Weekend Project | Floor Mirror
Home Ideas Magazine - February 2018
Contributed by: Annette Amdahl
Time: 3 hours
- 2ct - 1"x6"x18.5" Pine boards
- 2ct - 1"x6"x64" Pine boards
- 2ct - 1"x3"x29.5" Pine boards
- 2ct - 1"x3"x65.5" Pine boards
- 10ct - 1"x3"x6" Pine boards
- Wood glue
- Paint or stain
- Wood filler
- Miter saw
- Tape measure
- Pocket hole jig
- Power drill
- Brad nailer
- Wood router
Determine the size of your project
For this project, my mirror piece was removed from an outdated mirror I had in storage. This project can be made to any size. You can find frameless mirror pieces at any local lumber yard or even go to a thrift store and find an old mirror to use; just remove any old frame once you get it home.
Cut your wood to size
To determine the lengths of your frame pieces, measure the shortest width of the mirror (see image 1) and subtract two inches from that number. This allows for a ledge for the mirror to rest on. For this example, these shorter pieces are 1"x6"x18.5" and I cut two to size (see image 2). To determine the longer side pieces, lay the 18.5" pieces in place and measure the width between the furthest edges of each. This was 64" for both sides on this project (see image 3).
Connect the frame together
Using a pocket hole jig, drill three holes into all four ends of the 18.5" on the backsides only, for a total of 12 pocket holes (see image 4). Once your holes have been drilled, lay all four frame pieces in place, glue the ends of the shorter pieces and drill them all together to create the rough frame (see image 5).
Add the border
Once your frame pieces are attached, add the dimensional border edge to the piece. To determine the length of your shorter border pieces, measure the shortest end from edge to edge (see image 6). For this project, that was around 29.5" and I cut two of my 1"x3" pieces to that length. Measure the long ends by holding a longer piece in place, marking the cut line and cutting to size. Attach the border pieces with glue and brad nails (see image 7). Use clamps to hold the frame in place to help with easier assembly. Once all four of your border pieces are attached, the edges should look like image 8. Now you can fill in any nail holes with wood filler and then lightly sand the entire frame to prepare it for the finish you'll be applying in the final step (see image 9).
Attach the mirror
Once your frame is assembled, flip it onto its face and lay the mirror face down on the backside in place. To create the brackets that will hold the mirror in place, use a router to cut a 1/4" deep guide on the edges of 10 pieces of 1"x3" boards (see image 10). Evenly space all 10 brackets on the back of the mirror and attach with wood glue and brad nails (see image 11).
Finish the piece
I kept the finish on this piece simple and added a couple light coats of a latex paint (see image 12). Feel free to finish with your own personal touch.