A few months ago we didn’t have any mirrors on the entire main level of our home. Who knows what kind of food (courtesy of my kids of course!) was in my hair when I left the house. We had guests come and stay that had to run upstairs to do their makeup in the morning. Well, we’re making up for it now! We already added a mirror in our beautiful entryway, and now we have one for the hallway! This is also part of our amazing Modern Handmade Home series, so don’t forget to check out the other amazing blogger projects at the bottom of the post!
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Sometimes I dream up or draw project ideas in my head and both my husband and I are skeptical. Ok… Russel is skeptical most of the time, lol. But this time, I like the idea, sketched it out, and just wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. Luckily, it looked amazing and I didn’t have to go with plan B!
If you want to make your own Custom Framed Mirrors here’s what you need:
- Ryobi Pin Nailer
- 1 x 1/2″ strips of pine
- 1/4″ x 1/2″ strip of pine
- A rectangular piece of mirror
- Speed square
- A router table
- A mitre saw
- Wood putty
- Paint or wood stain
(we used Black Coal paint)
How to Make Your DIY Custom Mirror:
You need a piece of mirror glass to start. You can buy plain rectangular piece if needed. Ours was the leftover pieces from the mirror we removed in our old bathroom renovation. If you have a large piece of mirror and want to learn how to cut glass, use this tutorial.
The first thing you need to do is cut part of your 1 x 1/2″ wood strips for the glass to sit in. The easiest way to do this is to set up a router table so that it cuts a 1/4″ indent into the side of each wood piece.
Next, measure your mirror to determine the length of frame you need. Cut the first edge of your frame at a 45 degree angle, then measure the length of your frame on the inside edge and make another 45 degree cut there in the opposite direction. The inside edge should be the length of your mirror (say it’s 12″) and the outside edge should be the length plus 1″ because it’s a 1″ board and you’ve added mitres to extend it (so it would be 13″). The photo below shows what the four frame pieces should look like.
This is where the beautiful pin nailer comes into play! If you don’t know what it is, it’s a tool that shoots out pin nails. They are small nails and aren’t as strong as brad nails, they are perfect for a project like this where we don’t need a lot of strength.
We added wood glue between all of the joints, shot a pin nail through, and then clamped it until it was set.
Once the frame is clamped and set, your mirror should fit perfectly inside. Next we grabbed a thinner piece of 1/2″ x 1/4″ pine and used the mitre saw to cut pieces at various lengths – starting with opposing 45 degree angles.
We laid out all of the pieces until we were happy with the design. When we went to do the pieces with one straight edge, we just laid the wood piece on top and drew a mark onto the wood telling us where to cut.
Another perfect use for the Ryobi Pin Nailer! Use it to attach all of those design overlays to the frame of the mirror.
Finally, we used wood putty between all of the joints and then sanded them down when they were dry.
You can paint or stain your piece. I wanted a deep black colour, so we chose to use black paint on ours.
What do you think of the finished mirror? I LOVE the design in real life so much more than I liked it on paper.
Perfect place to check your hair before you leave the house!
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