Add farmhouse charm to any mirror with a DIY wood frame mirror makeover! An easy barn wood frame that is easy to customize! Add handy hooks for a hall tree look!
I’ve always desired a full length floor mirror done up in a unique design in the corner of my bedroom.
Mirror makeovers are fun and such a cool way to add your own personal style. One of my favs is this yardstick framed bathroom mirror HERE.
A mirror in this corner of the bedroom would be perfect, but on an angle. Which proved to be a challenge.
Then I thought of purchasing a free standing mirror. 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.
So how about a budget-friendly fix instead? Why not build my own wooden frame around an existing mirror?
About the mirror
The mirror I had on hand is a very common tall and thin door mirror I’ve had for years. In fact, it came from my childhood home!
The size of the mirror is great as it doesn’t take up much width 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 pieces of wood around the mirror to dry-fit my vision of a solid wood frame, I was sold. This DIY barn wood full length mirror makeover was gonna be so cool!
Plus… I could make it match my barn wood headboard, which was the very best part!
So here’s a simple DIY project on how to flip any rectangle shaped mirror into a DIY barnwood full length mirror makeover loaded with your own personal farmhouse style!
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DIY barn wood full length mirror makeover
rectangle mirror of your own choice
reclaimed barn wood boards as long as your chosen mirror
Top coat to protect chippy wood – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Tough Coat HERE (get 10% off)
Paint of choice for stenciling – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black HERE (get 10% off)
Wood stain color if desired (I left the wood raw)
Designing the mirror frame
1. Choose a small or large mirror 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 to fit around the mirror’s dimensions to create a thick frame around the perimeter of your chosen mirror. The two side boards will need to be longer than the height of the mirror.
3. Cut the boards to fit around the original mirror frame, leaving the original mirror frame exposed along the top and bottom, as they will need the new boards to sit on.
How to arrange the boards
No need for miter joins this round! This is simpler.
1. Position the top and bottom boards to touch the top and bottom of the mirror, but not overlap the mirror frame.
2. 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 wall mirror inside the frame, then secure the backing of the mirror 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 on one of the boards.
However, any of THESE sign stencils could work!
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 with no paint bleed
- Position stencil with masking tape where desired.
- Load a stencil brush with paint, then remove most onto a rag until brush feels dry.
- Tap or swirl paint through the stencil to create the stenciled effect.
- Lightly distress by sanding once dry if desired.
Learn more tips on how to stencil from THIS POST.
Protecting the 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, then left to dry.
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 is one of the best products to stock if you work with lots of reclaimed wood. I pick it up all the time.
Adding rustic hooks and hardware
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 in small spaces for hanging clothes, belts, purses, or just home decor!
Some extra accessories such as rusty hinges were also added to chime in with the industrial farmhouse vibe.
One board was also painted in Fusion’s Coal Black to make the mirror frame even more unique.
This barnwood framed mirror was certainly making the room feel farmhouse cohesive already!
Imagine this full length mirror frame installed horizontally as well… would make really cool coat hooks perfect for an entryway.
So… let’s get this rustic mirror into place and decorate it up!
The finished wood frame mirror!
What a fabulous rustic mirror transformation!
Since this was a full length mirror, I felt it didn’t need a stand. If sitting against the wall, it really was tall enough as-is. The barnwood frame really beefed up the structure! Isn’t this now decorative mirror a beauty?!
However I decided to see if I could give the mirror more height without building anything else…
Adding a bench for extra height
A little white chippy bench became a great choice, since it ended up visually anchoring the wood frame mirror even more, while creating a little extra height!
The bench also provides extra side table space to stash some loose change or car keys.
Since the DIY mirror frame is so beefy, it’s large enough to even attach some handy coat hooks to act as a hall tree, or even small shelves if desired!
Oh goodness yes! Now that’s a DIY barn wood frame mirror makeover to love!
The added hooks are so handy to hang clothes and accessories such as a belt or purse, or perfect for decor such as a wreath or otherwise.
So really, this tall mirror became a wall tree. And that’s much more handy than just a mirror in my book.
Other places to use a wood frame mirror:
- end of a hallway
- living room
- bathroom for towels
The full length mirror also ended up being the perfect addition with the barn door headboard, landing the perfect tall and much more interesting mirror I’ve always dreamed of having!
Now that’s a mirror makeover! And here I had all the supplies all along without needing to splurge after all.
Decorative mirrors such as this can take on a variety of styles. Simply choose the wood that suits your space, then frame the mirror to create your own unique dressing room space to your own taste. Whether it’s with an ornate frame or right down to farmhouse chic like this one.
Think you’ll give this easy wood frame mirror idea a go on one of your own plain mirrors? How would you style yours to suit your own room decor?
Other rustic projects to make:
Visit other master bedroom projects HERE
And many other reclaimed wood projects HERE