How to combine a basic flush mount light and a sunburst mirror to make a custom designer dupe DIY light fixture.
Well, add sunburst mirror to the list of things I never thought I’d repurpose because we just made the cutest DIY light fixture with one for the playroom!
As I was scrolling through all of my go-to light fixture stores online, these sunburst style light fixtures kept catching my eye, but I wasn’t about to spent $1,000 for a light in our kids’ playroom.
I knew I wanted something large, statement-making, and whimsical that wouldn’t break our budget.
This DIY light fixture combining a basic flush mount light with a sunburst mirror was the perfect solution that we were about to do in about 2 hours!
And it turned out absolutely adorable!
Here’s how the playroom looked last week with the old light fixture after we added the cabinet doors to the IKEA built-ins and painted them our favorite blue grey paint color Romabio Carolina Sky.
Since we are changing the furniture layout and need more flexibility without a table always underneath, we needed to change the pendant light to a flush mount light.
And I felt like the boho weave light didn’t really work for the style we are going for in here.
Here’s how to make the DIY light fixture.
DIY Light Fixture from a Sunburst Mirror
- Sunburst mirror of your choosing (we used this one)
- Flush mount light fixture slightly smaller than the diameter of the glass mirror (we used this one)
- Gold spray paint (optional if the mirror frame is already painted)
- Rub n Buff Antique Gold
- Small paint brush
- Stud finder
- 2″ drywall screws
- Remove the glass mirror from the sunburst frame by loosening the screws on the back with the screwdriver.
2. If you need, paint the sunburst mirror frame with gold spray paint and/or Antique Gold Rub n Buff.
I did both since I was working with a wooden mirror frame, and I wanted to make sure it was completely covered in the gold (if your frame is already gold, I wouldn’t worry about spray painting). The Rub n Buff gave it a great extra layer of dimension.
3. Paint any visible metal of the flush mount light fixture with the Antique Gold Rub n Buff too so that the mirror frame and flush mount light will look like one seamless piece.
4. Next, install the flush mount light fixture in the ceiling.
5. Place the mirror frame surrounding the light fixture next, attaching it to the ceiling with screws secured into studs.
6. Using a small paint brush, apply more of the Rub n Buff Antique Gold to the ceiling in the gap between the flush mount light fixture and the mirror frame.
Ta da! A new sunburst DIY light fixture!
When Regan saw it in the playroom, she immediately said, “It’s Rapunzel’s flower!” And I realized that’s exactly what it looks like: just like the magic golden flower in Rapunzel.
It seems rather fitting considering the art I have planned for in here has a very woodland fairytale Renaissance princess sort of feel to it.
What do you think? Maybe a DIY light fixture is something you’d try sometime? I’ll never look at round mirror frames the same way again, that’s for sure.