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Adding Depth (and Swagger) to IKEA's Otherwise Flat Hexagonal Hönefoss Mirrors

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IKEA makes some nice and decidedly not plain square mirrors named "Hönefoss." They're hexagonal in shape and come in a box of 10 for $15 (5 each of two different hues of brown). You can read all about them on IKEA's site: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60182059/

The mirrors look pretty great on their own, but simply sticking a bunch of mirrors on the wall felt a little bit more appropriate to a dorm room than a home -- so I devised a plan to add a little 'punch' and 'pop' to the mirrors by raising them off the flat wall in two levels of depth.

Here's a quick overview of the project:

  1. Buy mirrors.
  2. Buy two thicknesses of MDF.
  3. Cut down to hexagonal shapes.
  4. Paint & sand.
  5. Affix to wall.
  6. Apply mirrors.

Tools & Materials used:

  • One 1/2" Ultralight MDF Panel
  • One 1" Ultralight MDF Panel
  • Miter Saw
  • Nail gun with 1" and 2.5" finishing nails
  • Palm Sander with 160-200 grit sandpaper
  • Spray Paint/Primer
  • Standard Paint + paintbrush

Let's get started...

 
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Step 1: Acquire MDF Panels and Cut to Size

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For this project, I determined that I wanted two varying depths of wood: 1/2" and 1". Naturally, MDF is a great option for this use and panels are available in those depths. Specifically, I chose "Ultralight" MDF since it is about 1/2 the weight of regular MDF (which can be quite heavy). If you're not familiar with MDF, you can learn more about it on Wikipedia.

  • I measured the mirrors at 7 1/8" and had my wood supplier mill the panels down to several strips of 7 1/8" each. One of the benefits of MDF is that it remains quite smooth after cutting. Depending on how much you wish to sand/prep the cut pieces, you may wish to have the MDF cut to strips slightly larger than the final mirrors (and then sand down to the exact size).
  • Then, it was just a matter of using one of the mirrors as a template and drawing out hexagons across the cut strips of MDF -- leaving an inch or two between each hexagon to ensure that I had room to make the cuts. (Of course, depending on how handy you are with a miter saw, you could definitely align the drawn out hexagons for more efficient use of the wood -- but keep in mind that you may wish to first cut between each hexagon on the miter saw to make it easier to handle during the cutting of angles).
  • One important note here (that I learned later in the process): the IKEA mirrors are NOT perfect hexagons. The sides have some slight variations to them that can cause some issues when attempting to align the mirrors with the cut MDF hexagons.
    • To combat this issue: be sure to mark each hexagon in some way to designate what should be the top edge so that you can maintain alignment of the pieces as you move them about). I put a little "up arrow" in pencil at what I was considering the top of each piece.
  • To saw the hexagons on the miter saw, I first cut between each drawn out shape; essentially "squaring" the MDF around the shape so that it would be easier to work with on the miter saw.
  • For the angles, I set the miter saw to a 30 degree cut (following the drawn lines, too, of course). If you want to double-check the reason for the 30 degree cut, this is the process for determining a miter:
    • Starting with 360 degrees (the degrees of a complete circle), then divide by the number of sides in your object. From that, you'll get the degree of the object's angles. Divide by 2 to get the miter. you'll get your angles, divide by 2 to get the miter.

    • Thus: 360 divided by 6 (the number of sides in a hexagon) = 60. Divide 60 by 2 (to get the miter) = 30.
hanttula (author) 5 months ago

A new addition to CB2's fall catalog looks mighty familiar; available at only 13x more than mine.

http://www.cb2.com/set-of-3-swarm-mirrors/s211937

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LesB7 months ago

What kind of adhesive did you use to bond the mirrors to the bases?

hanttula (author)  LesB7 months ago

Just the double-sided tape squares that come with the Hönefoss mirrors from IKEA. By all accounts, that double sided tape is quite strong. The mirrors have been hanging in my living room for over 2 months now and they show no signs of coming off.

Mark Rehorst8 months ago

Great! I think it would be even cooler if you put a LED behind each to illuminate the wall, provided you hide the wires.

marydecorator9 months ago

Stunning! How much did the entire project cost you?

gridha9 months ago

bonjour

c'est une conception très astucieuse on peut faire varier à l'infini les motifs .

Cependant prière nous indiquer comment coller les miroirs sur les différentes plaque de bois

Quelle colle ou produit nous conseiller autrement y a t il une autre astuce

hanttula (author)  gridha9 months ago

Bonjour! Les miroirs sont collés sur le bois avec la mousse adhésives "voiture" qui viennent avec les miroirs (directement à partir IKEA).

gridha hanttula9 months ago
merci de l'information a +
Deltic9 months ago

Looks great! You're right about a light sanding down after the first coat of paint, MDF loves water & will soak up the first coat. I find the solution is to water down household emulsion paint 50:50 & use this for your priming coat. It also works out cheaper as it saves a significant amount of paint.

hanttula (author)  Deltic9 months ago

Good idea! I never have considered watering down household paint for other purposes. I'll have to try that next time.

shebert29 months ago
Looks good, but my OCD is driving me nuts, the hexagons aren't spaced properly.. If you filled the pattern in completely, they would almost all overlap. I'm sorry. I'm a loser.
hanttula (author)  shebert29 months ago

Yes; that is one direction that I had considered going. However, I wanted to avoid too much of a structured/grid-based look. The idea, for me at least, was that have the mirrors spaced somewhat randomly would introduce a sense of organic contrast to an otherwise very segmented display.

dnicks shebert29 months ago

i'm on board with that idea actually. they look awesome on the wall, but if they were spaced with ghost hexagons in between, i think it would look even better. makes for more measuring/planning time to mount on the wall though.

amyradon9 months ago
The esthetics of this hit me in the right way. It gives a very futuristic, sci feel and reminds me of something between Mass Effect and Battle Tech. Next time I'm in IKEA, I'll have to made q stop at the lumber yard. I love it.
heregoagain9 months ago
My favorite thing from ikea. This is a fantastic upgrade! Well done.
Mielameri9 months ago
Ohh c'est très chic! Nice mod; it really does make a difference
worldlrnr9 months ago
Love this idea so I am putting it up on my Pinterest DIY - Home Décor!!
momu_md9 months ago
awsome

That is awesome! I love it on the red wall too!

Wow, these look amazing!