DIY Wood Framed Mirror

This DIY Wood Framed Mirror is the perfect accessory for any space! See our easy, step by step tutorial below.Β 

Lately, I’ve found the need for a full length mirror in our bathroom, which inspired this DIY wood framed mirror. I’m always getting dressed, wondering how it all looks “put together”, so I finally decided it was time to change that thought process. Our master bathroom itself needs a bit of work… it’s still painted that bright blue, and I am so extremely sick of it. I think this may be the project that finally pushes me to take action and make changes as I’m inspired.

This DIY wood framed mirror was so easy to put together…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

I love how it turned out, and it was inexpensive to boot!

Here’s How To Make The DIY Wood Framed Mirror:

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Supplies:

Step One: Remove Existing Mirror Frame

I started with a basic cheap mirror from Walmart, this one is similar…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

I removed the frame and backing, leaving just the mirror…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

Step Two: Distress Fence Pickets

For the frame, I decided to use my stand by, cheap fence pickets…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

One of the reasons I love the fence pickets, is because they are rough cut. It gives them a bit more character, which I love. In this case, I wanted them to be a bit more distressed, so I used a combination of a hammer and nail setter to add random marks to the boards…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, I roughed them up a bit more by using our hand saw to make random cut marks in the wood…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

Step Three: Cut Mirror Backing Material & Build Frame

Once they looked right, we ripped down a piece of 1/4″ underlayment for the backing of the mirror on our table saw…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, we cut the fence pickets to length with our chop saw…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once we knew all the edges were flush, we applied glue to the underlayment…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

Then, we added the fence picket and clamped it down. With it clamped in place, Anthony used our nail gun to attach the two together…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

We did the exact same thing to the other side…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

With the sides done, we cut the end piece and made sure the mirror would sit tight on all sides…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

Step Four: Stain Fence Pickets & Add Silicone

Once the end piece was attached, we lifted the mirror off and I stained the boards with Early American by Minwax…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once the stain was dry, I used dark wax and buffed it over the wood frame.

Then, we applied silicone to the mirror area…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage
DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

*Just as a warning, liquid nails is not for use on mirrors. It will bleed through the mirror backing, making spider web looking marks all over the mirror. The clear silicone works perfectly and adheres to wood and mirrors.

Step Five: Add Mirror

Once the silicone was in place, we carefully added the mirror and added equal, but firm pressure to the mirror…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

Step Six: Install Last Frame Board

Then, once we knew the mirror was tightly fit against all the edges, we added the last end piece…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

Step Seven: Add Pressure To Mirror

To make sure the mirror adhered well to the silicone, we applied equal wight and let it set overnight….

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

The next day I removed the boxes, waxed the frame, and it was ready to use…

Step Eight: Enjoy!

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

I love the thick frame. It totally makes the mirror, and so does the distressing, which is a bit easier to see in person…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

I can’t wait to attach it to our bathroom door. It will be the perfect addition, and a great motivation to keep making progress…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage
DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

And, don’t worry about quality assurance, we have two little helpers who like to make sure they get the final say on things…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

Luckily, they approved…

DIY Framed Mirror- Perfect Touch of Farmhouse!- by The Wood Grain Cottage

These type of DIY projects really are the best. They look great and serve a purpose. Now all I need to do is make one big change! A new paint color is in order… and it’s only been in the works for about 3 years now…

105 Comments

  1. Love it. This is exactly the mirror I’ve been wanting to make for the kids’ bathroom-in-progress, but in a different size for over the sink. Any pointers on that variation? Thanks for the tutorial! πŸ™‚

  2. That mirror is amazing! Looks expensive, but you can smile knowing just how much you saved by doing it with your hubby.

  3. I love seeing what you are up to. Your projects are not only so amazing but so doable! You have such a gift with design and know how. Can’t wait to see what’s next!!

  4. this is such a wonderful idea! I absolutely adore the wood frame–the Home Depot by my house won’t have the fence pickets until spring–I can’t wait, I am going to buy a ton. Someone used them to plank a wall too.

  5. Another wonderful project. You guys make it look so easy. I have home depot cut my plywood to size since we gave away our table saw. Hubby was afraid of it so all we have is a chop saw to work with.

  6. I love all of your diy projects and this is no exception! The mirror is beautiful -well done!!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

  7. Love your new mirror. I enjoy your DIY projects. Thanks for sharing. Will have to put this on the Husband to make wish list! Maybe there will be a few of these on hand for the lucky shoppers at your next market? Your photo shoot models are so cute.

  8. I never thought about fence pickets!!! I have a coffee table I painted in all white I am wanting to put a thin layer of wood over the top to have the stained top look, I think this may be my solution! And the price is awesome!

  9. Love how the mirror turned out! So easy yet so nice. Keep up the good work. How is the fixer upper coming along?

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    1. Thank you! To hang it, you can either install hanging brackets on the back, or, if it’s light enough, use command strips. I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  11. This is the perfect way to frame the full-length mirror I received for my 16th birthday–52 years ago! Now I don’t have to spend $350 for a new mirror for my hall. Thanks.

  12. This looks fantastic & I absolutely love it. I plan to make one for leaning in our bedroom. I just bought a PB one off CL and it does not look nearly as great. Thanks so much for sharing in such detail. I did not know about using the fence pickets or the silicone. I love learning from blogs.

    1. Hi Karen! I’m so glad you’re going to make your own. For the wax, you can either use the dark wax by Minwax, or any dark furniture wax. I’ve used them all, and they all work fabulous on wood! I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  13. You’re photo’s and step by step details are a great help. NOW I’ll take it off the back of the closet door and do it right. THANKS!!

    1. Hi Sharon! For the wax, you can either use the dark wax by Minwax, or any dark furniture wax. I’ve used them all, and they all work fabulous on wood! I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  14. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT !!! I have just the perfect place for this in my bedroom πŸ™‚ Thank-you so much for the idea.

  15. I absolutely love this!! Thank you for the inspiration and the detailed tutorial!!:) I’m having a hard time figuring out the piece of underlayment, and the size/dimensions needed. I was overwhelmed at Home Depot, so thought I’d ask you:) thanks!

    1. Thank you so much, Melanie! For the underlayment, we buy an entire 4′ x 8′ sheet. I always find plenty of uses for the extra material! I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  16. Absolutely love this mirror. I love that basket so much as well. Would you mind letting me know where you found it? I was hoping to get one too! Great work! Vanessa

  17. I ripped off the back of one of my cheap doors. I’m going to see if I can make my “found” mirror work with that door frame. Looks like it would be the perfect size.

    Love this!!! Well done.

    1. Hi Julie! Yes, we did cut the underlayment material. We based it off of the size of our mirror, and frame. The full size of the mirror and frame is 23β€³ wide x 59β€³ tall.
      I hope that helps. πŸ™‚
      Shayna

    1. Hi Jon! The full size of the mirror is 23β€³ wide x 59β€³ tall. The mirror was 12″ wide x 47 3/4″ long when we started. I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

      1. What are the lengths of your frame boards? (2 longer sides & 2 shorter ones) I don’t have a saw so I have them cut for me at Home Depot.

  18. Are you not concerned with the silicone eventually eating the back of the coating on the mirror? I would think that Mirror Mastic would have been a much better/safer choice to mount the mirror to the wood?

    Looks great and I plan on doing something very similar but definitely going to use mirror mastic as recommended by the glass/mirror company. They say using silicone will eventually leave marks through the mirror.

    1. Hi Nigel! Thanks for the comment. We haven’t had any issue with the silicone, and it’s been over a year since we made this mirror. Hope that helps.

  19. When I saw this beauty I had to do it immediately! Just finished yesterday and it looks amazing! The only thing I had issues with was the fence boards not being completely flat. I also used special mirror adhesive to secure the mirror. To help cut cost even more, I used furniture backer board from Home Depot which I had the. Cut down for free. Thank you for sharing your beautiful cost friendly project! I enjoyed doing it with the hubby and it looks amazing in my living room!!! ?

  20. I absolutely love this mirror. But I have to ask how did you separate the mirror from the frame without it cracking or breaking? I’ve gone through 2 mirrors. πŸ™

    1. Hi Kathy! I am so sorry to hear about your struggle! When I bought the mirror for this project, the frame was already coming off. Since then, we’ve completed this project several other times with success. We just break the cheap, plastic frame and pull it off. I hope that helps! Good luck! πŸ™‚

        1. This project would be around $40 to $45, depending on the size of the mirror. We had several wood scraps left over, so I just had to purchase the mirror.

  21. Looks great! How did you hang it on the wall? We are making one but are struggling with the best way to hang something so heavy. TIA!

  22. Thank you so much for this DIY! We’re in the midst of it and I’m afraid I’ve made a mistake. I bought the $1.64 cheapest fence pickets that I’ve now realized are wet treated wood (and they are damp) and I’m realizing now after reading online that they have to dry out before staining. Have I ruined this project? I see now that you linked to the cedar which I should have gotten. Have you ever worked with the cheap ones?

    1. You’re very welcome! I’m happy you’re going to make your own! If I were you, I would use the regular fence pickets. The damp wood will warp, causing your mirror to bend/ bow. You can also use a 1″ x 4″ board, or a 1″ x 6″ too. Just make the necessary adjustments! Good luck! πŸ™‚

  23. This looks amazing… but is there any way to do this without all of those saws? That’s like $1,000+ for equipment. I love the rustic homemade look of this but I could probably buy a framed mirror like this at Target or HomeGoods and rough it up a little. πŸ™ I’d love to know if you thought it was possible for us to make it work without such expensive equipment!

    1. Totally understandable! We do have quite the collection of tools, but you could absolutely make this without all the tools! A jigsaw would go a long way with this project!

  24. Yipee!!! That looks awesome and Finally solves my issue! I’m making a barn door for my walk in and wanted it to be mirrored…So excited!!!!!

  25. Love this ?!
    So glad the cuts are straight and not mitred. This is just what we need and right at my skill level. Can’t wait to get started!

  26. Thanks so much for this diy project! I actually just finished following it and am so incredibly happy with the end result!

      1. Do u think there’s anyway to don this project w/o having a chop saw & table saw? I’m a single mom and don’t have tools like that, but would LOVE to make this for my daughter’s 17th bday (since her sweet 16th got screwed ny covid). She would absolutely love this. Not sure if u have answer to this – but if I bought wood materials from Home Depot or other local hardware store, do u think if I had all measurements exactly right, they would be able to cut that rype of material for me at the hardware store??
        U did such a beautiful job!! I’ve been looking to buy similar one and the are well over $200-300.
        Thx for any help u might provide.
        Angie

        1. Thank you Angie! Yes, I do think Home Depot will cut the material to length for you if you know your measurements. Our local Home Depot offers this as an option, so I imagine yours would as well. I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  27. The method of making a mirror frame is gorgeous, this is a very informative article for me. because I do a little bit of woodworking in my free time.. thanks for sharing your valuable ideas…

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