We made a little progress in the Bungalow Barn bathroom last week, so I thought I’d share one of the DIY projects we created. Two, four-foot tall mirrors on the wall above each sink:
They’re not any taller than the builder-basic sheet of mirror glass they usually stick to the wall in most new homes- but they look more custom because of how they’re framed.
We used this gray-stained lumber from Home Depot to create the frames:
The back side of each board was pretty ugly, so I just used some left over gray paint to cover up that side. After that, Brian the Carpenter cut a groove down each board:
And then we used mirror mastic to stick the (1/8″ thick) mirror glass to (1/4″ thick) luan, and once that had dried overnight, we slid them into the grooves and clamped everything together so that it could be tacked and glued in place for another night:
The total project (for both mirrors) ended up costing about $130, which I thought was pretty great considering they’re 4-feet tall and almost 2-feet wide. (I shopped for similar-sized mirrors before we started this project and most were in the $150-$250 range, per mirror.) Here’s the breakdown:
Mirror glass: $78 (for both 2’x4′ pieces)
Mirror mastic: $5
Lumber: $32 (for four 8′ stalks)
$130 for two mirrors
We used heavy-duty picture hanger loops on the back side of each mirror to hang them (I had some from previous projects). The only thing I would change about them, and hopefully this will help you if you decide to create something similar, is that I would use 1/4″ mirror glass instead of the (thinner) 1/8″ glass. The reason is, when you stand more than four feet away from these mirrors, the reflection starts to get wavy. Sort of “fun house” mirror-esque. :-/ It’s no big deal if you are standing in the bathroom, but if you look in there from the other room, the reflection looks pretty wonky. I opted for the thinner glass because I thought it would weigh less, but I wish the glass man would’ve told me it would look weird from a distance. Oh well. Maybe one day, we’ll re-do the project with the thicker glass?
Live and learn! 🙂