DIY Wood Frame
Is it normal for each DIY to become my new favorite DIY? LOL
This one was easy and affordable… a good one for DIY beginners.
I just have to admit though, that every time a DIY involves measuring, I always seem to have a hard time!! I have never been good at measuring and making cuts but with this one I improved, so that’s a step in the right direction… (Well, my husband did notice that one of my boards was slightly crooked but hey, that just adds more character, right? )
Measuring, cutting, nailing, screwing, drilling…it can all be so intimidating honestly. Don’t let it be though! I am learning as I go (with the guidance of my super handy husband) but it feels good to do stuff like this on your own!
Without further explanation, let’s get in to the details of this project.
What you’ll need:
- wood (scrap pallet wood will work best)
- corner braces (to hold the mirror together
- picture hanging kit (to hang frame up)
- drywall anchors
- sand paper (i used 220 grit)
- miter saw (to cut wood)
Before you begin, make sure you have all the tools to start.
Being prepared is the first step in a successful DIY.
- Once you have all the materials, begin by choosing your wood and setting a layout around the mirror seeing which pieces of wood you want where.
2. After that, measure the area around your mirror (you’re going to want to frame the mirror either 1/2 or 1 inch in from the outside of the mirror, so make sure you’re measurements are correct before you move to the next step
3. After your measurements are done, cut the wood using a miter saw. Sand after you’re done to smooth down the wood. (After this step, some might choose to stain the wood, but I loved the raw color of this scrap pallet wood we had so I chose not to sand).
4. Once the wood is cut, you’re now going to brace the corners of the frame together by using these corner braces. The braces are what are holding the frame together so it is nice and sturdy. These do not need to be put on evenly since they will not be shown…
5. Once braces are on each corner (we used 8 in total for extra strength), make sure the frame is evenly squared and everything looks good. Use this time to go place the frame up against the mirror just to be sure the frame completely covers everything!
6. Measure where the picture hooks will be screwed on (you will only need two hooks- make sure the screws for attaching the hooks are shorter than the width of your wood or they will go through the wood!) Attach the hooks using a drill (photo above shows the silver picture hook).
7. Measure where the hooks will be hung over the mirror (photo below), and then put in the drywall anchor (pound it in the wall with a hammer). Once drywall anchors are secure, drill in the screws and place your mirror over top!
8. If all measurements were done correctly, you should now be able to hang the frame on the screws
YAY! YOU DID IT! Good job!
Below is a 4 minute YouTube tutorial for this entire project too!