Turning a Goodwill (thrift store) mirror into a Pottery Barn inspired statement piece. Here is our DIY wood framed floor mirror tutorial.
Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile.
A while back, there was a rustic mirror on Instagram, that captured my heart. A full wood framed floor mirror made of salvaged wood. Well, it was probably faux salvaged wood but still, it was pretty!.
BUT, the price tag was way out of my range..like a few hundred out of my range.
Enter some determination and The Mister’s skills to create our own version from a thrift store mirror.
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- Salvaged Mirror (Our was $9 from Goodwill- buy as good of a mirror as you can.)
- 5 pieces of 7 ft salvaged wood (Free- $30)
- 8, 2-inch screws
- 20, 1-inch screws
- 2, 1/2 in screws
- Approx 8-12, 1 1/4 inch finished nails
- Wood Glue
- 2 ft thin wire
FRAMED FLOOR MIRROR INSTRUCTIONS
Our goodwill mirror had a gold frame to it so we removed that first.
There was some cardboard backing that needed to be trimmed, with a box cutter, after the gold frame was removed.
- Select the straightest piece, of salvaged wood, for inside beveled frame
- Using a Table Saw (Craftsman 10 in), rip one board the desired width and beveled angle (we did 2 inches wide with 22 1/2 degree angle- and we got both sides out of one board.)
- Cut 1/4 in deep and 1/4 in wide groove in uncut edge at 22 1/2 degrees for bevel to make a previous cut perpendicular to mirror surface.
- Repeat this process once more for the bottom and top pieces.
- Assembly inner beveled frame process:
- Using 2 finish nails and 1 screw per corner, assemble the frame. Apply wood glue to each corner.
- Slide mirror in after three sides (two sides and one end) are assembled.
- Use 2 -1/2 inch screws in the center of sides on the back of the frame.
- Tie wire snuggly across these screws holding frame sides and mirror in place.
- Assemble the remaining end of the frame.
- The inside beveled frame should be done at this point.
- Build the outer frame as normal using 45-degree cuts for corners.
- Assemble outer frame around the beveled frame.
- We used only 4 screws to hold the frame together, using a Milwaukee Cordless Drill and a Bosch Drill.
- Rip two strips of either remaining wood or any scraps you have, approx 1 1/2 in wide by 1/4 thick. These will need to be near the full length of the frame.
- Cut these strips approx 2 in short of the outer frame.
- Lay mirror face down and set these strips length wise bridging the inner frame and the outer frame.
- Use 20, 1-inch screws to fasten all pieces of the outer frame to the inner frame.
MORE DIY PROJECTS
One of the ways we stick to a budget is to do our own projects. This mirror costs less than $50 and is a huge statement piece to our bedroom now.
Here are a few more projects that we think you will enjoy:
- Rustic DIY Bathroom SOAP Sign
- Purchasing a Used Kitchen Sink
- Quick and Easy Whitewash Fireplace DIY Project
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