Were finally on the last straight to getting our house back to 'normal' after the recent renovation works including 2.5 bathroom refits and a conversion - yikes. A builder/decorator/plaster free home has been a rare occasion and it is amazing to once again have our home back and to be able to 'finish off' the rooms which have been needing off work for so long.

Amongst all this work we also had the idea to swap around two of our bedrooms. Out youngest daughter (with her huge cotbed/changing table and wardrobe combo) were in the second largest room in our home, but she now no longer needs so much furniture (her wardrobe was SO bulky so i found another use for that [more details soon] and a changing table was no longer required) do we figured this would be a great time to move her to another room so she could settle into something decorated specifically for her. This move also meant that our larger spare room would now be able to house guests comfortably rather than the smaller room which was just not suitable.

Stuffed away in a corner of our spare room was a purchase that we made when buying our first home (so around 9 years ago!) like most i love an Ikea visit and during one of these visits we purchased a HUGE mirror, the actual mirror of this size is no longer available (boo) but you can see the smaller version HERE. At the time i loved the mirror... now, not so much love. We kept it mostly as we did not have another full length mirror in our home. So it got stowed away in a corner of our guest bedroom, it was useful to have but... it wasn't loved and i didn't like it.
Fast forward to our 'room swap' our gorgeous baby girl has her own beautiful DIY - baton board bedroom which looks AMAZING [more to follow on that] and were down to 'room planning' and then the topic of 'the mirror' our conversation went as follows;

Me "So what about the mirror?"
Mr Smith " Throw it out"
Me "NO!!!"

I hate to throw things out and it really pained me to get rid of this HUGE mirror, it needed a second lease of life... Ping! Eureka! Lightbulb moment!

its not my actual frame - bad blogger forgot to take a photo. its linked accordingly.





x2  -  24.5" x 5.5"
x2  -  71.5" x 5.5"
x2  -  26.5" x 2"
x2  -  32" x 2"
x2  -  55.5" x 2"
x3  -  26.5" x 2"
Extra Strength Glue
Wall Tie


I will add that a LARGE amount of extra strength glue was added to ensure the frame attached to the glass panel as the mirror was so huge. We used a wall tie to secure the frame to the wall so it could not be pulled over. Safety Safety!

[Apologies in advance for the photos below, we had to try and assemble this HUGE frame inside as it was pooring with rain, so the best was made with the space available - they should give you the general idea though :)]

Reclaimed Wood
This time we opted for the reclaimed wood 'look' due to the size and weight of the mirror (and frame) we opted for the lightest weight wood as possible which unfortunately ruled out our reclaimed wood stock pile (boo!) we purchased our wood at a local hardware store and used a combination of dark oak wood stain and grey paint. This was then sanded off once dry to create the wooden look required. Some areas had a second coat/extra sanding for effect.

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  1. I love IKEA hacks! Great job - that mirror is amazing now! Thanks for linking up at Friday's Unfolded!

    1. Thank you Jill. It looks a million times better than before


  2. Wow! What a fantastic difference the wood made. Great makeover!

  3. Hi Sarah! First, love your tutorial! Super detailed and the end result is stunning. Two, your webpage and projects are breathtaking! I definitely need to find three hours in my day to go through everything. Love, love, love :)

    1. Hey LZ! Your a sweet heart, thank you for your lovely comments :)
      Im a big fan of, your posts are great.
      Glad you like this tutorial - Our mirror is my new fav DIY project
      If you ever would like to do a blog hop feature then do let me know

      Sarah :)

  4. Great post! I love your rustic look and instruction well presented! My family need be more handy ... to get this done:)

    1. Hello Lana
      Thank you for your lovely comments :)
      My husband is a great DIY man, i would get nothing do otherwise haha

      Thanks again
      Sarah :)

  5. I love it! I just purchased a large mirror for our master bedroom but the next time I need one, I'll be making it! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded, I'm featuring your mirror in my roundup post!

    1. Hey Ange!
      Thank you :) I keep wandering around our home pointing our mirrors that can be 'reframed' gone a bit 'framing-mad' - haha

      Thanks for the feature!!!

  6. Just gorgeous! I need to do this! You should totally share this at my link party, On Display Thursday! Just saying! :) It's live now!

    1. Hi Shelly!
      Haha - I found your Link Party - Posted the frame on there, thank you for hosting :)
      Your blog is super pretty


  7. this is an awesome hack!!! nice work.

  8. AHH!!!!! I was looking forward to the day I'd find someone with the same theme from 17th Avenue as I have- and it's you!! We are blog twins!! Obviously you have amazing taste. :) LOL! So nice to meet you, and I LOVE this project! (I found you through the Your Designs This Time party, and I host one on Saturdays called Found & Foraged- it would be so fun if you came by and linked up!, Saturdays at 8. I'd love to see!) xo!!!

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    2. Awww yay blog twin! hahaha.
      I love your photography, your blog is super pretty.
      Just been to check our your blog party (thank you for the invite!) I've added the frame, will add it to my party list :)


      PS. The logo for your link party is great, did you design it? Great title too

  9. I almost got a floor mirror from Ikea last time we were there wanting to do something like this to it, now I really wish I had! Oh darn, guess I'll have to make another trip :) It is one of my features this week at On Display Thursday, thanks so much for sharing it!

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  11. Hi, lové your project !
    Q. How did you place it in place?