You love the Pottery Barn look for your new home, but you have more of a Walmart budget? Oh girl, I can totally relate. Maybe you’ve even gone so far as to fill up your online cart full of the perfect pieces that will create your amazing space. But then you abandon the online cart, much like a mother quickly leaving her half-full grocery cart thanks to the insane 3-year-old meltdown. Because, well really, who can justify $10,000 for their redecorated bedroom? And if you don’t pull out quick something bad is going to happen. Something like a UPS truck full of furniture just for you.
I get it. 100% get it. If I’ve learned something through my blogging journey so far it is that there are some items that are worth the investment. (When you can afford the investment that is. Please do not go take on credit card debt and then tell your husband I told you to. Please. I’d like us to stay friends, not enemies.) There are also some items that you can save money on thanks to some DIYing. Maybe the finished product won’t be a family heirloom. But it will be something you will be proud of both because it looks fabulous, and it saved you some money!
Which is the exact reason why the last piece I needed for our bedroom, a mirror, ended up being a DIY project. I have too many other projects to work on, and furniture pieces on my wish list. I’m not going to spend $200 on a mirror when I already have one hanging on the door to my closet! But I really wanted it to match my modern farmhouse styled bedroom.
So what did I do? I took the $10 mirror that’s been on my bedroom door for 10 years and spent $30 to make it look like an expensive mirror, that perfectly fits the style of the space!
Want to make your own farmhouse floor mirror and save yourself some money? (As well as extra-large UPS deliveries?) I’ve made it as simple as possible with this supply list and clear steps. Take a look.
- frameless door mirror (This is the one I used, and have had on my door for years.)
- 1 by 12 boards to frame your mirror, cut at a 45 degree angle ***
- underlayment (Add 8 inches to the length and width of your mirror and have the piece cut to this size.)
- liquid nails
- silicone glue
- nail gun
- (4) corner braces
- black spray paint
*** You can adjust the width of these boards to whatever suits your taste. Take into consideration the height of the mirror you are starting with. Because of the slanted ceilings in my room I used 1 by 8 boards so it would fit in my room.
step 1 | Start by giving the boards that will frame the mirror a weathered look. I have shared my favorite method, using furniture wax, over here. It’s easy, and less mess than stain or paint. Plus, I love the slight gray tint that it gives the wood.
step 2 | Apply a layer of silicon glue to the center of the underlayment, where the mirror will go. Center the mirror onto the glue.
step 3 | Generously apply liquid nails to the remaining edge of the underlayment and then position the weathered boards around the mirror. Add weight to the wood and mirror and allow the mirror to dry.
step 4 | Add a few nails with a nail gun to the mirror frame, to ensure it will all stay in place.
step 5 | Spray paint the L-brackets black and allow to dry. Center the brackets in each corner and screw in place.
You’ll love how simple it is to frame out the mirror and how much of an upgrade it will be for your room! What are your thoughts? Love the final product? Make sure you pin it for later and share with others.
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Check back in soon for the full bedroom reveal that will include everything from blue painted dressers to this new farmhouse style mirror!