Monday, February 20, 2017

How to Reframe a Cheap Mirror


Hello and happy Monday everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend.

This week I will be wrapping up the last two tutorials that were a part of our Master Bedroom Makeover.  I know, I know--I only completed it nearly SIX months ago and I'm just now finishing these up!  But in my defense first the holidays came and then Lucas' first birthday followed right after, so it's taken me a little while to get through all of them!

Today I am going to show you how I took a cheap door mirror and prettied it up for our new bedroom.

Supplies Used To Make: (Affiliate links may be provided for convenience.  For more info, see my full disclosure here.) 
I picked up this door mirror at Walmart for just $5.


I began by removing the plastic frame from the mirror.  I will tell you guys this right of the bat--these things are super flimsy.  I actually did a similar project a few months ago and I broke a total of three!  Good thing I'm not too superstitious, geesh.  I finally got a good method down though, so now I consider myself somewhat of a mirror-demo master haha.

After removing the paper backing I put some acetone on a cotton ball and used it to soak the glue around the edge.


It won't look like it it's doing anything because the glue is so thick, but trust me--it weakens it and makes it SO much easier to cut through with a utility knife.  Just keep scoring again and again and be patient!


This next part is extremely important and is why I broke so many mirrors before.  You must pull the frame straight out from the side of the mirror.  I originally was pulling the frame towards me and that is what kept making the mirror crack. 


Next it was time to build the new frame.   I didn't get any pictures of this process but I basically cut one end of a 1x4 at 45 degrees on the miter saw and laid it on the long edge of the mirror so that about 1" of the wood sat on top of the mirror.  From here I was able to mark where the other end needed to be cut.
I then took another 1x4 and did the same thing on the short edge.  I just duplicated these measurements for the other two sides. 

I attached the boards with wood glue and used my staple gun to help secure them even more.



Don't worry if your boards are a little warped, mine were and it still came out okay.  However try to pick the straightest ones that you can!

I painted the front white and also made sure to paint the edges of the back since they will reflect a little in the mirror.


To attach my mirror I ran some Loctite Mirror Adhesive along the edges and laid my mirror down very carefully on top.  Make sure that you keep the adhesive about a half inch away from the edge and that you don't use too much because you don't want it to seep through to the front.


I added some 1/4" Mirror Offset Clips to each side and along the bottom just in case my glue decides to give out one day!  I also added some D rings so that we could hang it on the wall.



As you can see, I decided that the white was too boring so I went back and dry brushed it with a little bit of brown paint.


You guys.  It has been soooo nice having a mirror on this wall.  We have one on the back of our closet door which is in our bathroom but sometimes it gets a little crowded if we are both getting ready at the same time. Having another mirror nearby has been a total game changer!




I like that it reflects the light from the windows and makes our room even brighter.



Since I had everything on hand except the mirror, wood and the mirror clips it only cost me about $17 to make this beauty.

Linking up to these awesome parties.


    13 comments:

    1. Great idea! Looks wonderful and the white with dry brushed distressing is very nice. Awesome way to upgrade! :)

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      1. Thank you so much Carolyn! I am really glad I went with the dry brush too :)

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    2. This is simply and sleek idea for all who are looking for re-generate their mirror in to new look. I also have one mirror who is no more in usage but really wanted to try your idea.

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    3. What a great idea!! I really like how your mirror turned out.

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    4. We've done a similar project with an inexpensive mirror. Nice tutorial. I love how yours turned out. We made ours for our teen. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight Party. Pinned & shared.

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      1. Thanks Theresa! It's such a nice inexpensive little addition isn't it? :)

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    5. Okay, this is amazing! I LOVE big, chunky mirrors, but they're so expensive. What you've created looks awesome, and I love that it's such an affordable project!

      Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

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      1. Thank you Richella! I've admired chunky mirrors for so long too and am so happy I was able to recreate one for a fraction of the cost. Thanks for the feature :)

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    6. This came out great. I have this mirror that never had a frame, so I'm going to try to create one because it's pretty ugly freestanding. :)

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    I appreciate all of your wonderful comments :)

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