A custom mirror frame can add tremendous impact to your home, and when you build it yourself, it can lend to giving you that warm and fuzzy DIY feeling for many, many years. Lumber for a DIY mirror frame can be sourced from anywhere, a salvage shop, an old wood crate, the lumberyard, or even from an old barn floor. Naturally weathered barn wood is my fave.
Tools that make this project easier include:
- Miter saw for even 45-degree cuts (a miter box and handsaw works for narrower boards, and eyeballing will be considerably more challenging)
- A router with a rabbeting bit (makes creating that inset area in the back of the frame a pinch, but you could alternately skip the inset area, or get creative with other tools, like a dremel or multicutter, to achieve a similar effect)
- Cordless drill
Additional materials you’ll want to consider depending on your construction:
- Wood screws, $3
- Metal mending plates, (used to hold the mirror in place when the mirror is inset into the back of the frame, and also in my application to reinforce the four corners)
- Wire (optional)
- D-rings (installed to the sides of the mirror frame, I find that these are very strong, and you can hook the D directly to a hook on the wall rather than on a wire to anchor it securely)
I like my mirror a lot because I made it using wood reclaimed from my parent’s barn. It has hung in my dining room for 3 years, serving both functional and decorative purposes.
Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at DIYNetwork.com. You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at facebook.com/merrypad.