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Easy Grid Mirror

  • March 12, 2015

Ana White
Ana White
Ana White
Ana White

Mirrors are a beautiful way to brighten and open up a space! This grid mirror is simple to make and you can customize to any size – even sizes bigger than a sheet of plywood!

Click here to download Ana White's plans for this How-To!

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      Cutting Instructions: Cut all your boards first according to the cut list. 4 – 1x2 @ 37-1/2” 2 – 1x2 @ 51-3/4” 3 – 1x3 @ 37-1/2” 2 – 3/4" x 3/4" wood moulding @ 50-1/4” 9 – 3/4" x 3/4" wood moulding @ 12” long Shorter Frame Pieces. Attach in an L shape two 37-1/2” long 1x2s together. Build two of these. Use 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue. TIP: Use scrap 1x2s as spacers under the unsupported side of the piece you are nailing into.

    2. Step: 2

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      Longer Frame Pieces. Attach the longer frame pieces to the shorter frame pieces with 1-1/4” brad nails and glue.

    3. Step: 3

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      Back Supports Attach back supports to longer frame side pieces with glue and nails.

    4. Step: 4

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      Longer Moulding Pieces Using the 12” moulding pieces as guides, nail the longer moulding pieces to all back support boards with 1-1/4” brad nails and glue.

    5. Step: 5

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      Smaller Moulding Pieces Finally attach the smaller mouldign pieces in between the larger moulding pieces, using pieces not yet attached as guides. Use 1-1/4” brad nails and glue.

    6. Step: 6

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      Sand Sand the project using 120 grit sandpaper. For a finer finish, work downward in sanding grits.

    7. Step: 7

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      Stain or Paint Paint or stain the frame. TIP: It may also be easier to add hanging hardware at this step.

    8. Step: 8

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      Glue Mirrors On Once the paint or stain has completely dried, read directions on the mirror mastic, and use to attach mirrors to the frame. Let dry.

    9. Step: 9

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      Hang and enjoy! Note: This mirror can be hung using a picture hanging kit suitable for up to 50 lbs or larger. Do not hang from the 1x2 at 51-3/4" long.

Comments (4)


  • This is great! I just saw a preview commercial for the new HGTV Smart Home 2015, which premiers later this month, and they showed a mirror just like this from Ethan Allen (I assume - that's where they say their furnishings came from.) As soon as I saw the commercial, I knew I would be duplicating the design. We are downsizing, having a smaller house built, & I am looking for ways to expand the space & bounce more light around. This is just the ticket. Another wonderful project from the talented Anna White. Thanks again!
    By ladams1221, on April 11, 2015

  • It was a super fun project and it makes my living room seem double the size!
    By zoeormsby, on April 14, 2015

  • I love this mirror, and I really want to make it! The other tutorials I have seen say to use plywood for the back, gluing the mirrors to plywood instead of the frame strips. I like how much lighter it will be without the plywood and the frame instead. It says you can make this mirror any size - even as large as a piece of plywood. If you were to make it larger, say 5x6 mirrors instead of 3x4 mirrors, would you still use the same board sizes to create you frame? Will it be sufficient to hold the weight of additional mirrors?
    By lindseycarlton, on August 17, 2017

  • I made this and I've had so many friends and family complement and tell me it's beautifully. If you decide to make this just remember that the mirrors are NOT 12" squares. I learned this the hard way and had to do a lot of sanding to get the larger then 12" mirrors to go into the 12" x 12" frame space.
    By janisbilbrey_121565, on February 9, 2018

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Easy Grid Mirror

by Ana White
Mar 12, 2015
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Mirrors are a beautiful way to brighten and open up a space! This grid mirror is simple to make and you can customize to any size – even sizes bigger than a sheet of plywood! <a href="http://eff5c75290b0e498bfcc-cdb2fd2cc8e016557784fa363a2704b5.r93.cf1.rackcdn.com/pdf/Ryobi%20Nation%20How%20To%20Project%20Submission%20-%20Ana%20White%20Grid%20Mirror%20PLANS.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download Ana White's plans for this How-To! </a>

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
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    Cutting Instructions: Cut all your boards first according to the cut list. 4 – 1x2 @ 37-1/2” 2 – 1x2 @ 51-3/4” 3 – 1x3 @ 37-1/2” 2 – 3/4" x 3/4" wood moulding @ 50-1/4” 9 – 3/4" x 3/4" wood moulding @ 12” long Shorter Frame Pieces. Attach in an L shape two 37-1/2” long 1x2s together. Build two of these. Use 1-1/4” brad nails and wood glue. TIP: Use scrap 1x2s as spacers under the unsupported side of the piece you are nailing into.

  2. Step: 2
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    Longer Frame Pieces. Attach the longer frame pieces to the shorter frame pieces with 1-1/4” brad nails and glue.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge b065a595 447e 4880 8619 2ec93cef8a36

    Back Supports Attach back supports to longer frame side pieces with glue and nails.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge f5dd46cb 22c2 4958 a26e 8ee6f04d27dc

    Longer Moulding Pieces Using the 12” moulding pieces as guides, nail the longer moulding pieces to all back support boards with 1-1/4” brad nails and glue.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 59a56894 faab 407e 96ad cdf3163a50c5

    Smaller Moulding Pieces Finally attach the smaller mouldign pieces in between the larger moulding pieces, using pieces not yet attached as guides. Use 1-1/4” brad nails and glue.

  6. Step: 6
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    Sand Sand the project using 120 grit sandpaper. For a finer finish, work downward in sanding grits.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 3ff6be75 9fac 4026 8651 648acbcb9a15

    Stain or Paint Paint or stain the frame. TIP: It may also be easier to add hanging hardware at this step.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge b317ef17 0cca 43b8 b936 1d1617ea1b50

    Glue Mirrors On Once the paint or stain has completely dried, read directions on the mirror mastic, and use to attach mirrors to the frame. Let dry.

  9. Step: 9
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    Hang and enjoy! Note: This mirror can be hung using a picture hanging kit suitable for up to 50 lbs or larger. Do not hang from the 1x2 at 51-3/4" long.