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DIY Light Fixture Made from a Repurposed Sunburst Mirror

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.

sunburst mirror and flush mount light fixture to make a statement making DIY light

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.

playroom before

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

Supplies

  • 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)
  • Screwdriver
  • Gold spray paint (optional if the mirror frame is already painted)
  • Rub n Buff Antique Gold
  • Small paint brush
  • Stud finder
  • 2″ drywall screws

Steps

removing mirror from sunburst
  1. 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.

painting a sunburst mirror to make a diy light
painting a sunburst mirror

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.

painting rub n buff on a sunburst mirror

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.

painting rub n buff on a light fixture

4. Next, install the flush mount light fixture in the ceiling.

diy light fixture made from a repurposed sunburst mirror to look like a sunflower light

5. Place the mirror frame surrounding the light fixture next, attaching it to the ceiling with screws secured into studs.

diy sunflower light fixture

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.

diy light fixture made from a repurposed sunburst mirror

Ta da! A new sunburst DIY light fixture!

sunburst mirror diy light fixture in a playroom

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.

sunburst mirror diy light fixture in a playroom

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.

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29 Comments

  1. This is so pretty! I agree that there are a lot of mirrors out there that would make great ceiling medallions for lights. I have one that is a huge rattan rounded flower shape from Hobby Lobby. Great job, and I love Regan’s imagination…Tangled is so magical, it’s my daughter’s favorite also and she is 22! In fact, she has a small Thomas Kincade canvas art piece in her room of the scene in the boat with the lanterns💕.

  2. That is fabulous! Would you please explain how you mark the studs to find them when you are covering the studs with the sunburst (if that makes sense)?

  3. I think you are very creative and talented. I also appreciate the ability to repurpose with items that are reasonably priced so that everyone feels they can have style without spending tons. Love your blog.

  4. So cute!!! I have trouble finding light fixtures that I like in my price range. That’s the best one I’ve seen in a long time!

  5. Love this look! Love the starburst mirror and thinking of using it on a wall at a condo near the beach. I noticed your mantle items: drawing of two girls and head vase. Where did you get both of these? I have one grand and one on the way. Would like something like this for their mother.

  6. Hi, your links, as to where you bought everything, aren’t working. I specifically would like to know where you got the flush mount light. Thank you.
    It’s really a cute design.

    1. Hi Susie! Thanks for letting me know! I’ll see if I can fix it. Can you tell me if the links are clickable and they just take you to nowhere? Or do you just click and nothing happens? Knowing that will help me fix the issue. Thank you so much!

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