There is nothing like cleaning out stuff you don’t need.
Because it makes room for stuff you do!
And thanks to my most recent purging efforts, I finally had the space to outfit this reclaimed wood Antiques hall tree mirror for the bedroom!
Remember my empty corners post? I’ve always felt this bedroom corner needed a tall mirror on an angle, which proved to be a challenge.
So I thought of buying a fancy pants mirror at a store. But once I looked online for ideas, the concept looked relatively easy to make with some barn wood I had left over from the big haul.
I hoped anyway.
After going through the mirrors I had hanging around, I decided on this el cheapo tall variety I’ve had for YEARS.
It wasn’t as big as I would have liked, but perhaps if I beefed up the frame enough, it could be?
Certainly I could figure out something unique that would chime in well with the barn door headboard…
I was certainly gonna try!
I ended up LOVING the final result! The mirror looks amazing with the headboard without being too matchy-matchy, and it’s the perfect scale!
And I saved a bunch of money too, because this obviously ended up free.
Here’s how I did it!
What I used – this post contains some Amazon affiliate and website links so you can find the gear.
a tall cheap mirror
reclaimed wood with some long pieces the length of the mirror
Antiques stencil (found HERE)
Top coat to protect chippy wood – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Tough Coat HERE
Paint of choice for stenciling – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black HERE
1. To beef up a frame of an existing mirror, choose one with a very flat frame, or remove a mirror out of its existing frame. I left mine intact for added durability.
2. Arrange random boards around the perimeter of your chosen mirror. The two side boards will need to be longer than the mirror.
3. Cut to fit as desired, then screw the boards together at all four corners of the frame. The screws will show.
How to arrange the boards:
Position the top and bottom boards to touch the top and bottom of the mirror, but not overlap.
Position the side boards on top of the top and bottom boards, so they cover the sides of the mirror’s original frame.
The yard stick shown was to hide the mirror frame, which I decided not to use after all.
4. To hold the mirror in place, cross support boards along the back of the mirror, then attach to the frame with screws.
It worked great!
5. For some added design, Antiques was stenciled onto one of the boards.
Antiques stencil is HERE
Paint is Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black HERE
6. Because the chippy barn wood kept flaking, I protected it and the Antiques sign with a non-smelly water-based topcoat that also livened up the wood tone.
I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Tough Coat HERE (ADORE THIS STUFF- dries nearly instantly and no smell)
7. Random hooks were installed to offer the mirror frame a hall tree sort of task. Random rusty hinges were added to junk things up a little.
I figured hooks would be cool for hanging clothes or other home decor. The frame certainly had the space for a little more fun!
I also painted one board in black, because… like black I guess!
It truly has a scrap wood look! With style.
This would also make a pretty sweet bulletin board or chalk board. Or hung horizontally for a coat hook area.
So… let’s get that mirror into place and decorate this thing up!
I first styled the mirror sitting on the floor.
Loved it! However, just as I thought, the mirror was a little small in scale for the area. So…
… nothing a little white chippy bench couldn’t handle!
This proved to be all the mirror needed, height and scale wise. And added more space for shoes or emptying pockets as well.
Oh goodness… it’s so perfect!
The mirror worked out great with the barn door headboard, and I finally got the tall mirror I’ve needed in the bedroom for YEARS!
Now to lose a little weight… #oops.
Mirror works a bit too well…
Disclosure: I work with Fusion Mineral Paint to showcase projects using it and because I love the stuff. I was not monetarily compensated for this post. The stencils are from my own line.