IKEA is a great place to start for upcycling hacks. Here’s how to create a cool DIY IKEA mirror without the price tag.
I made my version with IKEA LOTS mirrors, a floral transfer, chalk paint and black wax.
So, here’s how to create a cool DIY IKEA mirror without the price tag.
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I calculated the size of the MDF I needed based on the width of the mirrors plus wooden trim.
Fortunately, for the person at the DIY shop who cut the MDF, I couldn’t make the mirror any bigger due to the size of my car.
This is the largest piece I’ve managed to fit into my car, just!
Adding the transfer to the mirror
Transfers will stick to the first thing they touch, whether that be a mirror, carpet, or cat (don’t worry, it wasn’t the cat).
I borrowed a spare pair of hands to help line it up and avoid it sticking in the wrong places.
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The transfer adheres with a wooden ruler which you use to rub each section until it attaches. You can see when it has transferred because the colour changes slightly.
It took about an hour to get all 6 panels attached. It always takes longer than I imagine.
Fortunately, the surface of a mirror is smooth but it’s harder if you add the transfer to a rougher surface as you need to use the ruler at different angles to attach it well.
I once did a transfer on a chest of drawers which took 6 hours to complete because of the texture of the paint.
Next, I painted behind where the mirrors would sit on the MDF board in the charcoal grey. This was to avoid any of the brown board showing through if the mirrors weren’t perfectly in line.
I also used the board as a drying rack for the pieces of wood trim which is why it looks so messy!
For the outer edges and two inner dividers, I used six long pieces of trim. For the horizontal dividers between the mirrors, I needed another 12 pieces of trim, which were the width of each mirror panel.
Even though I used plain wood trim, there was a surprising difference applying wax over it. It gave the wood a much richer colour.
DIY mirror assembly
With a bit of pre-planning, I screwed the Z bar in from the front before the mirrors were attached. I didn’t fancy a drill coming into close contact with a complete grid of mirrors.
This is a really secure way of attaching a mirror. I’m confident that it will stay safely on the wall, even with pets and little ones around.
I wasn’t sure how best to assemble it all together, either from the middle or from an edge. The decision was made based on which would be the easiest to fix if my measurements were off.
I started in a top corner and even so the measurements did end up being slightly out. I think probably based on the extra width added by the coats of paint. So, with a little sanding and rejigging the mirrors, it finally pieced together.
The mirrors came with sticky pieces but I used mirror glue for extra security.
The final piece
It was scary picking up the complete mirror for the first time not knowing if the glue had done its job.
But it held together perfectly and the Z-bar attachment feels secure.
But the cat isn’t as impressed with the mirror on the wall where she can’t sit on it…
What do you think? Would you create your own DIY IKEA mirror? I’d love to know in the comments.
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