Sometimes projects come about out of necessity. That is the case with this framed full length mirror.
Cheap Full Length Mirror Project
Because it was fragile, I had a hard time finding a place to store it. It would reside on my table saw unless I needed to use the saw. Then I would haul it out to the driveway and lay it down – then it was back to the table saw again.
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Use plywood for the backing of the full length mirror
I recently helped a friend make a couple of cornices for her living room. She picked up two pieces of this plywood and I ended up only using one. She said I could have the second piece. It was a little too long, so I cut it to size with my circular saw. It is small, but mighty!
Thrift store picture frame molding encases full length mirror
I used some of that inexpensive picture frame molding I bought recently at Vendors’ Village. I mitered the corners on the compound miter saw and secured it in place with Gorilla Wood Glue and my nail gun.
Frame the mirror with scrap rustic wood
To frame the mirror, I ripped a fence board on the table saw, and mitered the corners to fit snug around the outside of the full length mirror. To blend the colors and make everything match, I used a cheap chip brush and Minwax Hickory Gel Stain.
Gel stain does a really good job on already finished and raw surfaces. You can see I measured where the mirror would rest so I knew where to stain the plywood.
Stain mirror frame
After applying the gel stain, I wiped it back with a small cloth. I allowed the stain to dry.
I picked up this mirror adhesive at The Home Depot. You need special adhesive when affixing mirrors. The stain wasn’t quite dry, but the adhesive said to let it cure for 48 hours, so I decided they could both set up at the same time.
Weight Mirror Down
I chose to use some scrap wood and a couple of paint cans to hold the full length mirror in place.
How to move a work table
I got tired of dragging my work table around, it’s just one of those plastic buffet tables. So, I have these Tri-Dolly wheels that I bought on Amazon to help me move furniture pieces. Two of them on one end of the table allow me to pick up the other end and easily wheel it around to wherever I need to put the table.
Rustic Full Length Mirror
The next morning, I used Gorilla Wood Glue and my brad nail gun to add the small fence mitered pieces in place.
It’s very difficult to take a picture of a mirror without getting yourself in the reflection. I really LOVE how this rustic full length mirror turned out. It was a very inexpensive makeover. The overall dimensions of this rustic framed mirror are approximately 26"x 63".
- Mirror FREE
- Picture Frame Molding less than $3
- Fence pieces for mirror frame FREE
- Stain, Wood Glue, Nails (all on hand)
The new full length mirror frame can lean against the wall, and someone may even like to hang it vertically to use in their closet or bedroom, or horizontally over a large sofa. Lots of possibilities!
If only I needed a mirror. 🙂 How would you use this rustic full length mirror?
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.