I wanted some small-ish mirrors with a chunky frame to go on either side of the new artwork in our master bedroom. But.. I didn't want to pay ~$20 each for them. So of course, I decided to do it myself!
- Piece of wood in the size of your choosing
- Plain craft mirror
- Wood glue
- Wood filler
- Sand paper
- Paint (or stain)
- Gorrilla Glue (or krazy glue, or hot glue)
- Hanging apparatus (I used wire & a staple gun)
I cut 8 pieces identically like this in order to make 2 mirrors.
Then I applied a strip of wood glue to each angle.
I firmly held each angle together for ~1 minute to let the glue get tacky & hold the pieces together.
After all sides are put together, let it dry for a few hours. You'll see that the joints aren't completely even & smooth:
I then sanded any uneven surface down a bit, and applied stainable wood filler with my finger. That's right, ladies! Just get messy!
After you've oh-so-patiently waited ~1/2 for the filler to dry, sand everything down so it's as smooth as a swimming cap. After blowing, brushing, or wiping all the dust off, prime & paint your frame(s).
Once they're all dry, flip 'em over & apply a thin line of gorilla glue along the inside edge. Lay the mirror down on top of it, making sure it's totally covering the hole. Then, lay a paper towel over that, and top with a stack of heavy books.
Wait for that to dry. Then you're ready to attach the hanging hardware. I decided to staple wire to the back like so:
After that.. hang it on the wall.. and pat yourself on the back! You just created your own mirrors for less than $5 each! And, they're real, hard wood. No flimsy, cheapy stuff here!
As always, the BEFORE:
And, the AFTER:
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