Frame an old mirror with barnwood

Learn how to frame an old mirror with barnwood to instantly revamp a plain mirror into one filled with rustic farmhouse charm! Includes an Antique sign and how to protect chippy barn wood. Click to read full tutorial.

Frame an old mirror with barnwood

I’ve always desired a cool looking tall mirror in the corner of my bedroom.


Empty corner of the bedroom, ready for a mirror!
Remember my empty corners post? I’ve always felt this bedroom corner needed a tall mirror on an angle, which proved to be a challenge.

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…

Learn how to frame an old mirror with barnwood to instantly revamp a plain mirror into one filled with rustic farmhouse charm! Includes an Antique sign and how to protect chippy barn wood. Click to read full tutorial.

About the mirror

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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!

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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

 

Supplies used:
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a tall and skinny price efficient mirror

reclaimed barn wood that equalled the length of the mirror

Antiques stencil (found HERE)

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


Learn how to frame an old mirror with barnwood to instantly revamp a plain mirror into one filled with rustic farmhouse charm! Includes an Antique sign and how to protect chippy barn wood. Click to read full tutorial.

Designing the mirror frame

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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:

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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.

Learn how to frame an old mirror with barnwood to instantly revamp a plain mirror into one filled with rustic farmhouse charm! Includes an Antique sign and how to protect chippy barn wood. Click to read full tutorial.

Supporting the mirror inside the frame

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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.

Antiques stencil

View the Antiques stencil HERE

About the Antiques stencil

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To add some additional farmhouse charm, an Antiques stencil was used to create a sign along one of the boards.

 

How to stencil a rustic Antiques sign onto reclaimed wood for a mirror makeover loaded with farmhouse charm! Click to read full tutorial.
How to stencil a rustic Antiques sign onto reclaimed wood for a mirror makeover loaded with farmhouse charm! Click to read full tutorial.

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:

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  1. Position stencil with masking tape where desired.
  2. Load a stencil brush with Fusion’s Coal Black, then remove most paint onto a rag to create a dry-to-the-touch brush.
  3. Tap or swirl paint through the stencil to create the stenciled effect of choice.
  4. Lightly distress by sanding once dry if desired.

Learn more tips on how to stencil from THIS POST.


Learn how to protect chippy reclaimed wood by brushing on a coat of Tough Coat! Click to read full tutorial.

Protecting reclaimed barn wood
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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.

How to add rustic hooks to a hall tree styled mirror makeover to hang up your clothes! Click to read the full tutorial.

How to add rustic hooks to a hall tree styled mirror makeover to hang up your clothes! Click to read the full tutorial.

Adding rustic hooks
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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!


Learn how to frame an old mirror with barnwood to instantly revamp a plain mirror into one filled with rustic farmhouse charm! Includes an Antique sign and how to protect chippy barn wood. Click to read full tutorial.

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!



Learn how to frame an old mirror with barnwood to instantly revamp a plain mirror into one filled with rustic farmhouse charm! Includes an Antique sign and how to protect chippy barn wood. Click to read full tutorial.

The finished mirror!
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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…


Learn how to frame an old mirror with barnwood to instantly revamp a plain mirror into one filled with rustic farmhouse charm! Includes an Antique sign and how to protect chippy barn wood. Click to read full tutorial.

Adding a bench for extra height

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This little white chippy bench ended up being perfect!

The bench also provides an extra place to stash some loose change or car keys.




Learn how to frame an old mirror with barnwood to instantly revamp a plain mirror into one filled with rustic farmhouse charm! Includes an Antique sign and how to protect chippy barn wood. Click to read full tutorial.

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!



Learn how to frame an old mirror with barnwood to instantly revamp a plain mirror into one filled with rustic farmhouse charm! Includes an Antique sign and how to protect chippy barn wood. Click to read full tutorial.

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?

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Learn how to build a ladder nightstand with shelves for a tall bed! Click to read full tutorial.

Learn how to build a ladder night stand

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22 thoughts on “Frame an old mirror with barnwood

  1. Love this “take” on a hall tree. And, you are so right, it is a perfect fit with the new headboard.

    You are amazing. And I love how you so creatively use your stash or collection of rustic items to embellish the items you make.

  2. Before I spend time reading all the details of your mirror revamp, I just gotta tell you that I can’t wait to do the same with a mirror I’ve never really liked. And I will get to use my cordless screwdriver my husband gave me for Christmas. I charged it up and I squealed with delight when it worked. OMG – I am excited. By the way, your ceiling on your porch shows up well in the mirror. I kinda like it. Thanks for the ideas! Take care.

    • YESSSSS! Make that thing start working Joanne! And I want to hear a progress report!

      As for the ceiling, it’s pretty awesome! It’s made from white transparent like corrugated plastic so the sunlight penetrates it somewhat. Never feels dark, it’s wonderful!

  3. Very creative! I like how you left the pointy piece on the top of the left board. And I also love the stencil idea. It’s probably a little too rustic for my home decor but I was thinking it could be used in a junk-themed garden space with or without the mirror.

    Good job. Thanks for sharing the project.

    Oh, and the old hardware hinges absolutely make it!

    • Thanks Naomi! I could totally see this idea being used with new, non chippy wood as well! Knowing how this worked out encourages me to pick cheap mirrors so I can do unique things to them! Who knew? 🙂

  4. Sigh – I just sent one of these mirrors off to the thrift store. NOW you tell me what to do with it! LOL Beautiful results!

  5. I don’t care how many times I come across your website, which has been many many and all I can say is that I love everything you! Everything!

  6. Thanks for sharing Donna! I love this idea. I’ve got a long frameless mirror sitting in my garage I wasn’t sure what to do with and now you’ve inspired me 🙂 Some old wooden pallet planks will be perfect for it. Do you think I should maybe glue the wood to the mirror or the cross support boards would be enough to hold it in place?

    • Hi Kasia! I think it’s a matter of whatever will work. Since my frame overlaps the mirrors from the front, I see no need for glue myself. It all depends how you decide to frame it I suppose!

  7. I love it and love your “complete” instructions. I find many sites leave out so many steps that you really are guessing to do the project. Maybe that makes it more fun for some but not me lol! I am totally in love with your curtain valance! Any chance there’s a dyi on it?? 😊♥️

  8. Eeeek! Is this a new project? I love it. You are the master at adding just the right amount of junk, without making it look junky, lol!
    I LOVE it!

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