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Maybe you can't afford to actually buy celebrity homes, but you can take inspiration from them. Here's a sneak peek into Jessica Alba's former Beverly Hills home, and illustrated instructions for how to make the eye-catching mirror/shelf combo that adorns her entryway wall.

Jessica Alba, celebrity homes(Left) The entryway to Jessica Alba's former home in Beverly Hills features a wood-framed beveled mirror with shelf. Photo: Realtor.com (Right) Alba at a red carpet event. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/VF1/WireImage.com.

Ever wish you could peek inside a celebrity's home? Us too. So when we got a look inside Jessica Alba's former Balinese-style home in Beverly Hills, we were enchanted with this mirror and shelf in the entryway.

Think about it: A mirror with a shelf in the entryway solves so many problems. It's a place to check your hair and makeup when you leave the house (ok, maybe it won't look as polished as Alba's, but still...). It's a place to set your keys when you get back home. And it's a handy spot to set things you want to remember, like outgoing mail, and a place for small vases of flowers that will get noticed.

But the first thing we really thought when we saw the wall-hung furnishing was, "That looks pretty easy to make!"

So we asked Gary M. Katz of THISisCarpentry to show us how to make the exact mirror with shelf from Jessica's abode. As you can see, the frame in Jessica's house is simple and modern with a straight shelf supported by a single bracket (also known as a corbel). We've added an extra corbel (the supportive member beneath the shelf) to make it sturdier.

The creation of this mirrored shelf will focus on three main tasks - 1) making the frame and shelf, 2) installing and securing the mirror, and 3) hanging your handiwork on the wall. Let's get to work!

TOOLS
Miter saw
Pocket-hole jig (to assemble the frame)
Router with a 1/2 –in. bit (to cut a groove in the frame for the mirror to fit)
Drill/screwdriver
Clamps

MATERIALS
Three 1-x-6-in. x 8 ft. pieces of pine or other lumber (for the frame, shelf, and corbles)
Two 1x2-in. x 8 ft. piece of pine or other lumber (for the back band)
Two 1/2-x-1 1/2-in. x 6 ft. pine or other lumber for the glass stop
Fast-acting glue or carpenter's wood glue
Brads (small nails)
A beveled mirror (which you will have cut to fit your frame)
Long, pan-head hardened-steel screws



Kathy Price-Robinson is a home improvement author. Read more of her stories at Kathy's Remodeling Blog.



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