Friday, October 9, 2009

Mirror Mirror on the wall

Using mirrors can be tricky, because what they reflect is not always what you want hanging on your wall.  I like to use mirrors across the room from windows because they reflect the outdoors and bounce light all around the room.  I knew I wanted to put mirror up in the dining area of our combination living and dining room.  Across from the "dining wall" is a large sliding glass door.

I was planning on using this mirror that I had made for a previous house:

All I did to make this mirror was to mount 8 12 inch mirrors onto a piece of plywood, and then frame it with some window casing.  Originally I was going to have black dowels separating the mirrors, but I did my math wrong, cut one of the casings too short - did not have the budget to buy another piece of casing so I had to make do with what I had.  It still turned out fine but it always bothered me.

When we moved in to this house that mirror wound up looking like this:

Whoops!!  At first I was upset, but then I realized I had an opportunity to right what I had wronged.

Back to the drawing board (or back to Hobby lobby for mirrors).  All they had were 8 inch mirrors, so I wound up making 2 sets of four mirrors.

This is a super easy project, and is pretty inexpensive - although moulding does add up - and it's best if you can catch the mirrors on sale.

For each one you'll need:
- a 24X24 piece of MDF (mine was 1/4 inch thick) $2.25
- 4 eight inch beveled mirros (you can usually find these in the wedding decoration aisle) $1.99 each
- 4 feet of lattice (I used 1 and 1/8 inches wide) - $1.20
- 8 feet of moulding (I used window casing and bought a little extra so there would be some room for error)
3.5 inches wide - $1.29 per linear foot
-Gorilla Glue
Total cost for each mirror= around $20!!

First I cut all my pieces, (Well, I had Jarrod do it this time so there would be no mistakes :-)), then doused them with some satin finish black spray paint.  I worked from the inside out, gluing down the lattice in the middle.  Once those were exactly where I wanted them, I put glued the mirrors down.  After the mirrors were in place, I glued the casings as well.  (I didn't want to nail the casings #1 because of holes to fill and #2 because I didn't want to budge the mirros out of place by nailing - or BREAK anything again)
This is what I wound up with:

Not bad for $20!

I'm linking this up to the Gorilla Glue party over at Shanty2Chic.  Thanks girls, for all of your inspiring ideas!!

Shanty 2 Chic

P.S.  I'm sorry, I did read the rules and I'm disqualified from the contest because I don't have pictures of when I made these.


  1. This is such a great idea! It turned out terrific.

  2. I love it! They look beautiful above your dining room table. Great idea, and very thrifty!

  3. Way to turn that frown upside down! What a great idea!

  4. You're still a winner...these turned out great!!!

  5. Those look great! Love it! I came from Shanty2Chic

  6. Very pretty! I love them :)
    You did a great job!

  7. Very nice on your dining room wall! I love the window look.

  8. This is mirrors on the wall! In fact, that was my gorilla glue project too :o)

  9. I love this idea!! It really classes up the room.

  10. I really love the windows...they turned out great!

  11. I really like the mirrored window frames. It's a good idea hanging them across from a window so they reflect the outdoors.

    I like using window frames for framing art. Also finding old window frames that make a great art piece on their own.

  12. You did a great job. I have a party Its SO Very Creative and I hope you will post it. I love this.

    AND I followed you.


  13. I love these mirrors also, I was wondering how you hung them on the wall.

  14. Awesome stuff on this site! Hopefully you still recieve comments from this one.(2 years later.) I wanted to say that couldn't you cut a dowl in half and glue it across the top of the mirrors, to seperate them?

  15. How did you secure to the wall? Nails, glue?

  16. How did you secure to the wall? Nails, glue?


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