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:
- Buy mirrors.
- Buy two thicknesses of MDF.
- Cut down to hexagonal shapes.
- Paint & sand.
- Affix to wall.
- 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...
Step 1: Acquire MDF Panels and Cut to Size
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.