This house came with three large, awkwardly placed mirrors. One floor to ceiling next to the fireplace, which sadly, broke after moving it.
A shorter, wide one that’s still in the laundry room:
Though I don’t have pictures, the most um, interesting placement was at the end of the basement hall. Right next to the bathroom door. The first time we walked through the house, it startled me. We decided to take it down to put to better use as a large framed for our bedroom.
To start, Ben cut a piece of OSB four inches wider and taller than the mirror and cut 3 inch strips of cedar. OSB created a rigid backing for the mirror and frame. We wanted to avoid glue, so Ben used the table saw to create 1/4 inch by 1 1/4 inch grooves in the back of the frame pieces.
The notched out section overlaps the mirror, leaving about two inches on the OSB sheet.
Short nails secure the frame to the backing, leaving an ugly edge.
For added interest, and to cover the sides, Ben added a 3/4 by 1 1/2 trim piece. I wanted a 1/4 inch reveal for a layered look.
During the planning process, I said I wanted a leaning mirror. Ben prefers wall mounted, but the height wouldn’t work between our trim. So, we compromised on a slightly floating, completely straight mount. To sit flat against the baseboard, Ben secured a scrap of trim to studs at the top. This sets the mirror away from the wall, and gave a place to screw the mirror to the wall.
The cleats are about 3 inches shy of the mirror width, so they’re not obvious. Unless you are literally against the wall, as I was to take these pictures. Even then, the shadow blends in with the dark walls.
Because we had all materials, this project was free.
Filling this wall with a mirror gives function to an otherwise wasted space. With the new dressing area, the old sconce boxes make sense. Now to find the right lights that don’t look too bathroom-y.
I adore the way the wood (and everything else, for that matter) looks against the black walls.
Next for the bedroom: curtains, paint touch ups (note to self, don’t use the cheap tape!), fixing/changing the bed, and hanging art.