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Floor mirrors are expensive!  Would you like to learn how to make your own cheaper?  Read on.

I love them and how they open up a room.

Although I’m not a thereisamirrorgottocheckmyhair kind of person.

Because my hair is usually covered in sawdust!

I wanted two large mirrors to lean against a wall.

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Mirrors similar to this Pottery Barn Benchwright Floor Mirror.

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Stunning isn’t it!

This could be a matter of which came first…I saw the Pottery Barn Floor Mirror and I had already made one. Actually two!

Here’s the one in the living room.

Floor Mirror Country Design Style

And here’s the one in the master bath.

Floor Mirror Country Design Style

Here’s how I made the mirrors

I found two closet sliding mirror doors at a yard sale both for $15. Large mirrors are usually easy to find at restores too. The sliding closet doors have silver or gold metal all around the edges. I used a screwdriver and removed the screws from each corner and was left with two mirrors 3 feet wide by 6 feet high. The mirrors were made in our driveway…it was way  HOT and I didn’t take pictures along the way:(

At our local lumberyard, I purchase four 2 by 8 boards and four 2 by 6 boards, plus two 4 x 8 sheets of 1/8″ hardboard. {It’s cheaper than plywood.} Still, I spent $90. I had the paint.

Router Cut Country Design Style

Along one side of each board, I routered a 1/4″ rabbited edge to insert the mirror.

Floor Mirrors Router

On the other side I a routered decorative edge on both sides. The beaded edge is my favorite decorative edge.

Next, I mitered the boards just like making a frame. Only on a huge scale!!!

Miter Cut Country Design Style

The mitered edge was 5′ 11 1/2″ to insert the mirror.  Basically, the inside edge of the frame needs to be 1/2 inch smaller than the mirror to keep the mirror from falling out!

Dowels

Floor Mirror dowel

The silver dowel centers above help in the layout.

Dowels Country Design StyleThe dowels are drilled into the mitered cut.  To use the dowel centers drill a hole the size of our dowel into the center of the cut.  Drill down half the length of the dowel.  Insert the dowel center then line up you miter cuts with the next board and press together.  The dowel center will leave a mark.  Then drill at the markdown half the length of the dowel.

To assemble I glue dowels and loads of Elmer’s max wood glue in each corner.

After all the glue dries. I added the mirror with help from “my guy”, didn’t want to break a mirror this large!

While it was still laying in the driveway I screw the hardboard onto the back that was cut to 4′ by 7′.  I used screws instead of a hammer and nails.  Hammers and mirrors don’t go well together.  Especially mirrors lying in the driveway.

Floor Mirror Rustic

I painted one very patchy with almost black {mix 2 parts black with 1 part dark forest green}, dark brown, and reddish brown. Sanded, then stained with a dark stain. The other was covered in knothole areas and the edges with Bri~wax in Tudor brown and painted a creamy white, sanded and distress quite a bit.

Floor MirrorFloor Mirror Country Design

I spent $105 on my two mirrors. The Pottery Barn Benchwright Floor Mirror is $499. {Which is a great price!}

I found this collection of floor mirrors on Amazon.  Making this large mirror is challenging.

Floor mirror in white #floormirror #DIY https://countrydesignstyle.com

Leaning Mirror Tip

I spent $105 for my two mirrors. The Pottery Barn Benchwright Floor Mirror is $499. {Which is a great price!}

Mirror tip:  Carefully place mirrors in a room making sure what the mirror reflects is something you actually want to see.  The problem with leaning a mirror on a mantle is it will reflect the ceiling!  To overcome this layer something in front.  The mirror still reflects light into the room.  Another fix, drawn above, is to anchor the mirror to lean a bit forward.  Then it will reflect your pretty room.

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    Comments

    1. Donna Taranto says

      I was thrilled to see your mirrors. I have 2 closet mirrors . Did you say you removed all of the silver metal that frames the glass ? I can’t wait to start my project. Thank you so very much for your tips and advice.

    2. Liz Thomas says

      Love the mirror and admire your carpentry skills. Just can’t imagine having one in my bathroom! Good for you!!

    3. Tina Coco says

      Love your mirror ideas! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such detailed directions! Will definetly use this!

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