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Mirror Frame: Do It Yourself

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Mirror Frame - Feature Photo

After living in my apartment for several months now, my walls were still pretty bare. I wanted to put up a nice framed mirror to make my living room area seem a little larger, but I hadn’t found any that I fell in love with. I decided I would just create my own, so I went to my local independent hardware store and was able to pick up all my materials.

Materials:

  • Mirror
  • Baseboard
  • Molding
  • Wood Glue
  • Liquid Nails

Mirror Frame - Glue Pieces Together

Before you cut anything, it’s helpful to glue things together first so all your cuts are even, saving you the headache of making sure each piece matches up. So I went ahead and glued my molding to the outer edge of the baseboard. I also glued a thin slat of wood on the backside outer edge of the baseboard. (This is optional, but it will make an inset for your mirror to sit in nicely.)

Mirror Frame - Clamp Pieces Together

Then you’ll want to clamp these pieces in place until the wood glue dries.

Mirror Frame - Measure Pieces

Next, you can measure out the pieces to your mirror and make your angled cuts. (I used a 24” x 36” mirror. Depending on the size of your mirror, your frame size will vary.)

Mirror Frame - Square Your Edges

Before gluing the frame together, you’ll want to make sure it is square.

Mirror Frame - Clamp Together

Next, you’ll want to glue your pieces together and clamp them until the glue dries. I also used a nail gun on each outer corner of the frame, just to add a little extra strength.

Mirror Frame - Glue the Mirror in Place

When your frame is dry, you then can use the Liquid Nails to glue your mirror to the frame.

** It’s important to remember to paint your frame first before you glue your mirror in! I made this mistake; you’ll be able to see a little bit of the backside of the frame in your mirror.

Mirror Frame - Clamp it Down

Make sure to gently clamp the mirror to the frame, avoiding scratching the back of the mirror. You’ll want to let it sit overnight before attempting to hang it on the wall to make sure the glue has completely dried.

Mirror Frame - Finished Display

To finish up my frame, I added some gold paint to bring out the detail in the baseboard. With this easy weekend project, I now have a nice focal piece for my living room.

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Lynnea Chom
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Lynnea works as a graphic designer for NRHA and is an avid DIYer in her free time. Working for NRHA has given her the opportunity to broaden her creativity with endless DIY resources. She always has a list of ongoing DIY projects that explore new and innovative techniques. After recently moving into a new apartment, she enjoys looking for original projects to reinvent her new space. As a designer she is constantly searching for fun ideas to make ordinary items extraordinary.

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