Friday, July 25, 2014

DIY Mirrored Cube-ical

Okay, so I recently got an e-mail about this 'shelf' in the background of one of my photos and I decided to go ahead and do a full post on it. When John & I moved to Tulsa in June, we had all of the furniture for our bedroom & guest bedroom but we had zero furniture/decor for our dining room, living room, & my office. When we started shopping around for furniture we were discouraged at how quickly it all adds up! We decided that we will take things slowly & just get what we thought were essentials which included a couch & a desk! 

Anyway, my office area looked pretty sad with just a desk but I didn't want to spend a lot of money on other furniture   so I browsed the internet & found this tutorial on how to make a DIY mirrored cubical. I liked how she used two 9 cube-cubicles but my office area is not large enough for two. Personally, I loathe DIY projects because they NEVER turn out for me, ever. But I felt like it looked simple enough so I went for it, and I enjoyed seeing it come together. I didn't have much to lose because the project only cost $60 total. I am really happy with how it turned out considering it took very little time & is a nice place to store things here & there. 

Here's what you need:
6 Pack Mirror Wall Tiles ($7/pc) (I bought 2 packs.)
Heavy Books (John kindly donated his old medical school books to the project!)

John assembled it for me and it didn't take but maybe 20 minutes?!
I did one mirror at a time - they fit perfectly onto the back of each cube. The Gorilla Glue comes out clear - which is deceiving because when it dries it 'swells' up and turns white. I recommend going in with very little glue - and barely putting it around the edges. As soon as you've 'traced' the edges of the cube, gently lay down the mirror and if it needs to be adjusted... do it asap (mine all laid down just fine.) As soon as the one mirror is down, put a heavy book on top, but do it gently, so that you won't move the mirror. 
You'll know when it is dry because you'll see the white, puffy glue coming out in the cracks (which means I used too much glue!) I want to say I let them sit for 2 hours and then it was good-to-go! PS. I still haven't scraped off the dried glue, but supposedly its easy to get off!

 My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Voluspa candles were delivered while I was taking these photos so I threw one in- they smell SO good! And, the blue Steve Madden pumps, too. (They are oddly comfortable.)

Rug is here.
Books are here, here, & here.
Pink Datebook is here. (It's for 2015)
Gold candle is here.
Acrylic trays are here & here. (They have so many other trays I want!)

Here are some fun things that are on my wish list... (and my outfit below that.)


  1. Wow it looks amazing. Not sure if I were able to make one :)

    xx Mira

  2. LOVE this idea! Especially for a shoe shelf! I bet it really opens up a space by reflecting light back too! Have a great weekend!

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    <3, Christina

  3. Love this! Very creative and great finished product.

  4. What a fabulous idea!


  5. Love this DIY, mostly because it seems so simple!! It gives the room such a great touch. The mirrors really open it!

    Xo, Kayla

  6. Love this! Cant wait to try this. Thank you for posting all the deets!

  7. Wow, I absolutely love this! Such an easy DIY that looks amazing!

    XO, Tori @ Victoria Grace

  8. Emily this is such a great DIY! It turned out wonderfully! I always hate having those cubed shelf with the backs exposed- I have a few that I want to add wallpaper to the back & may have to add mirrors to one now as well.... love!

  9. That turned out great! I love simple DIY's.


  10. Love this DIY! It sounds more doable than some others and it looks great!


  11. Absolutely beautiful! I will have to do this <3

    Sweet Madame Blue

  12. What a cute idea! I love how you set it all up - you are so creative :)

    xx, Alexa

  13. That's such an amazing idea and looks amazing too. So tempted to try it out!

    x ♥

  14. Wow! This may be the best DIY post I have seen to date! Everything about this post just screams adorable! I love how the mirrors spruce up the cubicle. I definitely need to get on it and make one for myself! All the accessories like the royal blue heels, nail polish bowl, and clover shaped mirror are just darling. You have such great taste! Thanks for sharing!


  15. So cool! thanks for sharing!
    XO Janina

  16. What an adorable idea! I think I see this in my future! love it!

  17. I am obsessed with this idea! Pinning this for future reference!


  18. This is so pretty, I love it! Thanks for sharing.


  19. Amazing!
    Definitely bookmarking this post! So awesome!
    I love it!
    -Adrienne. xo

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  20. This is amazing!! I have been wanting to do something like this for quite some time! Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. STOP IT!!!!!!!! This is seriously the best idea ever! I was totally planning on getting a cubicle storage thing to use as our tv stand in the bedroom, but was just going to get drawers, this is so much better! I want to display my shoes!!!!!!

  22. This would be the perfect addition for my dorm room next year! Thanks for posting this, it is awesome!!

  23. love this! i have one of these shelves in my office, and the mirrored back looks so much cuter! i might have to try it out :)

  24. This is chic and affordable! Love this idea! Thanks for the post! :) especially since I'm not a huge DIY girl either. Lol


  25. Wow so cute! The mirrors definitely make the space look larger and adds more color to the room!

  26. I love this DIY! I can't wait to give it a try! & I'm so in love with those Steve Madden heels! So cute!

    Have a great week!


  27. Thanks for sharing! I'd love to do this for my place. I bet it felt so good to complete it yourself!

    XO Strawberry Chic

  28. Love this post. Great talent, wonderful finished product.

  29. Stop this is so so gorgeous!! Be proud of yourself!! Amazing work!
    Martina XX

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