CUTTING OUT THE WOOD FOR OUR LIVE EDGE MIRROR First off I measured and marked a total of 4 pieces to create the live edge frame. I decided to do both sides of the frame live edge and keep the top and bottom of the frame clean cut with no live edge.
Here’s what the frame looked like. We had the mirror close by to make sure all the pieces fit nicely. Make sure you’re frame is a bit smaller. This is how you’ll attach the mirror to it. If you’re wondering how we accurately got an even width on the live edge pieces, we just kind of eye balled it 😆😉! Overall the width of each wood piece was around 5 inches we just kind of kept this in mind while cutting the live edge pieces. This did result in some adjusting later but, it’s exactly what we were expecting.
After making some holes on the back side of the wood pieces we added some wood glue to the seams and secured all the pieces together with screws. Yep it was that easy! If you’re freaking out about using a kreg jig keep reading! I was pretty overwhelmed by the idea of it before I tried it too!
I used some furniture wax and applied it to the wood just to add a bit more contrast in the wood grain. To attach the mirror we flipped the frame face down and applied a few small beads of silicone. A little goes a long way. Make sure it’s not to close to the edge of the frame because, you don’t want it to seep out once the mirror it attached. Next we lay the mirror over the silicone and secured all 4 edges of the mirror with some leather straps and screws. We made the leather straps from an old belt we had. That’s it! We let the silicone set overnight.
FINISHING TOUCHES THAT CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR MIRROR! So most mirrors sold at stores have the back of the mirror completely covered and flush with the frame. This is usually for the safety of the mirror itself. We actually thought about this and it could be done by grinding down a drop in area for the mirror so it’s flush with the wood.
This would result in A LOT more work and I talked Tony out of it because I figured we could easily do a few tweaks that are easier. Because the back of your mirror needs to be kept safe and you should avoid scratching it as much as possible. Tony applied some contact paper to top area. This helped keep us from scratching it while hanging it up. We also added some wood blocks to all 4 sides. This helps keep the mirror away from any screws sticking out of the wall.
A DIY BLOG, SHARING STORIES OF DESIGN BY LILY ARDOR