I did it! I built a nice wood frame from 1x4 lumber for my yard sale find door mirror. Total Cost: $8.00 - $1 for the mirror, $3 for the wood and $4 for mirror clips to attach the mirror to the frame. What a bargain!!
I picked up this cheapo door mirror at a yard sale a couple of summers ago.
So after seeing Shanty to Chic build a simple frame for a similar mirror, I figured I could do that too. I ripped the paper backing off, scored the glue with a blade and pulled the frame off. It was super easy to get down to the mirror. These mirrors are really cheap, they are super flexible when you get the frame off them so be careful if you decide to do this project! I could see this kind of mirror breaking very easily if not stored properly until the new frame is prepared.
I measured the mirror and made sure to cut my wood so that the sides would overlap the mirror. I cut the long ends first, then took the two long pieces and clamped them together before cutting the ends at 45 degree angles (this way they're the identical length). Then I dry fit the long pieces to the mirror and made sure the shorter pieces were going to fit properly. Mine were a smidgen too long, so I recut the two short boards and dry fit them again before cutting the 45 degree angles on them.
When I had everything fitting together perfectly, I glued the pieces together with a waterproof wood glue and used big rubber bands as clamps to hold the wood in place. I added a couple of staples to make sure everything stayed tight.
I wanted a wood stain look, but I had no stain on hand so I used paint to get this look. I used a bone white paint for the first coat - no primer - with a foam mini roller because I wanted to see wood grain. When it dried to the touch, I used a damp paper towel dipped in Raw Umber acrylic paint (artist's paint tubes) and wiped that over the entire painted surface until I was happy with the colour of the frame. Then I used Minwax Paste Wax in the dark wax colour and waxed the whole surface. Lastly I attached the mirror to the frame using mirror clips.
The mirror clips I bought were heavy duty ones and a little too deep for the mirror, so I added two lengths of 2x1/2 inch plywood to each of the long sides, but if you buy the right clips, you won't have to do that! You could glue the mirror to the frame and skip the clips, but I wasn't sure which glue would hold best so I opted for the clips rather than choose the wrong glue and have it all fall apart later...
Now it can reflect a little more light into my kitchen and I love the look of it!
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