I feel that everyone needs a full length mirror. But if you are cheap like me, you will only buy the $6 one at target. Yes it gets the job done but it has no character. And they are flimsy. My kids broke the last one we had by sitting on it. Don’t worry no one was hurt.
It’s been my fear that was going to happen again. So I decided to DIY my full length mirror. I wanted it stronger, bigger, and nicer looking. And here is how it turned out.
What do you think? I think it looks pretty amazing, if you ask me. I wanted to share with you how I gave my $6 mirror a makeover.
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– $6 full length mirror or 12″x48″ mirror
– 1″x8″x 11ft board (2-6ft boards would work)
– 1″x2″x 13.5ft board (2-8ft boards would work)
– 1/2″x3/4″x 10.5ft trim board (2-5.25ft boards would work)
– liquid nails
– nails (optional)
Tools:- miter saw
– miter saw
– Kreg Jig
– air compressor w/nail gun (optional)
– window razor
– razor blade
Cut List: (actual Size of the wood)
2- 7 1/4″x21 1/4″ (top & bottom)
2- 7 1/4″x42 3/4″ (sides)
2- 3/4″x22 3/4″ (top & bottom outside trim)
2- 3/4″x57 1/4″ (outside side trim)
2- 1/2″x13″ (top & bottom inside trim)
2-1/2″x48″ (inside side trim)
First, I removed the mirror from the old frame. To do this, I placed the mirror face down on the floor and removed the paper backing. Then I took my razor blade and cut right along the frame (between the mirror and frame).
After cutting the glue that was holding the mirror to the frame, the mirror came out. Then I used my window razor to clean the glue off the mirror, being careful not to scratch or break the mirror.
I then cut all my wood pieces. I used a lot of wood I already had for this project, so please excuse the not matching wood. After cutting all of the wood, I created two Kreg Jig pockets on both ends of the sides (7 1/4″x42 3/4″).
Then I sanded all the wood using 220 grit sandpaper.
Now it’s time to start creating the frame. Taking all 4 of the 7 1/4″ boards, place them face down on the ground. Putting the smaller board on the top & bottom and sandwiching the long boards between. I then screwed the boards together using the pockets I previously created.
Next I added the trim around the outside. Using my nail gun with 1″ nails, I first attached the long side trim then I attached the top & bottom trim pieces. (If you do not have nail gun, use the Kreg Jig and create pockets all around the frame then attach trim with screws)
After I then attached the 1/2″x3/4″ trim. First I nailed the 13″ board to one of the 48″ boards. Then nailed the other 48″ boards to the other side of the 13″ board. Then I attached the other 13″ board the same way, creating a rectangle with the trim.
Then I placed the 1/2″ trim onto the frame, and centered it on the frame. The easiest way I found to center the trim was by placing 3 shims along all the sides , see photo below. Then I nailed the trim into place, you could use liquid nails instead.
Now it was time to add the shims to the frame. To do this, I took a handful of the shims to my miter saw and cut them at all different lengths. I did lightly sand the shims with 22o grit sandpaper after. Then I placed them around the frame randomly, making my own shim puzzle. I did use my razor blade to trim down some shims to the right size I needed.
After all my shims were in place and I liked the look, I then used liquid nails to glue them into place. I let the frame sit for 24 hours so the glue would dry.
Next I stained the frame with a mixed blend of Golden Pecan & Special Walnut. I did not let the stain sit for very long because I did not want the frame very dark.
Then I finished things off with one coat of Poly.
After the poly dried I added the mirror to the frame with some liquid nails.
And now we have a custom full length mirror.
What do you think? I have been wanting to use shims to create a textured look for a while and I am loving the resolute.
Now for the cost breakdown:
mirror – $6
8″ board -$13 (mine were FREE)
1″x2″ board – $4 (mine were FREE)
1/2″x3/4″ trim – $7.10
liquid nails – $2.60
shims – $5
screws, stain, & poly – FREE (already had)
TOTAL = $37.70, my total = $20.70
Anyone else want to DIY a mirror? You could even do this for a picture frame.