After building my bar, I was left with a large space of wall above the bar that needed something. Artwork would have been ideal, but what? It’s a kitchen, and I wanted to keep the colors simple; just yellow and white.
I’m also apparently super picky about words on my art, and as I looked at kitchen pieces, I just didn’t see anything I loved.
Eventually, I came to the idea of a mirror! It’s close to the back door, so it’s nice for the purpose of checking your appearance on the way out the door. Plus, it’s a pretty small kitchen, so adding a DIY farmhouse mirror along the wall would help expand the appearance of the space.
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The Rustic DIY Farmhouse Mirror
- 1 x 3 Furring Strip (or other type of wood)
- Sisal Twine
- Dollar Store Sunflowers
- 2′ x 3′ Frameless Mirror
- Kreg Jig and Screws
- Wood Conditioner (optional, use if using a soft wood)
- Mirror Clips – Make sure you get the right size for the mirror that you purchased. My mirror was 1/4″ thick, and I made sure the clips I was purchasing were intended for 1/4″ mirrors.
Step 1: Make Frame
I was using some leftover furring strips from my kitchen tool organizer project, so the wood was already sanded. If you purchased a furring strip for this project, it’ll involve a fair amount of sanding to make it pretty.
I typically sand with 120 grit sandpaper on a belt sander, then smooth with 180 grit sandpaper on an orbital sander. Alternatively, you could pay a dollar or two more for nicer wood and skip the sanding.
I cut two pieces to be 37 7/8″ long and two pieces to be 21″ long, then tested the fit with the mirror I purchased to ensure the clips and mirror would fit appropriately on the frame.
On the two smaller pieces, I added two Kreg Jig holes on either end of the piece. If you’re not sure how the Kreg pocket hole system works, check out my Kreg Jig Guide.
Then I assembled the frame using Kreg Jig screws and wood glue. Note the clamp in the picture below: it is super important to clamp your wood anytime you’re assembling with pocket holes (the kreg jig holes).
Step 2: Stain Frame
Since I was using furring strips, aka, super soft wood, I coated the entire frame in wood conditioner before starting. Then I stained with Minwax’s English Chestnut, which I had around the house.
Step 3: Add Twine
I secured the end of the twine to the frame using hot glue, then wrapped the twine around the frame until I had about 6 inches of twine.
I did this four separate times, two times in two opposing corners.
Step 4: Add Sunflowers
I cut four sunflowers off of a dollar store sunflower bouquet, and hot glued one onto each bunch of twine.
Step 5: Attach Mirror to Frame
I started by attaching the mirror clips to the back side of the frame. I had three clips on the bottom piece of the frame, two on the top piece, and one clip on the right side of the frame. It is really, important that one side of the frame does not have any clips!! This is so that you can slide the mirror into place.
The pack of mirror clips did not come with screws, so I attached to clips to the frames with #6 1/2″ wood screws.
Then I slid the mirror into place, and hung it on the wall!
Most of the typical woodworker supplies I had around the house- the frame was built from scrap wood, the twine I had left over from my doormat project, and I typically keep things like stain, wood conditioner, wood glue, and screws around the house.
I paid around $35 dollars for the entire project, which included the mirror, mirror clips, and the sunflowers; if you make replicate this project, it may cost a bit more if you need to purchase more things.
That being said, you might be able to cut down on the cost of the mirror by finding one at a thrift store that you could recycle- I wasn’t patient enough to try!