Sometimes projects come about out of necessity. That is the case with this framed full length mirror.
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.
I got really tired of moving it, so I decided it was time to either toss it, or use it for a project. You can see the plastic frame was in really bad shape, there was some duct tape involved.
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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!
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.
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.
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. I’ve always heard that you need to use special adhesive for mirrors so that the finish doesn’t get harmed. I didn’t want to take any chances. 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.
I chose to use some scrap wood and a couple of paint cans to hold the mirror in place. I rolled the table into my carport for safe keeping overnight.
I got tired of dragging my work table around, it’s just one of those plastic buffet tables. 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.
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 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?