I have two boys, both of whom have inherited the car gene that runs throughout my husband's side of the family. Before I met my husband, I always appreciated a nice looking car and the tradition behind making them. After all, my father worked 42 years at Ford Motor Co. Once I met my husband though, I learned what true passion really is really about. They are all true car aficionados and I love that it is something that ties his whole family all together.
My husband has a classic car, his father has three and all the other uncles and cousins, for the most part, have at least one classic car. The first time I went to my future IL's house, my husband and I walked through the house to the garage where my FIL was. He looked at me and said, "Its ok that you had your shoes on in the house, but you're in the garage now. You need to take them off." He was kidding of course, but he does keep a clean garage!
So, when we moved and were choosing which decor route to go with for my oldest son's room, we knew it would be a car theme. One of my favorite things in the room is this:
I first saw an article a few years or so ago on BHG about making a mirror like this. I mentally filed it away until we moved and then got started on it once we moved. Because my husband is a
hoarder collector of car related things, he had a stash of old license plates for me to go through and choose from.
There's really nothing complicated to making this. To make mine, I used a .5" thick piece of plywood that was 15 1/2" x 15 1/2". I painted in red with a gallon of BM paint that I found at ACO for .50! (No kidding!)
Using a ruler, I drew a line from one corner to the next, making an "x" on the board. Your mirror and license plates will cover the "x", so don't worry about it showing.
I then secured a 10" square mirror that I bought at Michaels in the center with mirror mastic. To get it straight, line up your corners so they are all touching a line.
After that was secure, I took four license plates that were all the same size and figured out a layout that looked best. Once I had that figured out, I used more mirror mastic to glue them to the board, framing the mirror. Be sure to not put the mastic too close to the screw holes or it will seep out once you add pressure to the plates. Now, all you need to do it find some heavy books to add some pressure to the plates so they stay secure while they dry.
This BHG link will show you how to add a wire to hang your mirror. We opted to just use one of these and it is as secure as can be.
We let it sit overnight before hanging it and it was an instant hit with my son!
Here it is again:
Here are a few more shots of my son's room so you can see how well the mirror fits in with everything else.
And whoever guesses who came up with the design for this mural and can tell me how they knew wins top honors:
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