DIY Custom Mirror Frame With Moulding

July 31, 2014 Decorating

Metrie DIY Mirror

I love a good DIY project. Especially when the end result is sophisticated, glamorous and very un-DIY looking! Thanks to our friends at Metrie,  I’m bringing you a fab DIY tutorial on how to create a large scale, custom framed mirror using moulding. I love using large scale mirrors in interior projects because they add an element of grandeur to a space and also helps to reflect light which really opens up a room.  A very large decorative mirror can easily cost several hundred or even thousands of dollars on the high end so this is an easy way to get the look for less! Here’s the scoop:




1. Select the style of moulding and corner blocks that suit the style of your room best. (I love Metrie’s Fashion Forward collection!) The great thing about using corner blocks is that you can just make straight cuts and don’t have to worry about mitering your corners which can be tricky.

2. Remove original framing from mirror (if any) and measure mirror size to determine  the length of your moulding.

3. Use saw to cut mouldings into lengths that match the size of the mirror, or have them pre-cut at your local lumber yard.

3. Paint all mouldings and Ikon corner blocks. Be sure to also paint the back of the frame too so that the mirror doesn’t reflect the edge of an unfinished backside.

4.  Once the pieces are dry, adhere pieces of moulding and Ikons together to create the frame using a clear drying construction adhesive. You’ll want to work quickly as construction adhesive dries pretty fast.

5. Adhere mirror to back of frame also using construction adhesive.

6. To get the look of the photo above, you can install your  custom-framed mirror directly over fireplace or mantel by adhering it to the wall with more construction adhesive. If you don’t want to permanently install the mirror, you can treat it as you would a framed piece of art and purchase a picture hanging kit from your local art supply store and mount it to the back of the moulding pieces. and I caution to be mindful of the weight of the mirror when determining the right hanging kit to purchase.

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*This post was written in collaboration with Metrie, manufacturer of exquisitely crafted architectural finishings.  All opinions are my own. Visit  and their blog The Finished Space for more information and inspiration.

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