Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Mirror

I saw this idea in blogland awhile back, tried it for myself, and thought I'd share :) You know these sliding closet, mirrored doors?

Well I wanted a mirror as large as one of those panels to set on the floor and lean against the master bedroom wall. I wanted it to be a chunky and huge wardrobe mirror and those kinds of mirrors bought retail are upwards of $100 and more! So after seeing an idea on another blog, - I wish I could remember which one but unfortunately I don't :( - I found a pair of these mirrored doors on craigslist and made my own for $25.

That's right, I said only 25 smackers! :)

My husband and I brought those babies home and pried off the metal surround and the track system, leaving us with just the mirror. Then, I scoured craigslist again for some free lots of these:

Wooden pallets!

A local warehouse posted that they had a ton of these for folks who wanted em to just come and grab em - so I did! This is a photo of them (I think I took 3 pallets) loaded up in the back of my car.

So then the hubs and I went to town dismantling the wood pallets and keeping the best planks - the widest ones and the one's with the most rustic and prettiest patina - to use for the frame.

Then we laid the wood planks on top of the mirror around the outside edges to frame it all up, glued it all down with liquid nails and let it dry. Here's the finished product all set up in our bedroom! :)

(*happy sigh*)

B-E-A-utiful, right?! (Can anyone name that movie?! :)  ) I'm super happy with the outcome and it gives me a warm, tingly feeling everytime I see it - luuuuuuuuuuuuuve!!! I had thought about mitering the corners at 45 degrees to make it a true frame, but I like it with the mismatched corners. It gives it a semi-primitive, simplistic, factor and darnet, I like simple :)

AND this was so simple (and cheap!!) to make!! And the fact that this huge mirror adds some more visual square footage to our bedroom is a nice bonus too ;)

So anyone else out there see this somewhere in blogland and make one for themselves? Anyone thinking of trying it now? Or are you a no-wardrobe-mirror-needed kinda peep? Lemme know! :)

Happy Tuesday!

p.s. If you're wondering what happened to the second mirror of the pair I bought on craigslist...well, let's just say removing the track system didn't go as easy as the first one went...and let's also say that now I may or may not have seven year's bad luck - if you believe in that superstition (eeeeek! I don't think I believe in that - let's hope it won't happen anyway! ugh, haha!).

I linked up to this party!

WhisperWood Cottage

Also linked up to:

The DIY Show Off



  1. Brilliant! I love the size, look, and thriftiness of this piece! I'm so glad you linked up to the 1st Project of the Year Party at WWC!

  2. I love it and I love that you have the cofidence to go with your imagination, and I love that you created it with your husband. An all around thumbs up!

  3. I am so inspired! I have a standing one already for the bedroom (Ikea) but we are barnwood rustic people! Off to find wood.... ;o)

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

  4. I am loving this and I have scheduled a feature of it for this afternoon at Extreme Personal Measures.


    Extreme Personal Measures

  5. Kim-
    Barnwood rustic all the way!! haha :) good luck on your search and I'd love to see some pics when the project's done!

    Wow, THANK YOU! I can't WAIT to check it out! :)

  6. Brilliant, over from DIY Showoff. Who knew?

  7. Oh my gosh - this is awesome! I can't wait to try it... but I need a house with space, first. Ugh. Stupid tiny townhouse with horrible neighbors!!

  8. LOVE that! What a great idea. those slider mirrors are always so ugly - you definately turned lemons into lemonade!

  9. Gorgeous! I would love to reproduce this for my bedroom, but I'm not sure how it would fare against my two year old little boy. Did you secure it to the wall in any way, or is it really just leaning?

  10. wow! that looks way cool!! love it

  11. Emily -
    It's just leaning for now, but when little ones come along we're definitely going to secure it to the wall! :) It should be pretty easy too since the planks overlapping the mirror have about 2 inches of overhang at the top, so that behind it is where we'll secure it with a chain to the wall.

  12. Quote from Bruce Almighty I think, but it's Jim Carrey anyways. :) I'm about to attempt this, wish me luck!

  13. That's it! I love that quote - say it all the time :)

    Good luck on your mirror! I hope it turns out great!

  14. I just love this and posted a pic on my blog - http://rhettdidntgiveadamn.blogspot.com/2011/09/daily-diy-fix-leaning-wall-mirror.html Now following you and I should mention - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe my my FAVORITE book as a child. ♥

  15. Just love this-- even better I scored a set of the mirror doors off Craigslist today for CHEAP $25!!!! Any pointers on getting the metal track and framing off? Thanks in advance!!!


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