Build a Rustic Mirror Frame: A How-To

I know the rustic look isn’t for everyone, but I sure do love it! When we moved into our current home, there was a plain old mirror hung on the wall with mirror clips. We promptly removed it, and it’s been sitting in my closet ever since. So I finally decided to do something with it. My dad had given me a gorgeous board of walnut, but I didn’t have enough to do the entire mirror without ripping it down. Instead of ruining the lovely grain and texture, I grabbed a piece of rustic cedar he’d also sent home with us for the top. You can hardly even tell the difference!

I loooooove this wood. It has a history, and you can really see it. This is the kind of weathering that’s hard to fake. But, you can easily use this tutorial to build a mirror frame with new wood a few simple methods. Follow the jump to read how!


8 thoughts on “Build a Rustic Mirror Frame: A How-To

  1. I found your site through Ana White’s – just checking out blogs that are in her list. Truthfully, I almost passed you by – I was thinking you would be more what? umm, sophisticated, classical, metal & glass? Anyway, I really glad I found you. You have things that interest me and I love your blog. Thanks for the good read.

    1. Thank you Maddie! Let’s hope it doesn’t break again on me, I don’t think I could handle much more bad luck 😉

  2. Can you explain why exactly it broke the first time? I’m definitely a beginner, so if you made a mistake, it’s pretty likely that I’ll do the same thing! Thanks 🙂

    1. Jana, I tightened the mirror clips too much and as I was screwing in the last one it shattered the mirror. The clips just need to be tight enough to hold the mirror in place and not rotate. So go easy on the clips! 🙂

  3. Killer B just noticed your confession re: Kreg screws – me too!!!! I never buy their pricey screws (truthfully my HD is almost always out of stock) so by luck I had to use my regular wood screws with the longer bit – MIRACLE. I’ll never go back, the only difference is the screw head shape fits their long bit which is all hidden in the pocket hole anyways 🙂 Glad to know I’m not the only one.

    1. I also hate the new version of the screw, the head that lets you use a square or phillips head bit. It doesn’t tighten anywhere near as well as the old ones did.

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