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Giant Leaning Mirror

Who here loves West Elm and Restoration Hardware? Who here doesn't always love the West Elm and RH prices? If you're anything like me when I go shopping I spot something I love and then ask myself, "could I easily make that for less?". That's what happened with this mirror. I saw something like it while window shopping but it seriously had a $1,000 price. I knew I could easily figure this out. The hardest part would be finding the materials. I kept my eye out for a large old mirror and found this mirror for $35. It used to be a horizontal bathroom vanity mirror. At that price, I knew I could make this work. I then visitied my local salvage warehouse and picked up this old scaffolding wood for super cheap. Once I assembled the frame I secured the mirror, leaned it against my bedroom wall, looked at myself in the reflection and said, "Nailed It"!
Time: 1 Days Cost: $50 Difficulty: Easy
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I'm probably a bit biased, but I think this is as pretty as a store bought one!
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Large Mirror
Thick Reclaimed Wood (mine is 2" x 10")
Wood glue
Table Saw
Wood Screws
(4) Metal mending construction plates
Scrap Wood
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Althought reclaimed wood is already beautiful, I still recommend prepping the wood. Once I cut the reclaimed planks to the desiered size (2 @ 1'-8" and 2@7') I got to scrubbing the wood with a TSP and water solution. Once clean and completely dried, I sanded them down using a 120 grit sandpaper. I then wanted to seal my wood but still keep its natural color. I love using Watco Danish Oil and I chose their "natural" option. If you choose to stain and/or apply a finish coat on your wood follow the insturctions on your product's label.
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Now that the wood was cleaned, stained, and cut to size I used some wood glue and a clamp to attach the 4 planks of wood together before securing it with metal mending plates.
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Using 1-1/2" wood screws, I attached mending plates in all four corners of my frame. I was careful to place the plates at a location above where the mirror will sit.
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One it was secured all the way around I stood it up and took it inside to meet its new best friend - my salvaged mirror!
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I carefully lowered the mirror into place. You'll notice the metal plates are out of the way of the mirror. This ensures the mirror is flush to the wood.
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Because I didn't want to spend any uncessary money, I used newer scrap wood I had to act as braces for the mirror. I cut a 1/4" notch in the wood, the thickness of my mirror, so the mirror would have a snug encasement.
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I cut four of these braces in total. Then, I attached them to the back of the frame to hold the mirror in place using wood screws.
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I then stood up my mirror, made sure the glass was snug, and leaned it against the wall in my bedroom. Quick, affordable, and super pretty.

Got a question about this project?

  • Tracy Andrusiak
    Tracy Andrusiak Canada
    on Oct 14, 2016

    Love this! I too have the love hate relationship with Restoration Hardware! Love them but hate the prices! I have been wanting a full length mirror like this forever. Thanks for showing how easy it is and sharing.

  • Sherry Johnson
    Sherry Johnson
    on Oct 14, 2016


  • Giorgia
    Giorgia Brazil
    on Oct 16, 2016


  • Kim Humber
    Kim Humber Canada
    on Oct 23, 2016

    Love it with one caution. Just like tall pieces of furniture, leaning mirrors, artwork etc. should be anchored to the wall for safety.

  • Kateyjones737
    on Dec 8, 2016

    😎cool. Looks much better then store bought....

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