In this age of Pinterest perfect images, I love to share real-life images and stories. This may be my favorite (and most depressing) For Real Friday yet…My IKEA Hack (Cracked Mirrors).
Remember the IKEA dresser makeover I shared last summer? It is my favorite DIY project to date. I spent so much time dreaming and scheming and my dad helped me make the dream a reality. Unfortunately, it’s been moved from our master bedroom to the guest room for the past six months.
Two of the mirrors were cracked ALL the way across the drawer front.
When I first noticed the cracks, I blamed my husband, and he denied it. I honestly thought it was him for days and was SO aggravated with him. Then, one day my daughter came dancing into our room. She sat down singing one of her little songs and starting turning and tightening the knobs. It was HER!
I was too tired to redo the piece, so I moved her upstairs until recently I decided she (my dresser – still deciding on my daughter) deserved a second chance. I had Lowe’s cut mirrors to size for the drawer fronts, and I removed the cracked mirror from the drawers.
I drilled holes in the mirror which is something I’ve never done before. I bought a special mirror drill bit from the hardware store, puddled water, and went for it!
I drew my paint lines, added the little stars, and repeated all the steps from before. AND I added one more thing: little felt pads under the knobs (Oh, and my daughter is not allowed within five feet of this dresser).
HOWEVER, before I even had time to post this, my daughter DID IT AGAIN!
She tightened the knob, and the glass cracked despite the little felt pad. I was heartbroken, and Lena was in BIG trouble. Thank goodness she is cute because I was out of patience. The dresser will stay for now with its one crack. Strike three for my daughter is not an option. I had to share a photo of the dresser as it is – not styled and how it looks with piles of junk in real life:
Someday I’ll laugh about this – maybe?
Have you ever had a DIY experience go wrong like my IKEA Hack (Cracked Mirrors)?
Go create something!