Knock-off Metallic Mirror Frame


Megan at 'the homes I have made' transformed her bedroom with painted furniture and new accessories. What I found striking in this room setting is the metallic silver mirror. Bought for over $120 (R1000), you can easily make this beautiful mirror at a fraction of the cost with a few materials and supplies that can be found at your local hardware store
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YOU WILL NEED:
2 of 2400mm lengths of 10 x 94mm PAR pine*
Exterior wood glue
Exterior crack filler
Rust-Oleum Metallic Silver or gold spray paint
2 eye hooks and picture frame hanging wire
Mirror - cut to size once frame is complete
10 glass clips and 10mm screws
Paint scraper
Wooden spoon
Container of water
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1. The first step is the make the frame. There are various methods for making your own frames and I have explained several different frame options on the website. For this project I am making a very simple frame using 10mm thick PAR pine, but feel free to make a frame of your choice.
To fasten the frame together I used my Bosch Tacker and staples at the front and back of each join. Since the entire front will be covered you won't see the staples.
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2. To mount the mirror you can cut a rebate at the back using a router and cutting bit. However, if you are using 10mm thick pine this is not thick enough to cut out a rebate and you will need to mount the mirror differently.
You can use brass corner brackets to secure the mirror onto the back of the board, or add some glass pins around the mirror.
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3. Mix up a thick paste using crack filler and wood glue. Start by adding the crack filler to a bucket and then add a small amount of water to wet. Now you can slowly add the wood filler to make a paste of thick consistency. You want a paste that is the consistency of whisked meringue. If the paste starts to thicken as you work, add a little more wood glue to loosen up.
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4. Spread a thin layer of paste over the entire front of the frame and let this dry. Once the first coat is dry you can pile on a second layer. This is the layer that will add the finished effect.
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5. Working in small sections at a time, apply the paste with the paint scraper and then quickly dip the wooden spoon in water and use to press and smooth to create ripples in the paste.
6. Continue adding paste and creating ripples with the spoon.
diy knock off metallic mirror frame, crafts, home decor, how to, wall decor
diy knock off metallic mirror frame, crafts, home decor, how to, wall decor
diy knock off metallic mirror frame, crafts, home decor, how to, wall decor
GOOD TO KNOW:
It's important that the spoon always be wet to prevent the paste from sticking to the spoon and also to have a nice smooth depression.
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7. Let the plaster dry for a couple of hours but before it sets too hard, use a sharp craft knife to cut away any mess on the inside and outside edges. Sand this smooth with 120-grit sandpaper.
GOOD TO KNOW:
After finishing the entire frame let this dry overnight. It isn't recommended that you do this on a hot day - you don't want the plaster to dry too fast and crack.
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diy knock off metallic mirror frame, crafts, home decor, how to, wall decor
Unfortunately my local Builders didn't have the Rust-Oleum Metallic spray in stock, so I had to use Rust-Oleum Universal Satin Nickel. It didn't come out as shiny as the original, but I will re-spray once stock comes in and add the new pic to this page. Although to be honest, it does look stunning in real life - the photo doesn't do justice to the finished frame
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Here is the same mirror after applying two coats of Rust-Oleum Speciality Metallic gold - much better and definitely a far shinier effect.
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To finish off secure your mirror to the back of the frame. Screw in a couple of eye hooks and add the wire to hang onto the wall.
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  • Britni E
    on Apr 5, 2018

    Which brand of wood glue and cracker filler did you use? And how much of each? Can't wait to try this!

    • JJ
      on May 22, 2018

      Not to butt in but I will lol...I use gorilla wood glue always and any type of wood filler should work. You get what u pay for

      I've used cheap ones and it didnt set right and ended up having to chip it out resend and start over with a medium priced wood filler I found for 10$ at home depot.

  • Sarah Bermingham Quinn
    on May 13, 2018

    What is the wall paint color and the dresser paint color that match the silver so beautifully?

  • Kimberly Snapp
    on Jun 28, 2018

    Can this technique be done on a non-wood frame?

    • Elaine Johnson
      on Aug 26, 2018

      That is beautiful. And Janice , yes you can do that on almost anything. I've done it on plastic frame .

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  • Kat33893581
    on Sep 6, 2018

    I'm refurbing my lounge soon. The theme will match the Laura Ashley white with a silver glitter sparkling pattern wallpaper I've already bought. AND I'm definitely going to do this mirror project. It looks soooo beautiful, and easy to do. I'm soooo in love with the mirror that I am going to make it in advance, before I decorate, as I can't wait until next year when I'm going to wallpaper. So thanks soooo much for this project. Xkat

  • Dori B
    on Oct 11, 2018

    So beautiful ... I love it!

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