Frame an old mirror with barnwood
I’ve always desired a cool looking tall mirror in the corner of my bedroom.
So I thought of buying a new fancier mirror at a store. But once I looked online for ideas, the concept looked relatively easy to make with some barn wood I had left over from THIS big barnwood haul.
And that’s when I thought, I already have all the supplies I need to frame an old mirror with barnwood for that added rustic farmhouse charm!
Wait until you see how easy it was to transform plain mirror into something extra special…
About the mirror
I’ve had this tall skinny mirror for years. In fact, it’s the mirror that came off the door from my childhood bedroom!
The size of the mirror is great as it doesn’t take up much space! But I’ve always felt it could use a little more visual weight. And that’s where this hefty barnwood score came in handy!
Positioning some barn wood around the mirror to dry fit my vision, I was sold. This was gonna be fun!
In fact, this barnwood framed mirror would even match the barn door headboard since the wood is from the same barn score!
The barnwood framed mirror turned out amazing. And couldn’t have been simpler to do!
Here’s how I did it:
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Frame an old mirror with barnwood
a tall and skinny price efficient mirror
reclaimed barn wood that equalled the length of the mirror
Top coat to protect chippy wood – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Tough Coat HERE
Paint of choice for stenciling – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black HERE
Designing the mirror frame
1. To beef up a frame of an existing mirror, choose one with a very flat frame, or remove a mirror out of its existing frame. I left mine intact for added durability.
2. Arrange random boards around the perimeter of your chosen mirror. The two side boards will need to be longer than the mirror.
3. Cut to fit as desired, then screw the boards together at all four corners of the frame. The screws will show.
How to arrange the boards:
Position the top and bottom boards to touch the top and bottom of the mirror, but not overlap the mirror frame.
Place the side boards on top of the top and bottom boards, so they completely cover the sides of the mirror’s original frame.
The yard stick shown was to hide the mirror frame, which I decided not to use after all. But it is a cool detail you could add!
Here’s an example of using a yardstick to frame THIS BATHROOM MIRROR.
Supporting the mirror inside the frame
4. Position the mirror inside the frame, then secure it with angled cedar strips screwed into the mirror frame from the back.
This simple concept worked very well! And it’s easy to dismantle if desired too.
About the Antiques stencil
To add some additional farmhouse charm, an Antiques stencil was used to create a sign along one of the boards.
5. Antiques was stenciled in Fusion’s Coal Black onto one of the boards to create rustic sign interest.
For some added uniqueness, the Antiques word sits sideways!
How to stencil to create sharp images with no paint bleed:
- Position stencil with masking tape where desired.
- Load a stencil brush with Fusion’s Coal Black, then remove most paint onto a rag to create a dry-to-the-touch brush.
- Tap or swirl paint through the stencil to create the stenciled effect of choice.
- Lightly distress by sanding once dry if desired.
Learn more tips on how to stencil from THIS POST.
Protecting reclaimed barn wood
6. Because the chippy barn wood kept flaking, a coat of Fusion Mineral Paint’s Tough Coat in a matte finish was brushed on top.
Tough Coat is a clear protective sealer that will help keep barn wood from chipping, protect you from lead paint, adds protection for the sign as well as adding a slight sheen to the wood surface so it’s easier to clean.
This product is a must-stock if you work with lots of reclaimed wood.
Adding rustic hooks
7. Random rustic hooks were installed to the mirror frame so the mirror could be used like a hall tree.
Hooks come in so handy for hanging clothes, belts, purses, or just home decor!
One board was also painted in Fusion’s Coal Black to make the mirror frame even more unique.
This barnwood framed mirror was certainly taking shape!
Imagine this frame installed horizontally as well… would make really cool coat hooks perfect for a front entry.
So… let’s get this rustic little mirror into place and decorate it up!
The finished mirror!
Isn’t this tall vertical mirror a beauty?
Newly loaded with farmhouse charm, while celebrating random pieces of barnwood. What a difference a little wood made!
The mirror looked great standing right on the floor. But I decided to try one more thing to add even more height…
Adding a bench for extra height
This little white chippy bench ended up being perfect!
The bench also provides an extra place to stash some loose change or car keys.
Oh goodness yes! Now that’s a rustic farmhouse mirror to love!
At the moment, the hooks hang a faux boxwood wreath and belt… but they can be easily switched out for clothing as well!
The mirror also looks amazing teamed up with the barn door headboard, ending up with the perfect tall and much more interesting mirror I’ve always dreamed of having!
And here I had all the supplies all along…
Think you’ll give this easy barnwood framing idea a go on one of your own plain mirrors?
Other related projects you may enjoy:
Visit other master bedroom projects HERE
And many other reclaimed wood projects HERE