DIY Industrial Mirror With a Floral Twist

6 Materials
$80
6 Hours
Medium

Love the trend but not the price? Here’s how to create a cool industrial DIY IKEA mirror without the price tag.


This is the first mirror I’ve completely made from scratch and was reasonably simple. I’m really happy with how it turned out.

The final piece


Under close inspection by my supervisor

The supplies


As well as the transfer, I used 15 Ikea Lots mirrors, wood trim, chalk paint, and wax.


I also found a Z bar to securely attach the mirror to the wall due to the previously mentioned furry friend who would probably attempt to climb it.


Transfers will stick to the first thing they touch, whether that be a mirror, carpet, or cat (don’t worry, it wasn’t the cat).


I borrowed a spare pair of hands to help line it up and avoid it sticking in the wrong places.


Check out the transfer details here!

Working out the dimensions

I painted behind where the mirrors would sit on the MDF board in the charcoal grey, to avoid any of brown board showing through if they weren’t perfectly in line.


And they weren’t. Know your strengths, mine aren’t measurements.


I wouldn’t normally wax something as plain as the wooden trim but it gave the wood a much richer colour and really made it shine.

With a bit of pre-planning, I screwed the Z bar in from the front before the mirrors were attached. I didn’t fancy a drill coming into close contact with a complete grid of mirrors. I didn’t expect to win that fight if it did.


Assembly


Now, how best to assemble it? From the middle or an edge?


I decided to start in a top corner and even so the measurements did end up being slightly out. So with a little sanding and rejigging the mirrors and trim pieced together.

The final piece

So, the moment of truth.


Picking the complete mirror up for the first time not knowing if the glue had done its job.


The cat’s watching me, and I don’t want a smashed mirror all over the floor.


Fortunately, all went well! It held together perfectly. Take a look at the full piece here!


But the cat isn’t as impressed with the mirror on the wall where she can’t sit on it…

Suggested materials:

  • Mirrors   (IKEA)
  • Transfer   (Hokus Pokus)
  • MDF   (B&Q)
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Rachel
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