Weekend Project: Build a Mirror Frame

An old mirror from a sliding closet door is repurposed with the help of new molding and paint. The project took less than a weekend to make and cost less than $100 in materials.

Related To:


The large white mirror frames adds depth and light to a once-dark room.

The large white mirror frames adds depth and light to a once-dark room.

Materials and Tools:

one sheet of birch plywood
chair rail with a notch cut into the back (rebate)
wood screws
nail gun and nails
circular saw
paint and paintbrushes
wire chain for hanging


1. Select the wood you wish to use for your frame. If your room is dark, consider using oak or pine to lighten the space. If your room has sufficient light, you may want to use darker wood, such as cherry, mahogany or redwood. We’ve decided to paint our frame white rather than stain it, so we’re using birch plywood to save money.


2. Lay the mirror on the plywood and trace its dimensions onto the center of the plywood. Evenly space your borders. Remove the mirror and cut out the space you marked.


3. Cut the chair rail so the notch will fit snugly within the opening of the plywood. Glue and screw chair rail to the inside border of the frame being sure to have the notch of the chair rail inside the edge to keep the mirror from falling through the front of the frame.

4. Cut the larger molding that will go around the outside of the mirror frame. Glue and nail it in place.

5. Prime and paint the frame.

6. Using a screw gun, attach a board to the back of the frame to hold the mirror in place.

7. Screw in a large metal chain to the back of each side of the mirror frame to hang the mirror. Make sure it is thick for extra support.

Next Up

How To: Framing Mirrors with Crown Molding

A bad, boxy room gets new life with cool new architectural details.

$100 Half-Day Designs: Cluster Photo Arrangement

For a unique artwork display, create a collection gallery out of your favorite photo.

Build a Picture Light Box

Give your favorite photos some well-deserved time in the spotlight by creating a picture light box.

Mirror Made from Molding

New fluted trim and rosettes are combined with salvaged molding to create a traditional-style mirror.

Make This Trendy Art Hanger for Less Than $10

No need to buy those expensive magnetic frames. This easy DIY only takes a few minutes.

How to Make a Modern Floating Picture Frame

Sometimes you can find a diamond in the rough when thrifting for artwork – you just have to look past the bad frames. Upgrade an old canvas painting into a modern work of art with a simple DIY frame.

How to Make a Mirrored Photo Frame

Create a mirrored photo frame to highlight special memories. Follow these step-by-step instructions.

Designer Confessions: Why I Stopped Going to the Framer

I frame all my own artwork and save lots of money doing it.

How to Create a Window Frame Photo Collage

Design consultant Abraham Hopkins shows how to turn a reclaimed window frame into a family photo collage.

How to Mat and Frame Artwork

Finding artwork you love is a lengthy and expensive process. Make custom art using anything flat, from a vintage album cover to a page from a book or magazine.

What's New in Handmade


Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.