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DIY Window Pane Mirror

DIY Window Pane Mirror

My neighbor was getting rid of two unframed mirrors so I figured I’d snag them for a future project.   Between TRYING to keep up with my blog and my family they sat in my garage for a couple months.   Finally I decided on a quick DIY project to brighten up my upstairs hallway.

We had some scrap plywood that was thicker than I’d probably have chosen, but it was FREE!   I cut the plywood to size with a 1.75 inch perimeter of plywood surrounding the mirrors and used mirror glue (or $6 at Home Depot) to attach it to the wood.  I read somewhere a few months back when I made this mirror that some other adhesives will bleed through mirrors.

diy window pane mirror

Once I had glued the mirrors in place on the plywood I attached the frame.  I had bought pre-painted white trim pieces at Home Depot.   Each piece was around $7 and I used two pieces.   I measured the trim pieces to the length of the edges of the mirror and then cut a 45 degree angle facing outward so the pieces would connect as a rectangle.  It was a total of 8 cuts at 45 degree angles.   Then I glued the frame pieces in place.

diy window pane mirror

Since I’m just a mom and not a carpenter and sort of eyeballed some of the measurements  and then had some small gaps that I smeared with wood filler.  I’m as technical with my terms as I am with my skills 🙂   After it dried for about 5 minutes I smoothed it off as much as I could so that I would not have to sand it smooth later (because I bought pre-painted pieces and didn’t want to repaint – LAZY).   As you see – I am not a perfectionist.

diy window pane mirror (wood filler)

diy window pane mirror

I wanted to cover the seam between the two mirrors.   I bought these wood dowels for under $2 each at Home Depot.   I used 4 of them and cut them to size with a miter saw.   You could use other saws to cut the wood but if you have a miter saw I find that to be quickest for this project because it will also cut your angles in the previous step.

diy window pane mirror

Live and learn – I should have painted the dowels white before using the mirror adhesive to attach these to the mirrors.   I was using a caulking gun with my glue so I felt a little crunched for time.   The reason I’d suggest doing it before was because I had to take extra time to take a razor blade and scrape off the excess paint and glue from the mirror toward the end of the project.   The glue came off clean but the paint was a bit of a mess to clear off.

diy window pane mirror - paint

I did not take a picture but I added a picture hook to the back of the mirror and threw my hubby in charge of hanging it on the wall.  Our hallway has only one exterior window so I love the way the mirror reflects some of its light to brighten the space.

window pane mirror in hallway

DIY simple window pane mirror

 

 

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