diy large beadboard molding mirror

After my stencil wall was completed, I knew I needed to beef up my mirror.  Solution for a bigger mirror?…a larger frame behind the original.  Best part: FREE!  

You might be surprised what supplies I used to create this DIY Large Beadboard Molding Mirror:

Let’s back it up real quick…my generous twinner, Kristi, gave me this cute, simple creamy mirror when I first moved into my new home 7 months ago [warning: cruddy cell phone pic]

Love the mirror, but it needed to be BIGGER on that big, busy wall.  I originally planned on 3 crown molding 5′ shelves for the wall but after I stenciled it, I knew the knick knacks on the shelf would be too cluttery.

An after shot:

Here’s what I did, and what you can do too!!

1. Start with a standard mirror, 1/8″ MDF, bead-board wallpaper, trim [wallpaper+trim were leftover goods]
2. Cut MDF 8″ larger than your mirror so it has a nice, chunky base.
3. Apply wallpaper to edges of MDF. This is nice because you can save your wallpaper and are virtually using scraps. Score.
4. Center + liquid nail original frame onto newly bead-boarded MDF.
5. Liquid nail trim. Secure with screws behind [optional].
6. Caulk, paint, glaze. [In the last picture you can see how thin the whole frame is from the side which is nice because it’s lighter.]

Here it is next to my 7 year old son for comparison:

Side view and Accessorized:

My sis-in-law/neighbor walked in after I completed the room and said “I don’t get the wreath?”  Haha!-do you agree or disagree??  I didn’t put the mirror up to look at myself while I cook, I put it up for decor only.  What do you think?!

And one last shot:
Okay okay, I swear, the last one (:

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Original mirror size: 29″ tall x 41″ long.
My chunky frame mirror: 46″ tall x 58″ long.

Cost Breakdown:

  • Mirror [free]
  • MDF [$6: used Home Depot gift card], usable amount leftover
  • Beadboard Wallpaper [free: leftover from here]
  • 2″ Trim [free: leftover from here]

PS: Enter the giveaway for the cute wall stencil HERE :)


Lolly Jane
Meet Kelli & Kristi, twin sisters and authors of Lolly Jane. We are two busy wives + mommas who are makers of all things pretty. From signs to home decor and holiday crafts or redoing furniture in between soccer practices, we do it all all while armed with an ice cold Diet Coke. Join us in our DIY adventures! XOXO
  • Jeannie - GREAT idea! I never thought of that. I may have to use this idea for a couple of framed photos instead of a mirror that need to be beefed up. I get the wreath. I like that look. Room looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl - That is EXACTLY what the mirror needed, Kel! So awesome…and I think the wreath is PERFECT! I, too, use my mirrors for light and deco – not to look at myself…we are both so awesome…;) Your dining room is absolutely wonderful…love.ReplyCancel

  • Tonia L - How cool! I love that you did this so cheap instead of going out and buying a whole new mirror. BTW…a family that we know refers to their teenage twin boys a twin & twinner. Who knows, maybe that is a common thing but it made me smile when you said it.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts - looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating - This turned out SO awesome! Love your dining room, so bright and cheery! :)ReplyCancel

  • Kara - Oh my gosh Kelli, I LOVE this! Totally putting on my to-do list! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - This looks much better than your old mirror. I love it!ReplyCancel

  • {northern cottage} - how fantastic! I lurrve the chunky new addition & anything with beadboard sucks me right in!



  • Heather - I think the whole thing rocks! Just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • The Denny Family - What size MDF (in thickness) did you use?ReplyCancel

  • Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} - Beyond fabulous. Seriously! I adore this project! And I love the price tag. ;) Fabulous idea!!! And I kind of like the wreath.ReplyCancel

  • Christy - So much better than the first view! LOVE IT!ReplyCancel

  • Pepper Lovin! - I kind of have to agree with trace. I feel like the mirror is to make the room feel larger and the wreath blocks that. Its a cute wreath but Just my opinion. (like I ever have one right)ReplyCancel

  • Darcy - I completely support the use of the wreath. LOVE.ReplyCancel

  • Christy - BTW, I am showing this off in my Friday Finds post. :) If you like to grab featured buttons I would love for you to hop over and get one.ReplyCancel

  • Love Sweet Love - Okay Kelli my dear it's time you knew…if I were stuck on a crafting island and could only choose ONE person to be stuck with it would be YOU! (ok technically speaking I would take two because we couldn't leave out Kristi!) Are you kidding me?? That mirror is Ah-MAZE-ing!!!! I'm in smitten adoration of the chunkiness and I love how the wreath ties in the brown in the room-it just totally completes the look! You are my idol mmmkay?!ReplyCancel

  • Sassy Sites! - I LOVE IT!! But, I love you MORE! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Cleaver - Love the Wreath!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Cleaver - Love the Wreath!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn Erickson - No way….that's beadboard wallpaper? Incredible! What a wonderful project! Turned out beautifully!ReplyCancel

  • Crafty Mischief - Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • The {Prince} Family - Don't listen to Traci (no offense Trace ;) I think the whole project turned out perfect! And leave the whole staring at yourself while cooking dinner AND doing a cheer or two in the mirror to me ;)ReplyCancel

  • PV Panels - I love this project it loks fantastic and I totally get the wreath! Love it all! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • Tausha - Love this project because it looks fabulous and it is totally do-able! Awesome job and great tutorial. I am pinning this because my head is spinning with the possibilities of what i can do with this new knowledge. :)
    Sorry-I think that the wreath needs to go. Just my big fat ol' opinion.

  • Deedra - I love the color of the stencil wall. If I didn’t rent my house I know that one of the white walls in this house would have a cool stencil on it.ReplyCancel

    • lollyjane - Darn! Rentals are tough, hopefully one day Deedra!! (:ReplyCancel

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