Materials: 10 Malma Black-Brown mirrors, 8 straight joiners, 8 L brackets, box of 4×1/2 tiny screws, two hinges
Description: I had a bunch of old Malma mirrors lying around and figured it was time to do something with them (read: I’m sick of making Swiss cheese out of the walls trying to line them all up grid-style; and I needed another nightstand, and I didn’t want to buy wood). So, for a first go at building anything from scratch and without plans, I set out to use what I had on hand (minus the 4 trips to the hardware store for screws, joiners, etc.) to make something new.
First, I sorted my mirrors to use the nicest ones towards the top, and the scratched one on the bottom. I used the straight joiners to attach two mirrors vertically. This I did four times (two joiners for each mirror). This created four tall rectangular boards.
Then, I attached a mirror to the bottom — centered so it would be inset — using the L brackets. After that, I used the hinges to attach the top mirror to create an top-opening lid. I thought it would be nice to have a bit of storage for an extra blanket, etc.
I bailed on adding a knob/handle since the lid sticks over enough to open easily. I’m considering adding some sort of embellishment… any ideas? I’ve also thought about adding feet. Open to ideas.
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