I’m just sayin’, if you are married to me, you should really know better than to say things like:
when I show you pictures of things like this weathered octagon mirror I first saw on YHL and later found on pinterest which retails for about $348. (It was on shopterrain.com but it’s not there anymore.)
Because when people who I’m married to say things like that, octagonal mirrors just LEAP onto their to-do list and no one can do anything to stop it.
Did I mention it cost us zero dollars? Zero. Like, $348, and then 100 percent off. Just so we’re clear on the price.
If you read many DIY home blogs, you’re probably already sick to death of the pallet wood trend, and you’re thinking that I probably need to stop calling this a DIY blog because I haven’t used any pallets yet. Hopefully I’ll redeem myself today by jumping on this trend just as it’s dying its long, slow death.
So we found this pallet just hanging out by one of our neighbor’s trash cans, and like the classy neighbors we are, we hid in the cloak of night as we threw it in the back of our car and sped away.
We started by carefully prying each board off the pallet, but then we took the easy power tool route instead and just sawed the boards right off.
Then Andy used his fancy geometric wizardry to cut eight of the boards into an octagon at 135 degrees with his miter saw.
But it wasn’t easy. The pallet wood is VERY imperfect. It comes in all different thicknesses and widths, which made the project much more difficult than expected for that poor sap who married me.
And to make matters worse, you really need a very precise angle to get the whole octagon to come out perfectly, and most miter saws aren’t precise enough, so you get some of this action:
At this point the guy I’m married to proved that he’s more strategic and scheming than I’d given him credit for, because he completely validated the “need” for a new toy, I mean tool. We ordered this digital protractor, which allowed him to get the exact angle he needed down to 1/10 of a degree.
Wasn’t that smart of him to finagle a new tool out of this project? Once he had the octagon angles right, he cut a little groove in each piece to hold the mirror.
And added trim to the outside of each of the eight pieces using more of the pallet wood.
Then it was time to cut the mirror. We lucked out a couple years ago when someone was giving away several large, 8-foot-tall sheets of mirror on craigslist. We hauled those giant pieces of mirror all the way across town without even knowing what we’d do with them, but today we finally redeemed that trip of yesteryear!
Andy cut a square of mirror, then cut the corners off to make an octagon.
And finally, he assembled it all using a pin-nailer and wood glue, under Weston’s careful supervision.
After last month’s giant mantle disaster, he made sure to reinforce the back with some wood scraps.
And we hung it up! It won’t live on the mantle permanently, but it is kind of rustic and autumn-ish, so that’s where she’ll stay for now.
I love the colors in the wood and the rustic texture.
Not bad for zero dollars, right? (Did I mention it was free?) Technically Andy’s new toy added to the cost, but I’ll just subtract that cost from his monthly allowance.
And I think he secretly loves these kinds of projects because they allow him to honestly tell his math students that there are times in life when you WILL need to know the interior angle of an octagon. You’re welcome, honey.
Do you often find yourself wondering about the interior angles of polygons? Does the person you’re married to know what phrases result in more jobs for them? Have you done a pallet wood project?