Friday, October 26, 2018
Mirror, Mirror, in a Frame
Frames aren’t just for photographs and paintings. They can add style to a mirror, turning it into a focal point of the room. If you’re thinking of using one of our frames to make your own mirror, here are some things to keep in mind.First, choose the right frame. You’ll want something thick enough to support the heavy mirrored glass. We like Allure, Palladio, Silver and Gold, and Metallics frames for mirrors.
Once you’ve chosen a few frames you like, order samples. It’s an easy, affordable way to ensure the mirrors will fit inside the frames. We offer free samples of all our frames. Corner samples can be ordered for a small fee. When it’s time to order the frame, insert the exact size of the mirror, leaving no room for a mat. You will want to order a mounting board, however.
Now, build your framed mirror.
1. First, gather your assembled frame, mirror and backing board. If you don’t have a mirror, you can get one custom-cut at many hardware and glass shops. Keep in mind that the inside lip of the frame will reflect on the front of the mirror. To avoid unfinished wood reflecting in your mirror, we suggest painting or coloring the inside lip. Use a permanent marker or our Picture Frame Touch Up Kit.
2. After your frame dries completely, build your art stack with your mirror on top of the mounting board, and gently place the mirror in the back of it. If you’re looking at the back of the frame, the mounting board should be the first thing you see.
4. Finally, hang your mirror. It will be heavy, so you’ll need extra support. We recommend the Hangman Wood Frame Hanging System. It’s an extra-strong wall mounting hardware system for wood frames and can hold up to 200 lbs. This video explains how to use it.