DIY Wood Mirror Frame

Hi everyone! I have a really fun, inexpensive project today!  I dreamt up this fun wood mirror frame a few weeks ago and Mike helped me figure out how to make it happen.

mirror frame tutorialIsn’t it cool? I think it looks like something out of a West Elm catalogue worth hundreds of dollars.  We spent a whopping $10 to make it and a couple hours of our time.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • wood shims
  • a cheap mirror
  • wood glue
  • nail gun and nails
  • stain {I used 2 colors: Minwax Special Walnut and Early American}
  • a saw or tin snips
  • an old door or large piece of wood
  • wood lath strips

We started by taking a cheap Walmart mirror we had laying around and stripped the back and frame off.

mirror frame mirrorThen we grabbed an old door that used to serve as a desk in our kitchen nook  to attach everything to.  A piece of plywood or any other board that is big enough would work also.  We centered the mirror and used silicone to attach it to the door.

mirror frame gluing mirrorWhile that dried, we laid out the shims and stained them all.

mirror frame stainingWe used about a bundle and a half of shims.

mirror frame stainedWe also used 2 pieces of wood lathe. These are about $1 a piece and you can find them at any home improvement store.

mirror frame lathI gave those a really quick sanding along the edges to remove any splinters and stained them as well.

mirror frame sandingOnce all the stain had dried, I took a stack of 4-5 shims at a time and cut them at a 45 degree angle using the miter saw. You can also use tin snips to cut shims as well because they are pretty thin.

mirror frame cutting shimsNext, we started laying out the shims around the mirror in the design we wanted.  The sides were simple, but the top and bottom took a little more work.  It was sort of like a puzzle, just piecing shims together until it looked good and covered everything.

mirror frame adding shimsOnce we had a pattern we liked, we glued them in place leaving some overhang over the edges.

mirror frame all shimsAfter the glue dried, Mike used a jigsaw to cut the excess off the edges.

mirror frame cutting edgesOnce all the excess was cut off, we went back and used a nail gun to attach the wood lathe to the sides and top/bottom to finish off the door. If I were to do this project over again, I would have added the wood lathe first and then the shims. Trimming the shims at the end so you can’t see the edge of the lathe.  I would also suggest painting or staining the wood you use as a base so you won’t notice any cracks between shims.

mirror frame adding ege

We went back through and filled in any gaps we had between shims or on the corners with extra shim pieces and set up the mirror.

mirror frame up close

mirror frame done

Not bad for $10 and some scrap wood, huh? What do you think of using shims for decor?






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  1. This looks SO cute! It definitely looks like it came from a catalog! PINNING! I popped over from Home Stories A to Z–thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  2. Wow, I love this. Great job. Coming over from TT&J.

  3. This is awesome! I love the rustic, earthy appeal of it—and it’s great too that it was so cheap to make! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Beautiful work, Jessie! It’s gorgeous! I’m including a link back in Monday’s DIY highlights. :)

  5. Arlene Dunbar says:

    ABSOLUTELY A GREAT GREAT IDEA… i have shims and a mirror, so I’m no my way . Since the walls in my house are all wood, I’m going to paint it white probably, but the use is excellent. Thanks

  6. I came across your blog from DIY Show Off. Love it! Looks like it could be really expensive. What a great idea!

  7. It turned out beautifully! I love it. My husband I were just talking about how we need a full-length mirror. This one would be perfect. Pinned!

  8. I did this project a couple of weeks ago:) I love how simple it was to make but it brings so much to my bedroom now! My boyfriend had a door and a mirror laying around his house which made it really cheap for me to do.

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