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DIY Decorative Wall Mirrors!

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Hey hey!!

Hope you all had a GREAT holiday weekend!  We did for sure and I decided to kick of 2012 by dusting off a few of my tools.  I kind of took a break from building when I was put on bed rest back in September, but I’m finally back in action… Woohoo!

So… I actually bought the supplies for this next big project back in September as well.  I have been so excited to finally get them done!  I made 3 mirrors for my dining room and I LOVE them!  They are super easy and cheap… My kind of DIY!

I started with a 4×8 sheet of 1/2″ MDF from Lowe’s.  I had a them rip it into 20″ pieces.  So, each piece was 20″x49″ and there was a scrap piece left as well.  This sheet was around $20 and my Lowe’s cuts for free.  This is all the cutting you will need to do to the MDF which is great!

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I found this trim that I liked for around $3 for an 8′ piece.

I used my miter saw for this next part, but you can also use a little hand saw for projects like this.  I used one before getting my big saw.  It was $12 at Lowe’s.  You will need a little miter box too.  Here is a set at Lowe’s that would work perfect!

I cut 4 equal pieces of trim for each mirror at 10.5″ each.

My first step was attaching this trim to my mdf boards.  I used Gorilla Wood Glue and my brad nailer to attach my top trim piece first.  I attached it 4.5″ from the top of the mdf board.

I then attached my other pieces to form a box.  Each corner is cut at a 45 degree angle.

I found these great wood medallions at Lowe’s for about $6 a piece…

I used some of my wood glue and a few nails to attach it to the center of the square.

Finally, I used a cheap base molding to trim the top and bottom of each mirror.  I bought two pieces from Lowe’s at about $5 a piece.

I just used some wood glue and my brad nailer to attach them.

Now I was ready for paint!

I gave them each a couple coats of my very favorite!

Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Heirloom White

After they dried I attached the hardware to the back before attaching my mirrors to the front.

I used D-rings and metal wire on the back of each board, and used anchors on the wall with screws to hang each board from.

Now for the mirrors!

I found my great mirrors at Ikea, but really any mirror that fits will work on this part.  Walmart sells great behind the door mirrors that would be perfect for $5 a piece.  These are the mirrors I used from Ikea…

I used Liquid Nails Mirror Adhesive on the boards to attach my mirrors.  Just squeeze it on, attach your mirror, and let it dry!

My final step was to hang them up and take a few pics!  What do you think??

I hope you love them! They really were super easy to build!  They took about an hour to construct all 3 with my crazies running around me 🙂  And of course I had help hanging them too…

Yes… She is in her jammies, with her “pretty” on her head and wearing one of my house shoes… Love.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Let me know if you have any questions!

~Whitney

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35 Comments

  1. Laurie on January 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    What is there to say? You are a GENIOUS!!! You make people with a very limited budget have the hope of building around them a lovely, custom living space. Can’t thank you enough. 🙂

  2. Becky Griffin on January 5, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Hey~ Love your blog and your ideas! I actually had my husband hunt down the Rustoleum Painters Touch in Heirloom White because you rave about it so much. I used it on a project for Christmas and it turned out fabulous. Question – what color is the trim in your home? The baseboards and ceiling trim? I was wondering because I couldn’t tell from the pictures of your dining room and I wondered if it was heirloom white too! 🙂

  3. Ruth on January 5, 2012 at 1:28 am

    These mirrors are gorgeous. I love how they turned out.
    Ruth

  4. paisleycinnamon on January 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Absolutely lovely!

  5. Janet on January 4, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Wow! I’m continually in awe of what you are able to create! Your mirrors look so beautiful hanging in your dining room. Thanks for sharing a tutorial. 🙂

    • Shanty2Chic on January 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you Janet!

      • Janet on January 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm

        I just featured them today, thanks again! 🙂

  6. Bobookie on January 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    The mirrors are cool and creative, but I really love your floors!! Are they concrete? Also, your baby is adorable, complete with “pretty” and single slipper!! That last pic just brought a big ol grin to my face … thx!!!!!

    • Shanty2Chic on January 4, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      They are concrete… They look cool but I feel like they always look dirty. That may be the 5 kids…. 🙂 Thanks!

  7. BizzyMom on January 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    What do i think? I think you did an amazing job..! I like that you did 3 for impact instead of just one..

    • Shanty2Chic on January 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks so much!!

  8. Pine Tree Home on January 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Genius. They fill up that wall nicely.

  9. Katie on January 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Love the mirrors. Would like to do some moulding on my vanity cabinet doors to fancy them up a bit. I think they are melamine. Can I attach the moulding the same way you did to mdf? Also, what is the best paint to use on melamine? Thanks for any help you can give me : )

  10. Ginger on January 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    This is elegant, tasteful and needs to be in a magazine. The entire dining room is really lovely. I’d like to eat in here! You should be proud of the whole room!

  11. Karin on January 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    So glad to see unusual mirrors. I have been searching for ways to make unique mirrors. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Windy Phillips on January 4, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Very elegant look. I may have totry this for my dining room. And we’re fans of one shoe (or sock) around here, too.

  13. Catrin on January 4, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Love it…. Thanks for sharing.
    This looks so good. Simple and elegant.
    Greetings from Germany
    Catrin

  14. Laura on January 4, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Very cool result! These mirrors add such a nice touch to your dining room! I will certainly show these pictures to my husband 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration!

  15. Ashley on January 4, 2012 at 6:21 am

    Oh these are fabulous! I love them : )

  16. WhisperWood Cottage on January 4, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Fabulous! Love the set of three!!

  17. Joy on January 4, 2012 at 4:42 am

    What beautiful mirrors you’ve created! They add the finishing touch to the room.

  18. Cath on January 4, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Wow what a lovely addition to your room. I have a friend who’s been looking for a large wall mirror for her study and I think she needs to take a look at these.
    I am envious of your help, what a cutie.

  19. Bron on January 4, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Thanks for the beautiful inspiration and easy to follow instructions.

  20. Jodie Lynch on January 4, 2012 at 4:09 am

    Inspiration for my powder bath. Thanks for sharing.

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