After deciding I was going to for sure make a vanity mirror, I looked into the process and found that Youtube has come to save the day. There are many DIY Vanity Mirror videos on youtube giving me step by step instructions. Realistically, it isn’t too difficult. The idea is pretty straight forward. However, it could get more complicated depending on how high quality I want the mirror to be.
Seeing as this is my first kind of physical and functional project, I want to keep it pretty simple while still challenging myself to learn things like wiring the lightbulbs and make them have dimming capabilities.
Mainly, I am very determined to keep this under 75 dollars. (they sell for a couple hundred!) After getting the materials for the prototype phase, I believe I will reach this goal. I used a mirror I already had and removed the frame it was in, purchased vanity bars that house the lightbulbs (2x $12.00) and purchased one roll of contact paper ($8.00) to use on the vanity bars to achieve my aesthetic goals. This brings my total up to $32 dollars so far. I have to purchase light bulbs and extension cords and any other wires I might need (I have no idea yet because i don’t know how to do this! Need to research or utilize my teammates!) So I should be able to stay within my money constraint.
Despite what it showed online, Home Depot did not have marble contact paper (the aesthetic I was going for) so I went with second best. A white paper with black and grey speckles. It looks kind of like cement? Don’t know what it is supposed to be but I like it!
Below is the work I have been able to complete. I hung up the vanity bars and mirror with thumb tacks temporarily just so I could get an idea of what it would look like. I’m happy with it so far