I’ve got a fun project for you today…
We’ve had this Ikea Mongstad mirror for as long as I can remember. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just a little too plain and modern for my ever-evolving taste. I’m trying to incorporate more vintage/farmhouse style pieces into our home, and only keep things I really love. This mirror wasn’t special—it was just taking up space.
I’ve been drooling over these beautiful mirrors everywhere on Pinterest…
Such lovely detail…
So the other day as I was browsing the trim aisle at Lowe’s (my second home), an idea popped into my head when I spotted this fancy molding…
I could simply attach it to the mirror by framing it out and I’d have my own vintage-esque shabby chic mirror. Easy.
Originally I had planned on going all out and adding detail around the outside and inside edges, but when I started adding up the costs, I decided to scale back a bit. The pieces range anywhere from $15-$20+ for 8 feet, and I needed three pieces to make a single rectangle around the perimeter. (Note: this is not a cheap DIY project).
I ended up selecting three pieces of the expensive molding (at $19/peice) and cut costs using primed MDF baseboard for the second row (I already had some at home so I only needed two pieces), and then two pieces of skinny detailed molding which were just $5 each. The total came to around $75.
After laying out my pattern, it was time to start cutting.
The fancy molding was actually crown, which meant the edges were angled and not straight. I wanted the trim to line up flush with the edge of the mirror, so I ripped it down with my table saw.
Here you can see the uncut molding on the top, and the ripped piece below it.
Once those pieces were all ripped, it was time to make my cuts. Simple stuff—45° the whole time.
The mirror already had a seam on each angle so it was easy to see where the molding should line up.
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