The first is a DIY sunburst mirror. I love sunburst mirrors. They're all the rage right now. Again, they were all the rage a year ago on the mainland and I think they're just hitting Hawaii, but anyway. For the last 3 years, I have struggled with deciding what to put above our couch in the our living room. On the wall adjacent to the couch, we have this rectangular frame of a beautiful orchid giclee print (which was a gift) done by Jocelyn Cheng, a second cousin of my husband's.
Nice to have talented relatives! And on the wall opposite from the couch is this triptych o f photos we took when traveling (the first is of a fisherman's boat in Madras, India, the second the glaciers in Patagonia and the third a wall in Morocco), which is over black and white wedding photos of my parents, in-laws and our grandparents. Again, more rectangles and squares.
I wasn't sure I wanted another painting (I figured that would be too much going on), or a rectangular mirror. I'm obsessed with these mirrors that I see this designer Erinn Valencich use on hgtv.com
Then, I came across this DIY sunburst mirror on Centsational Girl
It uses paint sticks and an embroidery hoop. So, I decided to try it. My mirror cost a little more because I paid for the paint sticks (23 cents each) and the hard part was finding the longer paint sticks. I went to 3 different home improvement stores - Lowe's, City Mill and Home Depot and all of them only had the shorter paint sticks. Then, it occurred to me that a paint center for professional painters would probably have longer paint sticks since they use 5 gallon paint cans. So, I hit the jackpot at the Glidden Professional Paint Center on King Street.
paint colors, mixing paint until it was exactly what I wanted for the space.