How to Make a Barn Door Style Rustic Floor Mirror

It’s always a good idea to have a large mirror around the house.

They enhance most rooms because they catch light to make a room look way bigger and brighter. So if you’ve been planning to buy a full-sized mirror, consider making this one instead. This mirror matches all kinds of rustic furniture you might already have around the house.

Just follow this quick tutorial from Homesteadonomics via YouTube on making a floor mirror that takes inspiration from the rustic beauty of a barn door.

What You'll Need:

  • 16” x 60” beveled edge door mirror
  • 2 pcs. 1"x6" x 8ft lumber
  • 2 pcs. 1"x4" wood strips
  • miter saw
  • drill
  • screws
  • wood glue
  • sanding block
  • wood stain
  • paint brush
  • scrap woodblocks

Step 1: Measure and Cut the wood

Measure and cut the wood into these sizes:

  • Two 57 1/8” long pieces and two 25 1/4" short pieces from the 1”x6”s
  • Two 68” long pieces from the 1”x4”s

Step 2: Drill pocket holes into the 57 1/8” board

Drill two pocket holes on both sides of the 57 1/8” long pieces.

Step 3: Assemble the mirror frame

Put the long and short pieces together to form a rectangular frame. It should look like this.

Use pocket hole screws to attach all the pieces together.

Step 4: Glue the wood strips on top

To make it look thicker and to give the mirror more support, glue the 68” 1”x4”s on either side of the frame. These should be flush against both ends of the frame. And screw everything in place.

Do the same for the two smaller-sized strips at the top and bottom of the frame. Let the glue dry for a few hours.

Step 5: Sand the frame

Even up the sides and get rid of excess glue by sanding the entire frame.

Step 6: Beat the frame with rocks and/or a hammer

To give it the rustic style that we all know and love, pound the frame with knuckle-sized rocks or with a hammer. The random dings and scratches will give it accent features and more character.

Step 7: Apply wood stain

Cover the entire frame with your favorite wood stain using a paint brush. Or, you can also go beyond that and take the rustic theme to jazzier heights with this gorgeous paint trick.

Step 8: Install the mirror using the scrap woodblocks

After the frame dries, get about 10 scrap woodblocks. Place the mirror at the back of the frame, and evenly distribute the woodblocks behind it to lock it in place.

Screw the woodblocks to the frame.

Before we forget, you can hang the mirror by screwing a fabric strap at the back. Your mirror is now ready to brighten up any room in the house.

This DIY mirror is from Homesteadonomics. Check out his video here.

About Russ Thompson

Hey I'm Russ and I have been a contractor for over 20 years. I know what the cost of having the right tools and materials for the job. My passion for woodworking and helping others by workshops in my wood shop. I have beginner classes all the way up expert trade classes. Check out my bio for more.

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