Making a DIY Mirror Frame from old wood/barn wood/reclaimed wood…
Have some old mirrors you’d like to frame? Today we’ll show you how to make a DIY mirror frame to update an old mirror.
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The supplies are broken down into two parts: supplies you’ll need for cutting your mirror if that’s something you’ll need to do, and then supplies needed for framing your mirror.
Mirror Cutting Supplies:
Supplies for making reclaimed wood DIY mirror frame:
Like OH YEAH, these suckers GOTTA GO.
Mirror, mirror on the wall? More like “mirror mirror” get your A@# OFF my wall!!
And preferably without breaking because I’m not digging that whole seven years of bad luck deal. MJ said, or sang it more eloquently…”I’m starting with the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways.” In this case, let’s just change the MIRROR and leave the man out of it.
How to Cut Mirror:
1.) Using some Irwin quick grips (SUPER useful to have) and a level, set up a straight line/guide on the mirror. The clamps will keep the level steady during scoring.
2.) Rub the area of the mirror that is about to be cut with some vegetable oil (helps prevent chipping).
3.) Using an inexpensive mirror/glass cutting tool, score the glass by running the tool down your straight line, applying some pressure as you go.
4.) Move the scored line to the edge of your work surface, and apply a bit of downward pressure. It should break right along your score.
5.) Using a sanding block, lightly “sand” the cut edge to knock down the sharp edges.
6.) Seal the newly cut edge by “painting” some clear nail polish along it.
7.) Affix mirror to the wall with mirror clips (only if you are re-installing the mirror now).
It could have been even easier if instead of angled cuts for the frame we just kept everything 90°. But Dave had gotten a new Kreg jig for Christmas that he had been dying to try out, so he wanted to make the angled cornered frame and use the new joiner.
Steps for making the DIY Mirror Frame:
1.) Rip the barn board down to the desired width using a table saw. We used a width of about 4″, but you could rip them to any size that works for your project.
2.) To make the frame sit on top of the mounted mirror, we used the table saw to cut a groove in the edge of each of the boards. The groove was about 3/4″ wide and 1/2″ deep. This is not hard, just takes about 10-12 passes on the table saw for each board. **Tip: make sure you lower the blade so you don’t cut all the way through the board…that would make for a bad day…
3.) Cut the 45° angle on the boards. We used a miter saw, so this job was pretty easy. I cut one 45, then measured from the top of the board the “overall” length that you need (outside dimension). I then cut the second 45, in the opposite direction.
4.) Time to join. The Kreg Jig luckily comes with great instructions. Follow these and you will be just fine. Once you have the holes drilled, lay the boards on a flat surface and screw them together…you will be amazed how well this works…I was!!
5.) The frame is now complete before you mount the frame to the wall…you need to make notches where the mirror hangers are located. We used a 5/8″ drill bit. Hold the frame up on top of the mirror and mark where the hangers are located. Drill out a pocket for the hangers to go into. You might need to do repeat this process a few times until it fits just right.
6.) Mount the frame to the wall with drywall screws.
OH YEAH, we’re done.
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