I wanted a Cool Framed Mirror for Madison’t Bedroom and to buy one the size that I wanted, it was going to cost around $70 – $100. Being the
cheapskate frugal DIY gal that I am, I decided to make one.
I had a builders’ mirror from my last house that I had already cut to size (we just moved before I got around to framing it). While I did not intend to have this crappy piece of mirror carefully crated and shipped to our new home, I wasn’t watching everything that was going on at the same time. I only have 2 eyes, after all. So, here it is.
I decided to use the mirror AND the crating wood for my frame. Free!
I cut my crate wood to size and cut Rabbets on the edge of all the pieces. For that, I lowered my saw blade to 1/4″ and ran the wood through a few times until the rabbet was about 3/8″ wide.
*The outside edge is covered so I cut the rabbet all the way to the end of each board.
I assembled the frame using pocket hole screws and then covered the entire back with a 1/4″ piece of hardboard!
There are so many different ways you could finish a DIY Framed Mirror. It would look really cool at this point to stain it really dark and distressed. Like I did my Distressed Wood Countertops in my Workshop. However, that would not have worked in Madison’s bedroom.
I added some trim to the inside and covered the outside edge with strips of 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ MDF. At this point, the whole Mirror could be painted and you’d be done…
…but I didn’t. I cut a WHOLE bunch of thin strips of wood and painted them in shades of grey and blue. And just a few yellow.
I used this handy Thin Rip Table Saw Jig I bought from Rockler.
I used my new 18 ga nail gun that I bought from Harbor Freight Tools for $18 to nail them on. Not one of them split and my nailgun didn’t jam once. LOVE my new nail gun. Who woulda’ thought? Note: This is NOT the nailer/stapler combo gun. I hate combo guns…see my “How to use an air compressor and nail gun” video if you want to hear me rant about that. JK. I don’t think I rant.
I wanted to see the holes. It’s rustic. If you don’t, you might want to use caulk to glue them on (same as you would Applying Beadboard to Cabinets.)
Because those builder mirrors are so dang heavy, I used a heavy duty picture hanger on the back to hang it on the wall. It is tall enough to lean against the wall on the floor but because it’s right in the path from the entrance to the room and the closet, I didn’t want to take up any floor space.
I love how it turned out and now Madison doesn’t have to run back and forth to my closet to check her outfit every day. That cuts down on about 30 precious morning minutes for us!
Mornings are difficult enough already. LOL
Tags: DIY, Mirrors