I’m pretty bad about cycling through furniture and decor. I used to have a large IKEA wall mirror, but I sold it when we moved to our Corkwood house and didn’t have a place for it. I’ve done this a lot, sold things I couldn’t find a use for at the moment, then kicked myself later when I finally have a spot for it again! But that’s okay. When you build, you can always make something better! That’s how I feel about this wall mirror I made using reclaimed wood from my dad’s barn. The mirror itself is just a $5 over-the-door mirror from Lowes. I simply laid it out in the sunshine to melt the hot glue holding it to the frame, then used a carpet knife to loosen it and pulled it off.
Once the mirror glass was free, I took measurements to make my frame. I decided on a super simple construction for this first one. As the boards were only a 1/2 inch thick, pocket holes wouldn’t work well. My stapler was also a bit too hefty. So I went all old-school on it and simply cut some scrap 1×4 and screwed them into each corner with 1″ screws.
Once the frame was ready, I used a 6-pack of mirror clips to hold it in place. So easy! And for less than $10 in supplies, I had a full-length mirror that looked pretty fancy with that rustic wood.
I had the perfect corner for it, and decided that I wanted to hang it as sturdy as possible since I have a handsy toddler running around. I was a bit leery of her pushing on it and having the mirror crash down on her head. So, I took the easy route: 3″ screws directly into studs!)
I’m actually pretty pleased with how this corner is coming along in our master bedroom. I found this amazing old theater seat at the Wimberley Market Days this month, and am kicking myself that I didn’t buy its mate too. Hopefully the vendor will still have it in August so I can snatch it up! And yes, that’s a lot of deer skull mounts on the wall. Jacob is an avid hunter (which is great now with our homesteading ambitions, as we get a freezer full of organic, free-range meat!) and insisted on displaying his mounts in the house. I figured this was the least offensive area, in our bedroom. That way if I have “city folks” come visit they don’t have to fear dead eyes staring at them all day! And I had a little fun with the irony of hanging our marriage license over on the “dead wall”. My husband didn’t find it as amusing as I did.
Over time it will be nice to keep filling out the wall with mounts and rustic memorabilia. Now if I can just find that matching chair and build a little table this section will be complete!
Charlie has had such a blast checking herself out in the mirror that I realized she didn’t have one in her own room. So, why not make her one too?
I actually like this one better than mine! I got a little bit fancier, plus the thinner wood seems more proportionate to the mirror width. This was an old piece of tongue-and-groove siding, and I was thrilled with how it all lined up with those 45 degree angles.
For this one, I glued the joints and used L brackets to hold them in place. I also used the same hanging method, with screws drilled through the frame into studs.
Nothing will be coming down on my baby’s head, that’s for sure! I moved one of her canvases to make room for the mirror, and covered the other two in cork I found in my mom’s attic. Not sure if that’s how they’ll stay, it’s not wanting to stick to the canvas much. Below them I’d like to make a skinny dollhouse, since we’ve discovered Charlie is enamored with them. And with that second birthday coming up next month, I may just get it done in time!
And I don’t want this to come off as bragging, but I cannot express how good, how satisfying it feels to be able to look at a blank space and think, “I’d really like a mirror there,” then be able to just buy a few materials, scavenge unique lumber, and build what I see inside my head. It is one of the best feelings in the world! There’s something empowering about being able to do things yourself and not always rely on someone else to do it for you. So I just want to encourage any readers out there who have been afraid to try out some tools. If I can do it, you sure can too!