I want to start by saying a big thank you to Ace Hardware who sponsored my DIY project and this post. Justin and I have been doing nothing but DIY projects lately and this project was on my list of things to do. I’m happy to have been able to collaborate with Ace during their paint sample promotion for this project. I hope you enjoy!
I have been meaning to get a full length mirror for my closet/office for quite some time but haven’t been able to settle on which one. Full length mirrors can be quite expensive if you want a nice one and so I consider it to be a big purchase and one that I don’t want to decide on without some major thought. So finally I decided instead of purchasing a plain mirror or investing in a unique or expensive one, I would try and make one. Justin and I have been doing so many large-scale projects for our home and had decided we needed to take a break from doing DIYs. So for this project I wanted something amazing but one that would also not take that much time to do. Large-scale project and done in a day, is that even possible? I scoured the internet for inspiration and found a few super fun looking full-length mirrors that other people have made. This gave me the inspiration to make this mirror, plus it didn’t hurt that Ace Hardware was having a $0.99 color sample sale on one pint paints. This allowed me to select a few different paint colors rather than have to stick with just one and I was able to test out some samples before deciding on the final colors for my DIY full length mirror project.
8 Easy Steps to Make Your Own Full Length Mirror in One Day:
1. Go to your local Ace Hardware and purchase materials. (I got everything except the wood planks at Ace since their selection was low and didn’t have enough material for me to get the width I wanted for the mirror)
2. Start by laying your planks of wood on the ground and securing them together by drilling a narrow piece of wood across all planks. For extra strength/support I glued the narrow wood piece that was going to span the length of the mirror first before drilling.
3. Using blue painters tape, lay out your design on the wood planks. Make sure the tape is on really well by running a stir stick over the tape to get ride of any bubbles that may mess up your straight lines.
4. Using the paint colors you selected, paint in the areas where you want color and paint over the tape lines so that when the paint dries and you peel off the tape your lines will be straight!
5. Once the paint has dried and you have peeled off the tape, take a step back and see if you have achieved the look you were going for. If not, you can use a wood stain for a richer wood effect. Using a different paint brush paint the stain over the planks. Don’t worry about going over the paint.
6. Wipe down the stain after you have let it set for 5-10 minutes. (only if you have decided to go this route)
7. Find the right placement for the full length mirror and secure down with included plastic hardware.
8. Find the perfect place in your room to best display your new piece of furniture!
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Note: $.99 paint pint offer valid on Valspar and Clark+Kensington. At participating stores 8/1-8/31. Prices may vary. Limit 4. Color samples must be tinted in unique colors. I was compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions and positions expressed here are my own and do no necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.