DIY MIrror

Hey there!  I’ve been on a mirror kick lately and I’m loving it!  This week, I spent about $20 and 2 hours on this cutie!

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I LOVE it:)  It’s the perfect weekend project and you get so much bang for your buck!  Here’s how you can make your own:)

beveled_mirrorI started by purchasing this 14-inch beveled mirror.  It’s only $10.99 and you can purchase it on Amazon below!  It’s actually a candle plate but it makes the perfect mirror;)  Hobby Lobby carries similar plates but they are smaller.  This was the largest I could find at a low price!

It was sold out but I purchased anyway and I still received it in a week!

Ryobi_Compound_MiterI used my 10″ Ryobi Compound Miter saw to make all of my cuts.  This is an awesome saw that you will get a TON of use from!

If you aren’t ready to purchase a compound miter saw, this hand saw and miter box is the perfect solution for small projects like this:)

measurements

I purchased 1 – 1×4 @ 10 ft. and made 5 cuts at 22″ long.

Kreg_JigI used my Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes into 4 of the 22″ boards.

Pocket_HolesI then used 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws to attach the boards together.

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Now, make 45-degree cuts off of each corner.  I marked 5″ on each corner (forming a triangle with each point – so you will have 2 – 5″ marks on each corner)

Now for the finish!  I chose to have a distressed-paint finish for this one.

Rust-Oleum EspressoI chose a favorite Rust-Oleum Espresso spray paint in satin for my base coat.  You just need one good coat for this step.

distress_with_vaselineI love to use Vaseline to distress-paint.  It’s super easy!  After your base coat, just wipe a very thin amount of Vaseline on all of the area that you want the base coat to show through.

Rustoleum_Heirloom_White_edited-1For the top coat, I chose another favorite, Rust-Oleum Heriloom White in satin.  You will need 2 coats for the top coat!

sandingOnce the paint has dried, just sand all over the piece with 120-grit sand paper.  The Vaseline keeps the top coat from sticking to the base coat and the paint will sand off with very little effort!  I love this technique because it gives a great “chippy-look”! 😉

Now to attach the beveled mirror!

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Peel the felt pads off of the back of the mirror.

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Then, apply a very generous amount of Liquid Nails to the back of the mirror.  Keep it close to the center so it doesn’t leak out the sides and make a mess;)

place_mirror_on_palletLay it on the center of the boards and let it dry!  Mine dried pretty quick.  Make sure the mirror does not budge before you hang it on the wall.  I suggest letting it sit over night before hanging.  You can still finish the project while it’s drying though;)
cup_hangersTo hang this cutie, I purchased these cup hangers and spray painted them with a little Rust-Oleum Espresso!  I pre-drilled a small hole into the top of the mirror frame and screwed them in. (I chose for my mirror to hang long ways)

chainI purchased a small box of black chain and cut it to size with my wire cutters.

That was it!  Just hang it up!  You can use a black screw and anchor it into the wall or, you can use a finial like I did.  I purchased this finial from Lowe’s.  It’s an Allen & Roth wooden finial (from their curtain rod accessories)  that comes in a 2-pack for about $12.  I splurged since this project was so inexpensive and I really think it adds so much to the piece!

allen_and_roth_finialJust make sure you anchor it into the wall if you don’t have a stud to sink it into.

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I’m just loving it!  Nothing better than a 2-hour project for only $20!  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great weekend!

If you love my Wall Mirror, I would LOVE your pins;)

Thanks so much!

Ashley:)

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  • Stacie Shular

    I have a mirror that has just been sitting in a closet for years and a pallet that I have been trying to figure out what to do with. Guess I will have to break it down and use that has the base! Thanks for such a great idea! Now I have a fun and cute project for this weekend. 🙂

  • This is exactly the sort of thing I’ve been looking for to decorate my PLAIN walls. Thank you for the step-by-step! Pinning it now 🙂

  • notools

    Would be great if I had the fancy tools too lol

  • lisa todd

    Such a neat idea. Would be perfect for gifting. I got a Kreg jig for Christmas. This is my first project I am making with it. Almost finished, but mine is going to be black.

  • Wendy Burchik

    Love this! Great job!!!

  • considerphi

    Hi, when you say “this miter box and saw” which are you referring to? I feel like I’ve seen this sentence before but I cannot find a link or image?
    Thanks!

    • Hey! There is a box underneath that sentence that will take you to the item on Amazon.com!

      • considerphi

        Oh it wasn’t appearing on my browser (my fault).
        Thanks! (Many months late but thanks nonetheless!)

  • Gabbi Zaccheria

    Loveeee it!

  • Jamie @ Roubinek Reality

    This looks so easy and perfect project for someone looking to get started with the Kreg Jig. I’m rusty with mine, so this will be a great excuse to get back to it. 🙂

    • Thank you Jamie! It is the perfect project to knock the dust off;) Please share your finished pics with us!