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How to Make a DIY Rustic Mirror
- 24″ x 30″ beveled mirror
- 3 8′ 1x2s cut at 45 degree angle on one side
- Or 12′ of 1x2s and 12′ of 1x1s
- 33″ x 27″ piece of 1/4″ plywood
- Wood glue
- Finish nailer and nails
- Kreg jig and pocket hole screws
- Wood stain or paint
- I used Classic Gray by Minwax
- Mirror adhesive
- Frame hanging kit
To start you need to put your pieces of wood together to create the L shape. Both the angled wood and non-angled wood pieces will use the same technique. See the diagram below to see how the different pieces are attached.
I was working with 36″ pieces and it was easier to attach these smaller pieces than full 8′ boards. If you want to cut the pieces first, but them so you have 4 36″ pieces and 4 28″ pieces. Start by adding wood glue to the full length of the piece where it will be connected to the other piece.
Clamp the pieces together and secure with some finishing nails on the back of the L so it will be hidden on the back of the mirror. The angled boards like to slide a bit when clamped so I used clamps on the table in the front and back of the boards to hold them secure then clamped them together to the table. Let them dry.
Once all your pieces are dried, you will want to measure your mirror for an exact measurement. Even thought the mirror says it is 24″x30″ doesn’t mean is really is. But your frame pieces so they are angled at each end at 45 degrees to create a mitered corner. The inside dimension of each piece should be the actual dimension of your mirror.
Secure the frame with a pocket hole in each corner. Drill the hole, add wood glue to the board, then attach with a pocket hole screw.
Use the mirror adhesive to glue the mirror to the center of your piece of plywood. Clamp the mirror and allow the glue to dry.
I would recommend finishing your frame before attaching it to your mirror. I stained my frame and then scuffed up the edges just a little bit with a sanding sponge.
Once your frame is finished, lay it over the top of the mirror and center it. Clamp the frame to the mirror/plywood board. Attach it with a few finishing nails in the back being careful to only attach it through the plywood that is around the outside of the mirror or you will shatter your mirror. Then firmly secure it with a few wood screws. (Sorry I apparently forgot to take pictures of this part.)
Follow the instruction on your frame hanging kit to attach the hanging hardware to the back of the mirror. Then hang it on your wall and admire your work!
I love the character that the knotty alder gives the mirror’s frame. I even purposely left a large knot in the frame. For some reason I really have an addiction to wood knots. They are just so unique and pretty. And the warm gray that the mirror has from the gray stain on the wood is my favorite. It will work with any decor.
And now I can finish up our winter mantle. This mantle is all about staying cozy during this extra cold winter. Stay tuned for one more fun project, then maybe I’ll be ready for all things spring 🙂