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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

      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

      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

      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

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

    5. Step: 5

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

    6. Step: 6

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

    7. Step: 7

      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

      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

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

    10. Step: 10

      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

      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

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

    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

    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

    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

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

  5. Step: 5

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

  6. Step: 6

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

  7. Step: 7

    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

    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

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

  10. Step: 10

    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

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