How To Make a Window Mirror for under £30!

Want to know how to create a striking and bang on trend feature for your home? Then read on, you’re in for a treat! This is a creative, affordable way of  packing a real punch in any space and so long as you have the tools, there’s no reason you can’t have a go! Spiv tells you how…

The large blank wall in our dining area has been longing to be accessorised for some time now. It is the darkest area in our open plan living space, so I was conscious I wanted to add something that would open up the space and add light. An industrial style window mirror has featured  on my “wish list”  for many months, but those that caught my eye, had a pretty hefty price tag. A trip to my local wood yard and a little imagination has meant that I have been able to create just what I wanted in the perfect colour,  for less than £30!

What you will need:

Half round hardwood beading

Angle Pine Moulding

What you need to do:

  • Take your mirror apart by removing the back and the frame, so you are just left with the glass mirror. I had to remove a few staples and pins to make this possible but it was relatively easy.

  • Lay the mirror face up (so you can see your reflection) on a large surface. Use some old books to raise the mirror  so you are able to work with the edges more easily.
  • To create the frame of the mirror, take the length and width measurements and record these.
  • Mark your first measurement onto you moulding (the length or the width) with two pencil lines. Cut your first 2 mitre joints at a 45 degree angle, using a mitre saw or your chop saw. A mitre box could help you ensure these cuts are accurate or there are a multitude of YouTube tutorials you can watch. 
  • Sand the edge with sandpaper, removing any sharp edges or splinters.
  • Repeat this for all four measurements around the mirror. Place the four moulding pieces around the mirror to ensure they fit neatly together and all joins are accurate before sticking.
  • Using an electric glue gun, glue a side at a time. Be aware the glue attaches to the mirror and secures very quickly so take care that each piece is positioned accurately.
  • Turn the mirror over so you are working with the back of the mirror, once the frame is stuck. Using your 10mm cubed wood strips, cut 10 pieces of wood, 7-10cm long.
  • Using your glue gun, stick the blocks around the back edge of the frame and in the four corners to strengthen the frame. You will find they fit perfectly against the edge of the moulding. These can also be used as attachments for wall hanging.

  • Once these have stuck, turn the mirror back over, so you are able to see your reflection once again and we will move to creating the window effect.
  • Measure the width of the mirror. Divide this measurement by 3 and mark on the wooden frame with a pencil either end. Glue the strips in place as shown below.
  • Repeat and measure the length of the mirror and divide into 3. Mark on both sides of the mirror with pencil and onto the 2 already stuck half moon strips. This will indicate where to glue your pieces of wood from side to side to create a window  affect. Obviously how you decide to create your window affect can be left to personal choice, depending on the size of your mirror and the amount panes you would like.

  • Now measure in between your 3 half moon strips and cut 9 pieces of wood to fit snuggling in between.
  • Position the wood pieces vertically and horizontally. Once you are happy all panes are equal you are ready to glue them.

  • Use masking tape to cover inside each of the panes you have created. Ensure your tape is as close to each edge as possible to avoid paint running onto the glass. Alternatively, you could paint your wood before cutting or even gluing. I assume this would be a far neater option but I learnt the lesson the hard way!

I painted the mirror in Farrow and Ball Railings Estate Eggshell to create a contrast against the Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Grey on the wall. I have recently painted a wardrobe in our home in this colour and fell in love with its depth and richness.

I just love the end result and the reflection emphasises the features in the room, like the exposed brick on the fireplace. I have plans for something similar in my dressing room, which is currently in progress. It will be something a little different, but equally as simple in design so watch this space!

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