I’m running behind with sharing some of the projects that I made and today I want to finally share my Ikea Mongstad mirror makeover using my favorite faux grasscloth wallpaper again. I have had this mirror for at least 8 years and grew kind of tired of it feeling like a dark hole in our staircase.
I’ve been wanting a big mirror in a better area for my daughter and me to see ourselves when we got dressed. After changing up the hallway with my wood bleached dresser makeover, I had the idea to use the same faux grasscloth wallpaper that I used for my Ikea Besta makeover to give the Mongstad mirror a new look. This time in a different color though.
Ikea MONGSTAD mirror info
The Ikea MONGSTAD mirror was replaced by the Ikea SANDTORG mirror which doesn’t have the same thick flat frame anymore. If you are here to find a similar mirror to the MONGSTAD, other brands and retailers sell similar versions. Check out what I have found and the thumbnails take you to the retailers.
Ikea MONGSTAD faux grasscloth wallpaper makeover
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- 1 roll of tan faux grasscloth peel and stick paper
- credit card or ID
- craft knife or box cutter
- metal ruler
Our staircase is pretty dark. The bad cellphone photo below sums it up.
The nice camera photo of the staircase with the mirror in the background definitely shows what my lighting kit can do when taking a nice professional photo. That is not how light and airy our staircase is. I didn’t like looking at clothes I was trying on in the landing and the lighting isn’t nice either. I mean it’s nice enough for walking the stairs but too dark to use the mirror.
Here is the old mirror that hung in the hallway before…not bad but a lot smaller. And do you want to see a blast from the past? It’s the light fixture on the ceiling! It’s one of my first DIYs when I started my blog in 2012. I made it out of a bowl from HomeGoods. I keep feeling like it is time to replace that light too 😉
The faux grasscloth wallpaper box notes that you shouldn’t stick the paper to anything textured. The Ikea Mongstad mirror has a slight faux wood texture and I decided to give it a try anyway and it worked and has held up great so far.
Clean the mirror well with a krud cutter or any other degreaser/cleaner. Let it dry
I started out applying the faux grasscloth wallpaper with the mirror propped on the side.
From there I started to tape the sticky side to the outside edge of the mirror. As you can see below the paper started to be wavy. It was doable to smooth the paper out over the edge but a little tricky. Thankfully you can easily remove the paper and restick it onto the surface.
I smoothed the bubbles out mostly with my hand and a clean towel. The corner is easily trimmed with the craft knife. All you need to do is let the mitered corner crease guide you while cutting.
When I stuck the paper to the inside corner, I didn’t even have to cut the paper since my ID did the job easily as you can see below.
Then I turned the mirror around and repeated the same thing.
On the shorter sides, I decided to stick the paper to the front side of the frame first because I was running out of paper and wanted to see if I could piece areas together.
See below, I was able to easily piece everything together. You can’t tell at all and even if you could, those areas aren’t visible anyways when the mirror hangs on the wall.
Don’t be afraid of messing up. I had two areas too where I slipped while cutting and I just made a little patch out of leftover paper and stuck it over my mistake. You can’t tell.
I almost wish I could keep it downstairs because the paper looks so good with the floor.
The paper kind of looks metallic and changes in different lighting. I love that it looks like it has texture but is completely smooth.
Finished Ikea MONGSTAD makeover using faux grasscloth wallpaper
To the right of this dresser is our staircase and I have recently shown how to install a carpet runner on stairs. It’s such a great update and look.
See more of my DIY furniture makeovers
I used some of the leftover faux grasscloth wallpaper on the desk cubbies of the desk makeover where I’m showing you how to make cherry wood furniture look modern.
And I also used the same paper in blue for my Ikea Besta transformation. There is also a video tutorial to show how I used the paper.
That’s it for today! I’m currently working on another giant tassel, so stay tuned. I can’t wait to share it with you but it might take a little longer because I am DIYing that at the beach.