Hey there!  I just put together this mirror in about an hour and it only cost me $15!

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I love the simplicity to it!  Here’s how you can make your own:)

DIY Mirror

DIY MirrorI purchased this Mainstay door mirror from Wal-Mart for $5.  I had to do a little demolition on the cheap, plastic trim that was glued to it.

DIY MirrorI started by ripping off the paper backing.

DIY MirrorI then used a utility knife to cut the glue (it seemed to be close to a hot glue consistency).  Make sure that you cut where the glue and the trim meet.

DIY MirrorNow this is the part that is very important.  The trim will come off very easily and without cracking the mirror if you pull it away from the mirror.  Do NOT try to bend it away from the mirror from front to back.  Just pull it away.

DIY MirrorAfter I removed the trim I cleaned the mirror with a little Windex:)

Now for the frame:

If you have never owned a saw, this is the perfect tool for you to purchase!

 It will make this project so easy and it is the perfect starter saw if you are interested in building!

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I purchased 2 1×4 white wood boards and cut down 4 pieces with 45 degree angles at each end to build the frame.

2 @ 48″ (long point to long point)

2 @ 1 7 1/4″ (long point to long point)

DIY MirrorThis was the fun part for me because it was soooo easy:)  I flipped the boards over so that the bad sides were showing and glued the frame together with Gorilla Glue wood glue.  To keep them together while the dried, I used my staple gun (purchased years ago at Hobby Lobby).  It worked like a charm!

DIY MirrorAfter the glue was dry, I flipped the frame over and stained it with Rust-Oleum dark walnut stain.  I let one coat sit for about 10 minutes!

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DIY MirrorFor the final step, I attached the mirror to the back of the frame with Liquid Nails (I applied the liquid nails to the back of the frame (edges closest to the middle) and laid the mirror on top of it).  A little goes a long way.

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I decided to prop it up next to my Pottery Barn Inspired Media Console🙂

DIY MirrorI just love easy and cheap projects!  $15 and 1 hour for a decorative mirror is a steal:)  And the versatility is endless!  I would love one hanging on a wall in my house or even over my mantle!

If you love this I would LOVE your pins;)

Thank you:)

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  1. LOVE THIS and YOUR PAGE! I have two of these mirrors and they are sooo tacky but, good for make-up in the morning. This will be the perfect way to make it look chic! 🙂

  2. I LOVE your mirror!! I’m just a little confused with the last step… Gluing the mirror to the wood… So you just put the glue on the outer edge of the mirror and then placed it againest the back side of the wood frame? Thank you for sharing ALL your wonderful ideas!!


    1. Thanks Tiffany! Yes on the glueing! I actually put the Liquid Nails on the back of the frame (to make sure it didn’t show on the mirror) and laid the mirror face down on the glue:)

  3. Wow, that is a gorgeous rehab! Where does one buy a $7.98 miter box/saw combo? Big box store? I live in New England, and love your creativity!

  4. Great idea and I know just where I want mine to go when finished. I’m going to paint mine to match the decor of the room though. Wouldn’t a mirror this size be great in the mud/ coat room? Then you could have one last look to check your outfit before you left the house.

  5. This is just perfect for my hallway! love love love! I love everything on your site, just wish I had time to make it ALL! : ) Thanks for the inspiration. xo!

  6. Love the mirror, DESPISE the new ad! For some reason it refuses to close no matter how many times I click close. So it just follows me around blocking all your pretty pictures! Perhaps you could let your ad agency know there’s a glitch. I’m running a Mac OS 10.5 with a Firefox browser.

    Great project!

  7. I have that cheapy mirror and been trying to figure out what to do with it and where to find one like your ‘done’ version…now I know!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Mine was great!

    I am new to this blogging stuff. A blog I read alot nominated me for the “Versatile Blogger award”. I had to choose 15 blogs that I discovered and follow often. Yours was on the top of my list. Please go check it out!


    I know you are probably very very busy and I just wanted those blogs that inspire me so much to know that I appreciate all their hard work and thank them for teaching me so much!

  9. LOVE all your projects. This is one I should try. I have that ugly mirror.
    FYI the add running on your page wont close when I hit close and it’s hard to see all your pictures/words…

  10. I am inspired by your blog and all of your DIY projects that now I want to re-do my entire living room. My husband might not like after this… LOL… but I LOVE you! I have a whole new idea for my room now. Thanks so much! Now I just need to get all my owns tools so I don’t have to bug my hubby 🙂

  11. Great Idea. I have been looking for a floor mirror for a while and nothing seems to match my decor. Nice to know it is so easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I love it! I’ve been wondering how to do this. I’ve pinned similar mirrors and just couldn’t figure out how to make it happen. You are the best for providing step-by-step instructions. I’m hoping my only cost will be the liquid nails. Thanks so much! Pinning!

    1. I would love to see how you do it. I have contractor mirrors in every bathroom at my house and I hate them!!!

      1. I have the wood cut to size, stained, and ready to go but have broken TWO of these mirrors so far. lol Every time I try to pull form the side they snap.

          1. My mirrors have small staples at each corner along with the tough glue around the trim. It’s the same mainstays mirror but the glue is hard to cut through and remove trim without snapping the mirror.

          2. If my mirror is 48″ long and 11 7/8″ inches wide, what measurements should the wood be? If the wood is cut 48″ (long side to long side”, isn’t that too short to fit on a 48″ mirror? I’m all set to start and don’t know how to proceed!

          3. Those are the measurements I used. You will be using part of the mirror to attach the 1×4’s. The top and bottom edge of the mirror run even with the back of the 1×4’s. Hope this makes sense!

          4. I’m sorry, I feel like such a moron. This is my first attempt at making anything with wood. If the longest measurement of the wood is 48″, wouldn’t it have to be placed with the long edge exactly at the edge of the mirror (which is also 48″)? In other words, the wood would be fully resting on the mirror. If that’s the case- then the mirror not covered by wood would be 14 7/8 minus 2 x the width of the frame. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks for your help-