How to Make a Farmhouse Mirror Frame

Modern farmhouse style comes from DIY elements with industrial flair. This custom mirror frame has it all at a price you can be happy about.

A new mirror is a quick and easy way to upgrade the style of your bathroom. However, it isn't always the most cost-efficient. To get all the benefits of a statement mirror without leaving a dent in your wallet, consider making your own mirror frame. Here, we show you how to build a farmhouse-style mirror frame complete with industrial hardware and stained wood. This natural wood frame acts as an elevated neutral, so it can be the star of any bathroom. Follow along with our easy steps below to make your own farmhouse mirror frame.  

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What You Need

  • (2) 1x3 boards cut to 26 inches
  • (2) 1x3 boards cut to 28 inches
  • (2) 1x2 boards cut to 32-7/8 inches
  • (2) 1x2 boards cut to 27-1/4 inches
  • Corner clamps
  • Sanding block
  • Wood glue 
  • Finishing nails
  • Nail gun
  • Stain 
  • Paintbrush
  • Drop cloth
  • Clean cloth
  • 4-6-inch L brackets and screws 
  • Matte black spray paint
  • Drill
  • Frameless mirror, we used a 24x30
  • Liquid nails
  • Hanging bracket 

Step 1: Assemble Frame

Sand 1x3 boards with a sanding block until surface is smooth and even. Apply a bead of wood glue at the ends of the 28-inch boards, and align the boards into a rectangle. Make sure the board edges are flush with each other at the corners. If possible, use corner clamps to secure and allow to dry per manufacturer's recommendation. Once dry, tack corner joints into place with a finishing nail. 

Learn how to use a manual sanding block.

Step 2: Build Frame Edge

Apply a thin bead of glue to the length of each 1x2 and apply to the outer edge of each 1x3. The 1x2 board should stand on its 1-inch side and line up with the bottom edge of the frame so that the whole unit sits flat on the table. Repeat on all 4 sides, clamping as you go. Tack each board into place with a finishing nail

Step 3: Stain

Once the glue has dried, apply stain and allow to dry per manufacturer's recommendation. Be sure to have a clean cloth on hand to wipe excess stain. If you're working on a nice table, lay a drop cloth down on the surface before applying stain. 

Step 4: Attach Brackets

While waiting for the stain to dry, spray the L brackets and screw tops with matte black spray paint. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated space, and lay the brackets on a sheet of paper as you spray to protect your table. 

Once the stain has dried, place the L brackets in the corners of the frame on the 1x3 boards and secure with screws.

Step 5: Attach Mirror and Finish

Apply liquid nails to the back side of the frame along the inner edge. Place the front of the mirror on top of the glue. Allow to dry per manufacturer's recommendation. Center mounting hardware along the top of your frame and secure.

1 Comment

  1. might be farmhouse chic, but to me it looks like the brackets should be on the back.



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