Wood Framed Mirror

Wood Framed Mirror


I love dramatically framed statement mirrors but not always the price that goes along with them, so I’ve decided to try to tackle one myself. I have a bunch of great crown molding left from a photo shoot that I did and I thought this would be perfect to make the frame. So to start this project, your first need to find a mirror. I found this mirror at Home Hardware. It’s a great beveled mirror, it’s very inexpensive. So the base for this mirror is going to be a piece of plywood. I had this plywood cut at Home Hardware to size, to accommodate the mirror that I chose. I left about a 4″ band of plywood on other side of the mirror. That way, I’ll have something to nail my molding down to when I get to that part. So we’re going to measure the plywood find the center point. Now we know exactly where out mirror should line up once we glue it down. So now I’m going to apply some No More Nails Adhesive the back of the mirror. And we’re going to apply it all the way on the edges of the mirror. And then we’re going to want to run some across the middle so it adheres firmly to the plywood once we put it down. Okay, so now we’re going to glue it together. I just want to make sure we line up the bottom of the mirror and that the sides are also lining up. Make sure to let this adhesive dry about 20 mins before you begin applying moldings to the mirror. So to protect this mirror from any paint or glue that may get on it, I’m going to cover the edges with green painters tape before I start. So the first piece of molding I’m going to use is a thin 3/4″ decorative molding that I think will make a nice transition between the mirror and the plywood. Because it’s such a thin molding, we really won’t have to use nails to secure it, we can use our construction adhesive again. So I’m going to run a thin bead of construction adhesive along the back of the molding. We want to make sure we push the molding flush up against the edge of the mirror and push it down nice and firmly. Now we’re going to do the same thing with the other 3 pieces. All these corners have been mitered on a 45° angle so they should fit together perfectly. So this is the crown molding that I’m using for the frame. So it’s 6″ wide and has this great detail that I think is going to look great once it’s painted out. When you’re installing crown molding, unlike other moldings, you’re going to be installing it on its edge like this. So when you make the mitered cuts, you want to put it in the miter box the exact same way. So to secure the crown molding, you want to first run a thin bead of construction adhesive along the back of the molding. Then, you want to press it firmly down on the edge of your plywood. And with a little bit of help, I’m going to have someone hold it while I tack down the first piece of a finishing nail. To make sure the nail goes all the way in, you’re going to want to use countersink. We’re going to follow these same steps with all the other pieces of crown molding. But when you get to this part, you’re going to want to put a little bit of adhesive on the edges to make sure that they stick together as well. We’re going to place this down and hold it together like that. So while I’m waiting for the glue to dry, I’m going to use some painters tape to tape the back of the corners. This will hold it in place while the glue dries. I’ve also added a finishing nail to each corner to make sure that all the mitered edges are nice and secure. So now because everything doesn’t always line up and we do need to hide some of the counter sunk nails, I’m going to use my wood filler to fill everything in. You want to make sure that the wood filler gets inside all the cracks. And the good thing about wood filler is that it’s paintable and sandable. So now that the wood filler’s dry, I’m going to sand all the joints. I’m using a super fine sandpaper to make sure that I don’t scratch the wood molding. You want to make sure you get into all the nooks and corners so you have nice, smooth edges. Now I’m ready to paint and I’ve chosen this great Beauti-Tone colour called “Ink”. It’s an almost black colour that I think would look great in any room. So you want to make sure you get a nice amount of paint on your brush and because this is a really detailed molding, you want to make sure you get inside all the little nooks and crannies. So I’ve chosen a latex paint with an eggshell finish because I really didn’t want it to be too shiny in the end. So the first coat’s done. Now, we’ll probably need to give it about 2 more coats before we get the finish that we want. I think this mirror has a really great presence to it. It would look good in the front hall, a bedroom, and would really just add a little bit of extra drama to any room in your house.

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