We created a DIY wood frame mirror for the powder room makeover. I love the brackets that give it a farmhouse industrial style. Plus, making it was really simple since there was no miter saw necessary!
The mirror was the perfect project for this $100 bathroom makeover, because we already had a square sheet mirror we took down when we renovated the master bathroom. The best way to stick to a budget is to use what you already have, right?
We removed the mirror shortly after moving in, then hid it behind our dresser for years. This $100 bathroom makeover was the perfect opportunity to put it to use!
I even had L brackets left over from temporarily baby proofing the deck when we first moved in. The icing on the cake was finding the perfect piece of wood at the Habitat Restore. In the end, this project was just a few dollars to assemble!
DIY Wood Frame Mirror Supplies:
- sheet mirror ( Or, simply reframe a thrift store mirror or have a mirror cut. If you need to cut your own mirror, you will need a glass cutter.)
- roughly 1″x4″ wood (I used just over 8′ for my 24″ x 30″ mirror)
- L brackets
- wood stain
- 1″ screws
- black spray paint
- Staple gun and staples (optional)
- mirror adhesive
We cut wood to size for our mirror frame. Since our mirror is approximately 24″×30″, I cut the pieces about 26″ and 32″.
I gave the frame pieces a couple coats of stain before assembly. I also sprayed the metal L brackets and screws with flat black spray paint.
To assemble the frame, I started with a staple gun. I put the wood pieces good side down and stapled the frame together.
This helped keep it stable and straight while I was screwing in the brackets.
We purchased a simple scoring tool to cut the mirror to the right size. After measuring out the line, we clamped a large straightedge to the mirror to create the cut line.
Carefully putting pressure on the mirror, we scored along the cut line. Jason took it out on the deck to snap it, and of course I forgot pictures. Sometimes, I’m just a terrible blogger!
Cracking the mirror was nervewracking! It definitely wasn’t a perfect cut, but it was relatively straight. Since we were covering it with the wood frame anyway, it worked great for us!
We taped off the rough edge to prevent any accidental hand slicing before we installed the frame.
Since this was an upcycled sheet mirror and not an old wall mirror, I wasn’t sure how to safely mount any hanging hardware to the back. Our solution was to mount the mirror to the wall before adding the wood frame. We mounted it like a sheet mirror, but used washers to keep it fairly flush to the wall.
Here it is mounted to the wall. Next, we installed the frame.
To install the wood frame, I applied the mirror adhesive in a wavy pattern along the entire back of the frame, leaving a little space from the edge. We positioned it onto the sheet mirror. Jason held it in place a few minutes while I went crazy taping it. I was afraid it would fall off the wall, can you tell? In hindsight, I’m not really sure that painters tape would help much anyway!
But, the adhesive did it’s job perfectly…I really was worried for nothing!
Here is the finished mirror in our bathroom. This project was lots of fun, and easily finished in one afternoon!