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DIY Mirror

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We challenged Noémie Meijer to create something with BLACK+DECKER tools. She decided to create a DIY glass mirror. And she rocked it! Discover how Noémie created this mirror from scratch.

  1. What I love about the tools, is the fact they work wireless, with one battery which is the same for the entire range: you charge the battery and use it with the jig saw, circular saw or even a drill driver. This is so useful when you are working and need to change tools!

  2. Now finally we will start creating the mirror!

    We start with cutting the multiplex-panel in the correct dimensions: 120 x 90 cm, which fits 4 rows of 3 mirrors (30 x 30 cm). You must adapt the dimensions to the mirrors you found.

    Like mentioned above, I used the circular saw, to have a nice and solid cut: easier to cut large and flat panels, however it can also be done with a jig saw. It was my first time using a circular saw. I must admit I was a bit afraid at first, but when I see the difference in the finishing, it is worth the while. Please be careful with this kind of equipment: always wear safety glasses to prevent splinters in your eyes, a respirator mask to prevent breathing in sawdust and safety gloves (most of the time I use my gardening gloves, but I am going to invest in gloves better suited for DIY-projects).

    I used clamps to attach the panel on a support. This way the panel couldn’t slip away, and I didn’t have to hold it myself.

  3. After that you can glue the mirrors onto the bolster plate: apply the glue in a zigzag-pattern for better bonding and leave to dry a couple of seconds before glueing the two surfaces to each other.

    Press firmly to eliminate air, get a flat surface and aligned borders.

    Now it’s time to put the icing on the cake: the wooden moulding and the framework.

  4. Start with the outside moulding: cut the corner mouldings according to the dimensions from the 4 sides: 2 x 120 cm and 2 x 90 cm. Leave a margin from one to 2 mm for the assembly. Cut the end in mitre so you can put them perfectly against each other. A small tip: it is better to cut them a little bit too long and use sanding paper to sand precisely to the mm. This way you avoid cutting too short and needing to take another piece.

  5. Glue the 4 corner mouldings so they form the outside framing. The corner moulding of 10mm covers the bolster plate (8mm) and the mirrors (2mm) perfectly.  

  6. I put my mirror on a table to facilitate the work and put clamps on the frame for better bonding.

  7. After that you cut the flat moulding in the correct dimension. We are going to give the frame some more volume and add some ornamental details.  I chose to make them piece by piece, so that every piece had exactly the right length. You put the moulding where you want it, draw a line with a pencil, cut the moulding in the right length and glued it onto the bolster frame. You can sand it lightly for a finishing touch.

    The frame is now finished: a corner moulding and a flat moulding on the 4 sides of the mirror.

  8. The frame work is child’s play: cut 2 large vertical slats (each with a length of approximately 116cm; doublecheck the length directly on the mirror before cutting them). After that cut 9 small  horizontal slats (with a length of approximately 26cm, but also check this begore you cut the size).

  9. Put everything in place before glueing, to be sure everything fits. If necessary, sand the pieces that are too long.

  10. To have a perfect finishing of the seam you must sand the moulding lightly.

    Again, I put some weight onto the framework and used clamps before and after the sanding to have optimal bonding.

  11. I chose to paint my mirror in white: I wanted to give him a soft character, without making the framework too dark. But obviously everyone can decide which colour to use on their own!  

    Protect the mirrors with the masking tape. Apply two layers of paint. Remove the masking tape.

    To clean the mirrors and remove paint that went through the masking tape, use a humid cleaning wipe. After that use a toothpick to scratch alongside the slats.

  12. To give my mirror a vintage look, I sanded it on some places.  This pulls forward the wood a little bit and gives the white some warmth.

  13. I knew exactly where I was going to place the mirror: in the corner of the room, to hide the heater without stopping the heat from spreading and to create more space (that’s what mirrors do best!) The mirror isn’t big enough to see yourself in full, but if that’s what you want, you can place it onto furniture, hang up on the wall or even make a bigger one!

    One downside: I was a bit disappointed the mirrors from IKEA where somewhat distorted. The reflection isn’t regular, as you can see in some of the pictures. It isn’t an issue when the mirror is only decoration, like in my case. When you want to use the mirror as your everyday mirror , you have to take this into account.

DIY Mirror