Make a Beachy Rope Mirror

Give a plain-Jane mirror an inexpensive, coastal makeover by covering the frame with natural jute or sisal rope. Hang your finished mirror from a boat cleat for a fun nautical twist.

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Nautical Rope MirrorEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-H. Camille Smith

Materials Needed:

  • framed mirror
  • medium-grit sandpaper
  • thick jute or sisal rope
  • painter's tape
  • heavy-duty epoxy adhesive
  • hammer
  • 1" brads
  • boat cleat
  • spray bottle filled with water
  • toothpicks for spreading glue
  • screw eyes and picture wire (if old frame is without them)

Prep Frame

If possible, remove mirror then sand the frame using medium-grit sandpaper to remove any glossy finish (Image 1). If mirror can't be removed, use painter's tape to protect the glass before sanding (Image 2).

Attach Rope on Inner Frame With Glue

Select a spot on the inside of the frame, near the mirror, to start the rope. Use a water-filled spray bottle to wet a small area of the frame then, using a toothpick, apply a thin layer of epoxy over the damp wood and press the first few inches of rope into place (Images 1 and 2). Tape or clamp the rope in position for a few minutes to give the epoxy time to set. Working in small sections, just a foot or two at a time, continue the process of wetting a small area then applying a thin layer of epoxy before attaching the rope then taping or clamping that section in position until epoxy sets. Tip: Be sure to keep the rows of rope tightly positioned side by side so none of the frame shows through.

Attach Remaining Rope With Brads

It's only necessary to attach the first few rows of rope with adhesive; after that, switch over to tacking the rope to the frame every few inches with small brads (Images 1 and 2).

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