I am absolutely thrilled with how my DIY stained wood shim mirror turned out. I know there are a zillion tutorials out there for making mirrors like this. However, I think I am the only crazy one that sanded and stained 315 wood shims. That part was not for the weak of heart. Me-oh-my! But I love it, I love it, I love it and don’t regret the decision for one minute!
8 packs of 12” wood shims (Lowes – $3.87 each)
electric sander with 150 grit sandpaper
gloves and an old t-shirt for staining
scrap piece of 1/4” luan
1. I started by sanding each of the 315 wood shims I used. You don’t have to do this but some of them are really rough so I thought to make it look as nice as possible I would spend the time sanding them.
2. Next I stained all of them with the 4 different shades of stain. I didn’t stain the entire thing just the edge I was using, the tip and down the sides (this saved on stain).
Here are the the colors so you can see the different variances in the wood tones.
3. I put them together the way I liked them. I tried not to make a pattern and be as random as I possibly could – which was hard for me. I used a paint can in the middle so I could line them all up.
4. I grouped them together in stacks of 9 and glued them together with the Loctitie Power Grab Adhesive in the pressurized can. It was awesome and super easy to use. Because it did such a great grab of holding I didn’t have to use clamps. Bonus! On each additional stack of nine I used the previous stack to line up the shims so they were exact to each other. No worries if a little of the glue seeps out, go ahead and wipe off the excess – it does dry clear.
5. Then I cut out a circle-ish piece of 1/4” luan with my jigsaw. I flipped over all my stacks of shims (so the unfinished side was up) and glued each of them with the Loctite Power Grab together. Then I glued the luan on top of that. I let it sit overnight with some weight on it.
6. The next day I glued the mirror on with the Loctite PL520 Mirror adhesive. It is very important to use the right kind of adhesive with mirrors or else it can pull up the silvering on the back. I let that sit overnight with some weigh on it to.
7. Since it weighed a ton, I used a french cleat on the back of mine. All you have to do is attach it to the mirror and attach the other side to the wall and it locks in place.
And a few close ups. Isn’t the different color wood beautiful?
Lovely isn’t it? I think my guest room is finally done. It only took me a year and a half to complete it. Not bad!
Here it is in my new home paired with the 2×4 industrial wood cart I built…