theme.
Here is the mirror in original condition, very pretty as is.
To add extra detail at the top of the frame, I used clothesline rope to tie a masthead knot mat. I taped the rope ends before trimming, then glued in place.
I also wanted to lace more rope into the frame, so after some experimenting, I determined that 2 1/2 inch stitch length and 1 1/2 inch spacing between stitches looked the best. I taped the frame along the line where it starts to curve and marked the spots for drilling holes. The first hole on each side is 3/4 inch from the corner. I removed the hangers from the back of the frame so that they wouldn’t interfere with drilling.
My drill press (found at a yard sale) made the hole drilling very quick. However, the shelf hindered the last hole on each side, so I had to get Richard’s help. He used an extra long drill bit and the regular drill to make the last holes.
Here it is all laced up. I left about an inch of excess rope on each end and again taped the rope before trimming (to prevent it from unraveling). I added a bit of glue in the last hole to secure the rope, then decided to staple it as well. You can see that I left a space at the center top for the decorative knot.
I glued the knot to the frame to position it. To make sure it was secure, I added a few staples to it, gently pulling parts of the rope aside where it overlapped, then stapling underneath.
I placed the hangers back on the frame, then it was time to play! The beach themed vase I made last week fits nicely on the shelf, along with a cute palm leaf frame and a “Sandy Toes & Salty Kisses” sign that I created and printed out on a scrap of drop cloth fabric.
To tie in with the beach theme, I placed a piece of driftwood on the end table, along with a sand dollar and another starfish. Those postcards on the end table are apparently from the beach! 😉