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LED "Framed" Mirror


Modern Builds
Modern Builds
Modern Builds
Modern Builds

For this project I'm taking a piece of etched mirror and creating an LED Lightbox illuminate it. Because the size of the project is going to be dependent on the space you're putting it in, I'm using relative measurements.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      The first thing I did was cut my piece of 1/8" plywood to size. It should measure so that there is a 1/2" gap between the inside of the frame and the outside edge of the etched glass.

    2. Step: 2

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      With the plywood cut, I attached a 1x3 frame around the edge. I used screws so that I could remove the back panel to adjust the LED's if necessary.

    3. Step: 3

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      The measurements of the inside frame don't need to be as precise as the outside frame. I made mine so that there was a 5" gap between the two frames.

    4. Step: 4

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      I hot glued the inside in place, then flipped it over and screwed it in.

    5. Step: 5

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      To match the wood accent wall behind it, I stained the light box with a provincial stain by Minwax.

    6. Step: 6

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      I wanted the light to reflect and diffuse more effectively, so I painted the "trough" white.

    7. Step: 7

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      The color temperature of the LED kit I used is 5000k. It's a stark white, but not overboard. I used a hot glue gun to affix it to the frame. The adhesive on the back of the strips was worn from being taken off of a failed mirror attempt.

    8. Step: 8

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      I used Owens Corning 795 to attach the mirror to the light box. It cures in 24 hours. I used a thin bead on the outside frame so that squeez-out couldn't get on the etched portion of the glass. I applied it generously to the inside frame, though.

    9. Step: 9

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      Make sure it's lined up right! If you get the adhesive on the etched portion, it may ruin it.

    10. Step: 10

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      I installed the light box into the recess above my bathroom vanity. Info about the electrical is in the video. I'm not a licensed electrician and don't give electrical advise or direction.

    11. Step: 11

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      I used small metal angle brackets to fasten the mirror in place.

Comments (2)


  • That's pretty Awesome.  I'd love to do something similar in an aged white with a nautical feel!!  Great project!!
    By RCabalo, on July 7, 2018

  • Looks great, can you confirm the measurements for the width of mirror on the edge and the etched section as well please?

    What size screws did you use?
    By Nicdavwil, on October 23, 2018

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LED "Framed" Mirror

by Modern Builds
Sep 18, 2017
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For this project I'm taking a piece of etched mirror and creating an LED Lightbox illuminate it. Because the size of the project is going to be dependent on the space you're putting it in, I'm using relative measurements.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge 2c408c17 4cd0 48f1 94b1 ed5315ca8bc0

    The first thing I did was cut my piece of 1/8" plywood to size. It should measure so that there is a 1/2" gap between the inside of the frame and the outside edge of the etched glass.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge b7c23197 90b2 46c6 8198 054805e1bd19

    With the plywood cut, I attached a 1x3 frame around the edge. I used screws so that I could remove the back panel to adjust the LED's if necessary.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 49624517 106e 462e b12b 1aa11d2ad5c8

    The measurements of the inside frame don't need to be as precise as the outside frame. I made mine so that there was a 5" gap between the two frames.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge e10d00bd 2787 48b8 9cdc 151a10cc35da

    I hot glued the inside in place, then flipped it over and screwed it in.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 9b23c3f1 1c0d 4fe3 9cf5 f49eff9cac91

    To match the wood accent wall behind it, I stained the light box with a provincial stain by Minwax.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge ffea06b3 57ba 4350 91b3 353178208ab3

    I wanted the light to reflect and diffuse more effectively, so I painted the "trough" white.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 9db858cb 9b8d 46ba b3cd c5e8f1ea1a59

    The color temperature of the LED kit I used is 5000k. It's a stark white, but not overboard. I used a hot glue gun to affix it to the frame. The adhesive on the back of the strips was worn from being taken off of a failed mirror attempt.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 5e782bd1 2a14 4ec8 ae22 c6a2970c071d

    I used Owens Corning 795 to attach the mirror to the light box. It cures in 24 hours. I used a thin bead on the outside frame so that squeez-out couldn't get on the etched portion of the glass. I applied it generously to the inside frame, though.

  9. Step: 9
    Huge 18a18d2c d1ee 4725 9d6b 58ad38df64ca

    Make sure it's lined up right! If you get the adhesive on the etched portion, it may ruin it.

  10. Step: 10
    Huge fe9afeea cce3 4a3f b776 baef7735c1ba

    I installed the light box into the recess above my bathroom vanity. Info about the electrical is in the video. I'm not a licensed electrician and don't give electrical advise or direction.

  11. Step: 11
    Huge bc8a2d19 07c8 46f0 9114 da74faaa5c6d

    I used small metal angle brackets to fasten the mirror in place.