Yes, before you yell at me, The Wedding Cat is not about home decor. BUT, I’ve decided to include a DIY that my husband and I recently finished just in case any of you have the urge and the need to create a hallway mirror out of metal.
We have some metallic art already in our living room. You can see a little bit of it in the mirror on an opposing wall here….
So my idea was to create a large mirror for this hallway with a metal frame. After explaining my vision to the husband, we devised a plan, and headed to Home Depot to scope things out. We were actually surprised to find the metal, and a perfect-sized mirror at Home Depot pretty quickly, then we went to get some more parts from Amazon (affiliate links are below.)
- 60′ inch beveled mirror
- Aluminum Flashing
- Wood (1×4’s)
- D-Ring Hooks (you can purchase them from Amazon HERE)
- Glass Retainer Clips (you can purchase them from Amazon HERE)
- L-Shaped Corner Braces (you can purchase them from Amazon HERE)
- Krylon Copper Leafing Pen (You can purchase from Amazon HERE)
I’m not even sure what Aluminum Flashing is for… a roof maybe? But it comes in a roll, and here is what it looks like at Home Depot:
We first built the wood frame, and routed a 1″ groove that the mirror would slip right into.
After the frame was cut and ready to go, it was time for the hard part: Bending the aluminum.
After several failed attempts with some all-purpose glue, we found that staple-gunning the edges did the trick. The husband shaped the aluminum around the wooden frame, and secured it. He then finished the edges by tapping the metal into place (folded, like wrapping a gift.)
Once the frame was covered, I took a power drill wire brush to the aluminum. I created a textured surface by carving circles into the metal.
After the frame was put together and secured with the L-shaped braces, and the mirror was placed in it’s groove, we used the glass retainers to hold the mirror into place. After mounting it to the hallway wall, I used the copper leafing pen, and added a coating to the edges of the mirror, creating a weathered look…
I ran a line down the seam of the edge, then dabbed away at the copper leafing so that it was uneven.
Voila! Hallway mirror complete!
I hope you enjoyed our metal mirror DIY. I’m curious to see any variations of this DIY… let me know if you make one.