Monday, April 11, 2011

Knock-off Ballard Designs Garden District Mirrors

UPDATED:
Check out this new post on how to 'chunk' up these mirrors! Just go here, or click on the picture.

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Hello ladies! Hope you all had a great weekend and let this week begin!...hopefully with better weather :) Cross your fingers!

I've been busy getting a clients house done and I ran into a huge predicament. I mean huge. I had a blank wall that was about 9' high and 11' across and had absolutely no idea what to put there. Plus, it had to be cheap thrifty to keep on budget. So, when I came across these in my Ballard Designs catalogue I swooned! They were perfect!
But of course at $199 each, there was no way, but they are soooo easy to replicate and tailor to your own style! :)
Ballard Designs Mirrors
See??? Oh and yes, those only cost my $15...for all three! Oh, and by the way...thats my house  :) I loved them so much I had to make some for myself! I'll show you my clients office makeover soon.
Okay. First off. Get your mirrors. I found these at Target for $5 each.

I then figured out all the dimensions. For these mirrors, I needed to put a line every 32 1/4 inch...about~I wasn't way too exact. Then I split it in half and drew a line all the way up the middle.
I used a white eye liner pencil for this. Worked like a charm! And was easy to take off in case I messed up :)
Next, at the first and last intersections, I marked two inches out on each line with a dot, and connected the dots to create the square.
I then found something in my house that had the shape I wanted for the curve....I found it in my a huge metal squarish-roundish pot. I then took a stencil of the part I wanted on some scrap cardboard, lined the edges up with the squares and traced around them on both sides.
Next, I followed the lines with some stain glass window color stuff making sure not to follow the lines that I didn't want - like the ones inside the squares and curves.
Once it was try, I just took a paper towel and erased my pencil marks.
Easy peasy!
Ballard Designs Mirrors
I'm loving this in my dining room. I've been changing that darn room every week and still can't get happy over it. I just don't know whats wrong with it. But, I think this is a good interim project that I'm happy enough with that it will stay there for awhile...I'm sure my husband will be happy also :)
Plus, having these extra mirrors in my house makes the light bounce around like crazy! I love it!
Here's the before:

And After:
A ton brighter, right?
Thank you Ballard Designs for your inspiration....once again :)

I just thought of this...I guess this is my 'knock-off' table. lol. Knock off Ballard mirrors and knock-off PB topiaries! Looove!
Have a great week!


76 comments:

  1. Beautiful idea Alicia! You are so very, very creative!!!

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  2. Love the mirrors. They look fantastic. Great idea and beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

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  3. Great job... so creative and resourceful! Love your blog. :)

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  4. Ew....love these. I had the same idea when I came across the $5 mirrors at Lowes but couldn't figure out how to get the lines. Thanks for the idea. You are awesome!

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  5. I am enthralled by them! What a great idea! I can't even believe how good they look in your home.. can't wait to see the client photos:)

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous! I am now mentally rearranging my living room to fit these in! Thanks for sharing :)

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  7. Great DIY! I've always loved these mirrors at Ballard. Just a thought... I wonder if you could use caulking for the lines? Maybe I'll have to give it a try!! :)

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  8. Hmmm--you've got me thinking :) I've been considering buying the Constance Mirrors, but I may just use your method instead! (Found you at Tip Junkie)

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  9. Thanks for sharing! Love what you did with the mirrors. $199 against $15, well done!

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  10. This is totally fabulous! I've been thinking about making something lise this but didn't know how I would do it!

    Thanks so much for the excellent tips :-)

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  11. So smart! I love these.

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  12. What a fabulous idea! I am seriously in awe! Gorgeous!

    Visiting from Tip Junkie :)

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  13. By the way you should totally submit this to knock off decor if you haven't already:)

    I came back to bookmark this and follow you.

    I am sooooo making these mirrors!!!

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  14. Love it... what an easy DIY project!

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  15. Great job, I'm heading to target this week to try these. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  16. Oh my goodness, those are beautiful! I love them!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  17. Brilliant Idea...that turned out great!

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  18. Stunning! I am going to feature this tomorrow!

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  19. I saw your blog on Inspiring Thursday from Delightful Order...I "CRAZY" love those mirrors...I'm moving to a smaller place in a couple months and plan to add mirrors to create bigger space...I might have to steal this ;-)

    I am now your newest follower...please stop on over to "My Crazy Beautiful Life" (Getting a new blog makeover) Hope to see you there!!!

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  20. You have the BEST ideas--and they look expensive! Thank you for another fantastic idea! I shared this project on my Friday Favorites post this week! Have a wonderful weekend . . .

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  21. I am completely blown away by this. Must try!! They look amazing. Thank you for such a great idea.

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  22. I have found my weekend project! I have been drooling over these mirrors for YEARS, seriously I would make out with these mirrors if it was possible and now (thanks to you) they can be mine!

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  23. Wow! Those are amazing, what a great job! Stopping by from SAS Day. I just had to take a look!

    Karen

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  24. Such a wonderfully cute idea! Really love it and wanted to share with my followers...
    and of course, I gave a link back to you!

    http://jelly-bean-dream.blogspot.com/2011/04/aloooooha-friday-wrap-up-i-want-that-in.html

    Thank you again!

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  25. Alright, I usually don't comment, but that ROCKS! Like, wow. !!!! I love it! I am now going to go back and read every post you have ever written..... :D

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  26. What a great idea! I LOVE it!! I would never have thought to use that glass stuff on a mirror. Great job!!

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  27. Brilliant idea! I love these! Will be featuring them on Tip Junkie Decorate soon!

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  28. Ingenious! Love the look and really love the price!

    Thanks for entering the Knock It Off contest and Good Luck!

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  29. Love them!!! I wanted the same mirros from BD but I was not paying the price either. I found similar ones at Bed, Bath & Beyond. This is how they came out. http://thedecorscene.blogspot.com/2011/04/house-tour-our-dining-room.html

    But your way was much cheaper then mine. ;-)

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  30. I love these! What a great idea to fill a large space! I am so going to use these! Thanks for the inspiration! also, the tutorial was fabulous. You think and talk like me. :) Have a wonderful day!!

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  31. You have been featured at my Hookin Up with HoH #45 party!

    Grab a button and tell the world!

    Would you mind helping to spread the word about my blog to your friends and followers? I would really appreciate the support!

    Thanks so much!!

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  32. Wow! Your mirrors turned out beautifully! What an ingenious method!

    New follower,
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  33. Just saw this on House of Hepworths, so cool. I thought at first you used vinyl strips, but NOOO you did that by hand? Oh my gosh, my hands are not that steady. I like this round of decor for the spot, it really looks "filled" now. Great job.

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  34. This is great! I featured this today. Stop by and grab a button if you'd like.
    http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/2011/04/delightfully-inspiring-thursday-party-8.html
    DaNita

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  35. Those are so awesome! Way to re-create something for less!!

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  36. Wow! I'm super impressed...great job on your knock off!! It turned out awesome!

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  37. This is amazing! I like yours even better than the Ballard ones. I can't believe you did that free-hand... you should have been a surgeon! Great job.

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  38. They look great and thanks for the tutorial! (And your dresser to desk re-do is all over twitter as well.)

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  39. I had to come back and feature this because it is so amazing! I know my viewers will LOVE IT!

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  40. Well aren't you a smarty pants! These are beautiful!! I'm your newest follower!
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  41. Awesome! That is a great idea!

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  42. Really stunning mirrors and so creative!! I am wondering if I could keep my hand steady!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    Come and enter my Fashionable Giveaway from the French Basketeer!

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  43. major improvement in your dining room! love it!

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  44. Amazing. I couldn't "PIN" this page fast enough to my boards. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  45. LOVE these!! Going on my PINterest board, too! I need to make these for my bedroom. Thanks for sharing. I'm joining from Delightful Order. I'm your newest follower!

    {HUGS},
    kristi

    http://ishouldbemoppingthefloor.blogspot.com

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  46. That's gorgeous!!! Love it! Would love it if you want to link up to my Dining Room Link Party! http://houseography.blogspot.com/2011/04/house-tour-room-by-room-link-up-party.html

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  47. Nice work! Those look totally amazing!!! Great tutorial too! Who knew it could be that easy!

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  48. Amazing! I think I'll have to try this:)

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  49. So smart! I have been wanting to do this to a mirror I have but didn't know what to use! I didn't even think about that stained glass window paint, great idea!

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  50. HI Alicia-
    I love these mirrors - Gallery Glass love it - such a cool project. They look fabulous the way you have them hung.

    My best- Diane

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  51. Just finished making these! I used your tutorial every step of the way. I got my mirror at Target as well. They were on sale this week for $4. Yippee! The mirrors turned out great! Just waiting for them to dry so I can hang them! Thanks for the great tutorials! And keep 'em coming! =)

    -Stephanie

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  52. Where do you buy the stain glass window color? Excited to try this!

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  53. Just discovered your site! You have some mad skills!!! I used to use gallary glass 15 yrs ago and loved it!These mirrors look great! Thanks for the tips!

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  54. Just finished making three mirrors using your instructions. Thank you! Everything went well, except my lines look a little more "squiggly" than yours :) Keeping a steady hand was the hardest part. Great project!@

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  55. Amazing! I've wanted those ballard mirrors forever.

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  56. Very nice copycat idea. For a little more cost, you could add a 1 x 4 frame around each, that would really look like Ballard's.

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  57. I hung a very large mirror directly across from an outside window ... as you come up drive ... it creates illusion of seeing straight through the house to the woods in the back ;-)

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  58. I'm working on my own version of this right now... But I'm getting fingerprints all over my mirror as I do so. Will the paint stay on the mirrors, scratch, or smear at all when I attempt to wipe off my lovely (not) fingerprints and smear marks?

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  59. I luv this so much that I am not only going to make a mirror, but I'm going to try it on the top half of my front house-windows!

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  60. Great way to make transom windows, too!

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  61. I love it that's it..How I wish I could do it too.

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  62. Beautiful and cool idea thumbs up for that......

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  63. Wow. They look amazing! I definitely want to try that out. Great job!

    Jackie

    jaclyncolville.com

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  66. So beautiful I had to copy it! I got black mirrors and black glass window color and added tiny rhinestones (with hot glue).
    They look amazing and I still can't believe they were 18€. Thank you for sharing your fantastic ideas.

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