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DIY $50 Full Length Wall Mirrors

Happy 2021 friends! I hope you’re all having a safe and happy start to the new year. I am thankful we have made it to this point. I was ready to change things up in my dining room after using it for the kids schooling over the last several months, so I built my new table I shared a few weeks back. If you missed it you can see it HERE. I decided that I needed some new mirrors too! I designed these DIY full length wall mirrors using only plywood and 2×4. It’s a simple build and a great beginner project! You can check out the how-to video below!

Look how cute they turned out!

You can buy the frameless mirrors I used for my mirrors HERE. I feel that they are very reasonably priced and I love the beveled edges.

Now let’s get to building this! You can download and print the free plans at the bottom of this post!

The back of the mirrors uses 3/4” plywood. I used hardwood plywood because I had it already, but inexpensive plywood works perfect because you will cover it with the mirror. Cut plywood to size and add 3/4” pocket holes down all 4 sides of the plywood. Add 1.5” pocket hole screws on each end of your longer frame boards. These are 2×4 boards that I ripped down to 2.5” wide each. You can also use 2×4 without ripping, but make sure you adjust measurements.

I used my Kreg Jig K5 to drill my pocket holes! You can find it here on Amazon! It’s one of our top 3 tools we recommend for anyone who wants to start building!

Attach the long frame boards to the plywood piece using 2” pocket hole screws and wood glue. The pocket holes on the longer boards will face the back and the plywood pocket holes can face up since you will be covering them with the mirror.

Now attach the shorter frame boards. These are also 2×4 boards ripped to 2.5”. Each end will have a 1/2” overhang. Attach them through the plywood panel first with glue and 2” pocket hole screws. Then flip the whole mirror over and attach the longer boards to the shorter boards using wood glue and 2.5” pocket hole screws.

At this point, I added the optional decorative corners. Check out the video above for details on how I did this. I love the rustic touch it adds to the mirrors, and it’s super simple to achieve with scraps!

I chose to paint my mirrors using flat black spray paint. This is the paint I used. You can find it HERE!

Once the paint was dry, I sanded everything with an 80-grit sanding pad using my orbital sander. I love the finish so much!

Once everything was dry and sanded, I attached my mirrors. I used THIS adhesive to attach the mirrors to the plywood backs.

Once the adhesive cured (I waited until the next day) I hung the mirrors on my wall. I decided to find the studs in the wall and use 3″ wood screws through the frame and into the studs on each mirror. I felt that was the safest method with my little guy running past them a lot, but you can hang yours however you see fit!

I love how they look in my dining room. I love how they reflect the light which brightens up the room and also makes it feel bigger. Check them out!

DIY Full Length Mirrors

CLICK HERE to download and print the free plans!

Instructions

  • The back of the mirrors uses 3/4” plywood. I used hardwood plywood because I had it already, but inexpensive plywood works perfect because you will cover it with the mirror. Cut plywood to size and add 3/4” pocket holes down all 4 sides of the plywood. Add 1.5” pocket hole screws on each end of your longer frame boards. These are 2×4 boards that I ripped down to 2.5” wide each. You can also use 2×4 without ripping, but make sure you adjust measurements. Attach the long frame boards to the plywood piece using 2” pocket hole screws and wood glue. The pocket holes on the longer boards will face the back and the plywood pocket holes can face up since you will be covering them with the mirror.
  • Now attach the shorter frame boards. These are also 2×4 boards ripped to 2.5”. Each end will have a 1/2” overhang. Attach them through the plywood panel first with glue and 2” pocket hole screws. Then flip the whole mirror over and attach the longer boards to the shorter boards using wood glue and 2.5” pocket hole screws.
  • Refer to our video on the decorative corners. At this point you will add your paint or stain before attaching the mirrors. Check the website for links to all products!

2 Comments

  1. Joe on August 11, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    What are the decorative parts in the corners called? I can’t find anything like that.

  2. Angela Mendoza on February 11, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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