A DIY full length mirror is cheap and easy to make and you can add your own design to make it truly unique!
Do you ever leave your house without checking your mirror and later regret it?
Like, you’re walking down the sidewalk and you don’t see the plastic size sticker on your new jeans or shirt that you forgot to remove.
Or maybe you missed a great moment to check your posture in front of the mirror and start your day off with confidence!
Somewhere in your house, there’s a plain, underappreciated, full length mirror that is just waiting for its day to be noticed.
But if you are cheap like me, you will only buy the $6 one at Target. Sure, it gets the job done but it has no character or style. And it’s flimsy! My kids broke the last one we had by sitting on it. (Don’t worry, no one was hurt.)
But I was worried that it would happen again so I decided to DIY my full-length mirror. I wanted something stronger, larger, and fancier.
And here is how it turned out:
What do you think? A huge difference, right? And it’s still the same mirror, just better.
Let me share with you how I gave my $6 mirror the ultimate makeover.
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DIY FULL-LENGTH MIRROR
- cheap 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)
- miter saw
- Kreg Jig K5
- air compressor w/nail gun (optional)
- window razor
- razor blade
- safety glasses
- face mask (for dust)
- ear protection
You can print the material list and instructions below.
WOOD Cut List: (actual size of the wood)
- (2) – 7-1/4″ x 21-1/4″ (top & bottom)
- (2) – 7-1/4″ x 42-3/4″ (sides)
- (2) – 3/4″ x 22-3/4″ (top & bottom outside trim)
- (2) – 3/4″ x 57-1/4″ (outside side trim)
- (2) – 1/2″ x 13″ (top & bottom inside trim)
- (2) – 1/2″ x 48″ (inside side trim)
PREP THE MIRROR
First, I removed the mirror from the old frame. To do this, I placed the mirror face down on the floor and pulled away the paper backing. Then, I took my razor blade and cut right along the frame (between the mirror and frame).
After removing the glue that was holding the mirror to the frame, the mirror came out easily. Then, I used my window razor to clean the glue off the mirror, being careful not to scratch or break the mirror.
CUT THE WOOD PIECES
I then cut all my wood pieces.
For this project, I used a lot of wood I already had in storage so some of the pieces do not match.
After cutting all of the wood, I created two Kreg Jig pockets on both ends of the sides (7-1/4″ x 42-3/4″).
Then, I sanded all the pieces using 220 grit sandpaper.
BUILD THE FRAME
Now it’s time to start creating the frame.
Taking all 4 of the 7-1/4″ boards, I placed them face down on the ground. Put the smaller board on the top & bottom, I sandwiched the long boards in 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 a nail gun, use the Kreg Jig K5 and create pockets all around the frame then attach trim with screws)
Then, I attached the 1/2″ x 3/4″ trim. First, I nailed the 13″ board to one of the 48″ boards. Then, I nailed the other 48″ boards to the other side of the 13″ board. Finally, 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). Next I nailed the trim into place (you could use Liquid Nails instead).
ADD FRAME DECOR
Now it was time to add the shims to the frame to form a unique design.
First, I took a handful of the shims to my miter saw and cut them at all different lengths. I also lightly sand the shims with 220 grit sandpaper. Then, I placed them around the frame randomly, making my own shim puzzle. Sometimes, I used my razor blade to trim down a few shims to the size I needed.
After all my shims were in place and I was happy with 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.
APPLY A STAIN
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.
To seal in the color I wanted, I applied one coat of Polycrylic.
ATTACH THE MIRROR
And now we have a custom, full-length mirror!
What do you think? I am loving the results! I wanted to use shims to create a textured look for a long time and it was perfect for this project.
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.