This DIY mirror frame with gold accents brings an extra element of style and function to any room. Get creative, and use your own design for the gold accents to make the mirror truly unique. Follow our step-by-step instructions to help you build and paint your own mirror frame.
How to Build the DIY Mirror Frame with Gold Accents
- Miter Box and Hand Saw
- Miter Saw (optional)
- Staple Gun (⅜ in. to ½ in. in length)
- Corner Clamp (optional)
- Measuring Tape
- Yard Stick
- Paint Brush
- China Marker
- Safety Goggles
- Painter’s Tape
- 2 – 1 in. x 3 in. x 8 ft. Select pine board
- Wood Glue
- Wood Filler
- Outdoor Mounting Tape
- Heavy Duty Adhesive
- Paint or Stain
- Gold Accent Paint
- Craft Paper or Newspaper
Step 1: Measure and Mark the Mirror
Begin by measuring the dimensions of your mirror. Subtract 1 in. from each side and mark a border using the china marker and yard stick. Measure one inch down from the top of the mirror to start. Note the resulting dimensions because that will help you determine the length of the shorter side of the wood frame cuts.
Draw a line across the bottom and top (the short sides) of mirror where you made the 1 in. marks.
Create several marks 1 in. from the edge of the mirror on the sides to help you line up the yard stick and draw a line down the length of the mirror. Place the yard stick on the inside of the mirror to draw the line.
A second set of hands can help you steady the yard stick if needed. If you use a mirror with the same dimensions that we used, after the marks are made on the mirror your narrow width should be 16 in., and the length should be 56¾ in. These lines will help you place the wood frame in the right place when you attach it to the mirror.
Step 2: Cutting the Pine Board
Cut a 45-degree angle at the end of the board.
Along the shorter end of the board measure and mark the length of one of the mirror edges.
Once the mark is placed, use the triangle to line up the angle for the second cut. Cut a 45-degree miter leading away from that point. If you are using a miter saw, you’ll just switch the 45-degree angle back and forth to create the opposite angle cut.
On the short side of the angled board, measure your narrow width of 16 in. The short side of the board should line up with the marks you made on the mirror.
Repeat these steps to cut the pine board for the longer, vertical sides of the mirror. Once you have two sides of the mirror frame cut, use these pieces to line up the remaining pine board and make cut marks using a pencil. This will prevent you from having to measure the boards again for the remaining two sides.
Tip: Keep your wood scraps from this step to test your stain and paint colors.
Step 3: Fit the Pine Board Frame Together
Line up the edges of the pine board frame to ensure everything matches up properly. Double check the edges with your triangle, and when everything looks correct, position the clamp on one corner. Leave the clamp secured on one piece of wood and remove the other piece.
Apply the wood glue to the inside edge of both pieces of wood. Use a scrap piece of wood to thin and spread out the glue. Quickly put the wood piece that isn’t attached to the clamp back in place and secure the clamp. Use a paper towel to wipe any excess glue off of the wood after the clamp is secured.
Determine which side of the wood you want to use as the front of the frame and, using a staple gun, insert several staples (we used three) on the back side of the frame to further secure the corner piece. Note: If your staples don’t lie flush with the board, you can hammer them until they are in line with the wood.
Once all of the corners are secure, flip the frame and add painters tape along the edge of the gaps between the frame pieces on the front side. Fill in the gaps with glue, but be careful not to get glue on the surface of the wood so the stain color isn’t affected. Use sand paper to lightly remove excess glue from the corners.
Repeat this step for the remaining three corners of the frame. Allow the glue to set and dry. You may want to allow the glue to dry over night.
Step 4: Fill in Gaps with Wood Filler
After the wood glue has dried, use wood filler to fill any particularly large gaps between the wood pieces.
Wipe off the excess with a paper towel. Allow wood filler to dry for about 15 minutes, and gently sand off any additional excess from the wood.
Step 5: Stain the Frame
Use your paint brush to add stain to your DIY mirror frame.
Gently wipe the wood with a paper towel after brushing on the stain if it is darker than you’d like it to be or you want the wood grain to show through the stain color.
Let the stain dry for about 10 minutes. Flip the frame and stain the back side for consistency.
Step 6: Tape off Your Accent Design and Paint
Use the yard stick to help you lay down straight lines with the painter’s tape, and block off areas of the frame that you do not want to cover with the accent paint.
When placing your painter’s tape, position it all the way across the frame to ensure you create a straight line. Wrap the painter’s tape around the outside and inside edges of the frame for consistency.
Note: Painter’s tape is very forgiving—you can always take the painter’s tape off and reapply your tape lines if needed.
Use craft or scrap paper to cover the areas you won’t be accenting with paint.
Spray paint the frame outside or in a very well-ventilated area.
Let the paint dry a bit, and before it is completely dry very carefully pull off the painter’s tape so that the edge of all the paint stays intact.
Step 7: Attach Your Frame to the Mirror
Once all of the paint is dry apply a small bead of construction adhesive to the mirror. You can also use outdoor mounting tape around the mirror’s outside edge to attach the frame.
Get help from someone so that you can control each corner of the frame, and slowly lower the frame into the right place on the mirror. Be cautious during this step. The construction adhesive and mounting tape are sticky and you won’t be able to adjust the frame once you place it down.
Allow the mirror to set for a couple of hours if you use construction adhesive. Once the adhesive has dried, remove the painter’s tape from the mirror and enjoy your custom accent design!
Finally, find some empty wall place in your home and enjoy as you and your friends admire your stylish new mirror.