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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:
DIY bead board molding mirror. Make this mirror by layering it on top of a piece of wood, wallpapered with bead board wallpaper! Great way to fake a giant custom 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. 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.


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.
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?

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] 

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DIY bead board molding mirror. Make this mirror by layering it on top of a piece of wood, wallpapered with bead board wallpaper! Great way to fake a giant custom mirror!

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  1. 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.

  2. 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. πŸ™‚
    Sorry-I think that the wreath needs to go. Just my big fat ol' opinion.

  3. I love this project it loks fantastic and I totally get the wreath! Love it all! Great job!

  4. Don't listen to Traci (no offense Trace πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰

  5. No way….that's beadboard wallpaper? Incredible! What a wonderful project! Turned out beautifully!

  6. 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?!

  7. BTW, I am showing this off in my Friday Finds post. πŸ™‚ If you like to grab featured buttons I would love for you to hop over and get one.

  8. 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)

  9. Beyond fabulous. Seriously! I adore this project! And I love the price tag. πŸ˜‰ Fabulous idea!!! And I kind of like the wreath.

  10. This turned out SO awesome! Love your dining room, so bright and cheery! πŸ™‚

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

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