So you know those old-school large unfinished mirrors that hang above your sink in the bathroom? Well, we had one of them. A year or so ago, my husband and I ended up redoing our bathroom and replaced the large mirror with two small framed mirrors from Marshall’s. But we still had this huge mirror sitting around, so we turned it sideways and put it in our bedroom for a full-length mirror so I could do my hair, try on outfits, etc. Yay for recycling!
For the longest time we just left it unfinished in the corner of the room, but we finally decided to frame it and spruce it up a bit, and all it took was a little time and under $60!
Here’s the lowdown…
-Mirror (ours was 42″ x 72″)
-Fluted trim (or any other decorative trim- we used three 7′ pieces and cut them down)
Other items needed: A few scrap wood pieces for clamping, clamps, chop (mitre) saw, foam brushes and rags
1) Measure and cut fluted trim to size.
2) Sand the rough edges.
3) Stain the fluted face, 2 edges and inside edge of the back (if you don’t get the back, you will see unstained wood when you go to attach the wood to the mirror– not pretty)
4) Seal with polyurethane if desired (we didn’t)
5) Glue and clamp to mirror (We did ours standing up to make it easier to clamp.) Be sure to use the scrap wood pieces to avoid clamping directly to glass and trim.
6) Optional: If you are resting the mirror against a wall, you can apply felt pads to the back of the mirror so it doesn’t damage your walls.
It’s all about re-purposing what you already have. We would never pay $500 or more for a mirror like this one from Pottery Barn or this one from Crate and Barrel (although I do love both stores, just sometimes not their prices!) I actually think ours looks pretty similar to both of those, but ours gets extra points because it was a DIY project for a fraction of the cost! Our grand total: $56.62!
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