How To: Turn Dowel Rods Into Faux West Elm Decor

How To: Turn Dowel Rods Into Faux West Elm Decor

Sarah Rae Smith
Sep 17, 2008

Several weekends ago, we checked out the newest West Elm store out in Leawood, Kansas. In the same day we also stopped in at the hardware store to pick up a few things. What do the two have to do with each other? Click through the jump to find out....

We came across this mirror that was made of small sticks cut into discs, adhered and then lacquered. It's priced at $150, which isn't bad. But we think you could do it for less! Much less!

Use a small saw (scroll, band, jig... whatever you happen to have) to cut twigs from your own back yard, or for more consistancy, dowel rods from the hardware store. Try to make the pieces uniform in length and adhere them to an inexpensive mirror (try stores like Old Time Pottery or Big Lots, even big boxes like Target or WalMart to find a mirror with an small price tag).
Hot Glue or Craft Glue can be used to adhere your new small wooden discs to the mirror.
Check out the paint aisle for a can of spray lacquer (typically with the clear sealants for about $5 a can). You may of course kick it old school and use an actual can of sealant and a brush... but we do love our spray paint here at AT:Chicago.

All that's left to do is stand back and admire your handiwork. If you don't feel like taking on such a large project, you can scale down the same effect to be used on a photo frame, end table top or even a coaster or two. Don't forget to have fun, and please remember to follow the safety precautions on your power tools!

Photos by Sarahrae

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