How to Make a Terrazzo Mirror With Geneva Vanderzeil
After finding an arched mirror at my local hardware store, I knew I had to do something fun with it. I had some leftover terrazzo pieces from a previous project which were going to be perfect to create a colourful and on-trend frame.
This is a very simple project to make and a fabulous addition to your front entry or anywhere in your home!
What you need
To make this terrazzo mirror, you will need:
- MDF board
- Arched mirror
- Pieces of stone in variety of textures
- Liquid Nails
- Wide set grout and applicator
- A mallet
- A large cloth
- Dry and wet sponge
Approximate time: 3 hours (excluding drying times)
The project step by step
The first thing is to cut an MDF board into a frame. I traced out the mirror on my board and went to work with my jigsaw, leaving only the frame at the end.
You can use any stone when creating a terrazzo finish, such as chips of marble, granite and quartz. I’m using a selection of black, white and grey. It is always good when you can use leftover items from an old project. This time, however, I needed to make my pieces smaller to fit the frame. Using a mallet and a cloth, I was able to break up the stone into the perfect size. The cloth is important as it protects you from being hit by any flying piece of stone.
Sort out where all your pieces of stone will look best on the frame. Be sure to evenly distribute the varying stones and colours. I love this part, although I always feel tempted to keep rearranging.
Once you are happy with your arrangement use Liquid Nails to glue them all down. Allow a few hours to let it dry.
Next grout around the stone. I am using a wide set grout, which is a cement-based product and ideal for filling in the gaps of 5mm – 50mm. I made it slightly thicker than usual but it worked well tying all my elements together.
Let your stonework dry for a few hours before wiping off the excess grout with a wet cloth.
Leave your frame for a few days to allow it to be completely set before buffing it with a dry sponge.
The final step is to glue the frame onto the mirror using Liquid Nails. Carefully lift the mirror into position and let it dry overnight. And there you have it, a somewhat easy terrazzo mirror!
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