How to Make a Multi-Faceted Wall Mirror

Add reflection in a modern, artistic way to walls with squares of basic mirror, plywood and trim.
Modern Green Entryway With Side Table, Mirror and Yellow Lamps

Three-Dimensional Mirror in Bold Green Foyer

The subtle shifting in the square mirrors adds dimension and texture to what is typically a flat surface. The mirror has been hung on a green wall and positioned behind a wood table on which are two yellow lamps, a small silver bucket with pink orchids and a small green tray of knickknacks.

Reflective surfaces are a great way to bring light into a space and make it feel larger. If your room could use a little glamour, this multi-dimensional mirror is for you. It has the look of a high-end accessory, but you can build it yourself in an afternoon.

Materials Needed:

  • 9 squares 12x12 mirror
  • liquid bonding adhesive
  • caulk gun
  • 1/2 inch plywood
  • 13 linear feet of 1x3 pre-painted pine trim
  • nail gun or drill
  • nails or screws
  • painters' tape
  • tape measure
  • circular saw
  • miter saw
  • level
  • semi-gloss paint
  • paint pan
  • paint roller
  • roller sleeve
  • drop cloth
  • note pad
  • art-hanging hardware
  • picture hangers

Paint Trim

Add paint to paint pan, attach roller sleeve to paint roller, then roll two coats of your chosen finish color on pre-primed trim.

Paint Trim

Paint Primed Wood Trim

Apply two coats of your chosen finish color onto your pre-primed pine trim using a roller or brush. The trim will later be used to create the frame to which you will attach a backing and apply your mirrors.

Miter Corners of Trim

Using a miter saw, cut 4 37-1/2 inch pieces of trim on a 45-degree angle.

Use Saw for Mitre Corners

Miter Corners of Trim

Using a miter saw, cut four 37-1/2 inch pieces of trim on a 45-degree angle. This will create the frame to which you will attach the backing and finally, the mirrors.

Create Frame

Holding each of the four mitered pieces of trim up to one another, fasten them together with liquid bonding adhesive and finishing nails or screws.

Create Frame

Create Mirror Frame

Holding each of the four mitered pieces of trim up to one another, fasten them together with liquid bonding adhesive and finishing nails or screws.

Trace Backing to Plywood

Place assembled frame directly on top of plywood along a flat, solid surface. Using a pencil, trace along all four outside edges of frame. Next, cut along traced line with circular saw.

Trace Frame

Trace Frame onto Backing

Place assembled frame directly on top of plywood along a flat, solid surface. Using a pencil, trace along all four outside edges of frame. Next, cut along traced line with circular saw.

Paint and Attach Backing

To prevent warping, and also to ensure the backing disappears once the mirrors are attached, paint the plywood backing to match the frame. Attach the backing to the frame with wood screws.

Paint Backing

Paint and Attach Backing

To prevent warping, and also to ensure the backing disappears once the mirrors are attached, paint the plywood backing to match the frame. Attach the backing to the frame with wood screws.

Sketch Placement

Using a pencil and note pad, create a sketch notating the placement of each mirror and its corresponding elevation. To replicate this project, use three different heights: flat, 1/2-inch rise and 1-inch rise. Tip: Keeping the elevations varied within each row ensures a multi-dimensional look. No adjacent mirrors should be placed at the same height.

Sketch Placement

Sketch Mirror Placement

Using a pencil and note pad, create a sketch notating the placement of each mirror and its corresponding elevation. To replicate this project, use three different heights: flat, 1/2-inch rise and 1-inch rise. Tip: Keeping the elevations varied within each row ensures a multidimensional look. No adjacent mirrors should be placed at the same height.

Create Risers

Using scraps of plywood or trim, create three 1/2-inch risers and three 1-inch risers. Stack wood scraps together, then attach them to one another with liquid bonding adhesive.

Create Risers

Create Risers for Mirror Segments

Using scraps of plywood or trim, create three 1/2-inch risers and three 1-inch risers. Stack wood scraps together, then attach them to one another with liquid bonding adhesive.

Attach Risers

After marking plywood backing with painters’ tape to denote each mirror's placement, attach risers to plywood backing with liquid bonding adhesive.

Attach Risers

Attach Risers to Backing

After marking plywood backing with painters’ tape to denote each mirror's placement, attach risers to plywood backing with liquid bonding adhesive.

Attach Mirrors

Working one row at a time, attach each mirror to its corresponding riser using liquid bonding adhesive. Use a liberal amount of adhesive on both the mirror back and the center of the riser. Allow at least 24 hours for the adhesive to dry before hanging.

Attach Mirrors

Arrange and Attach Mirrors

Working one row at a time, attach each mirror to its corresponding riser using liquid bonding adhesive. Use a liberal amount of adhesive on both the mirror back and the center of the riser. Allow at least 24 hours for the adhesive to dry before hanging.

Attach Hardware

Using a drill and wood screws, attach picture-hanging hardware and wire to the back panel.

Attach Hardware

Attach Hardware to Frame

Using a drill and wood screws, attach picture-hanging hardware - hooks and wire to the back panel. Make sure the hardware is rated to support the weight of the completed mirror.

Measure Wall For Proper Placement

Using a tape measure, measure the wall for proper placement; if possible, try to hang directly into a wall stud. Tip: Many designers suggest hanging artwork and mirrors with the center located roughly five feet from the floor.

Measure Wall

Measure Wall for Proper Placement

Using a tape measure, measure the wall for proper placement; if possible, try to hang directly into a wall stud. Tip: Many designers suggest hanging artwork and mirrors with the center located roughly five feet from the floor.

Hang Mirror

With proper height marked, add picture hangers to the wall with a hammer or drill, then hang mirror with newly attached hardware.

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