DIY Mirrored VanityFriday, January 10, 2014
I have an affection for mirrored furniture. It started when I purchased a small set of mirrored drawers at Ross for $119 bucks a couple of years ago. What a score, especially after I discovered how expensive mirrored furniture can be. Most other pieces I've seen, including the Pier 1 Imports Hayworth collection, are out of my budget. So I decided to design my own and enlisted my handy husband to help build it.
What You'll Need...
- 4' x 8' MDF (5/8" thickness)
- 2' x 4' MDF (1/4" thickness)
- Brad Nails (1 1/2")
- Wood Glue
- Full Length Beveled Edge Mirror (I used a 16" x 58")
- Mirror Mastic Adhesive
- Caulking Gun
- Decorative Wood Moulding (to fit the edge of your table top)
- Mirror Tiles (I like Beveled Edge)
- Metallic Paint (We used Rustoleum brand)
- Martha Stewart Metallic Vintage Gold Paint (Optional for a faux antiqued finish)
- Crystal or Acrylic Drawer Pulls/Knobs
Those are the basics, you'll also need a few simple woodworking tools in the hands of a skilled craftsman or craftswoman.
How-To DIY Mirrored Vanity Video
How Do You Get Started?
The very first thing I did, was look for the mirrors I wanted to use. I based all of the measurements around those mirrors. Once you find the "Stars" of your project, you can design with their measurements in mind.
Then figure your vanity height, around 30" is standard. We made the shelving cubicles 30"H, with the Vanity Top it's 31"H. But you can make it shorter or taller, whatever works for you.
Decide if you want legs, shelves or drawers holding up your vanity. Instead of making legs, I wanted exposed shelves for extra storage and was inspired by the Closet Maid shelving cubicles that I own and love using for organizing. The shelving measurements I matched with the mirrored tiles I bought, 12 x 12. Add a few millimeters when you cut the shelves, so the mirrors can slide into place comfortably.
You could leave it very simple with just a table top set on 2 sets of shelves. Or add a few drawers. I opted for shallow drawers. So when building the shelving cubicles we left 4" of space free at the top, for the drawers to sit. For the middle drawer, we measured, cut and nailed in a piece of MDF that spans across from one cubicle to the other, level with the two side drawers, for the middle drawer to sit.
Best to watch our DIY Mirrored Vanity video for this project. While we're certainly not pro furniture makers, nor do we have the ideal tools for building furniture… We definitely had a great time making it and I love the outcome, it really added a luxurious glamorous feel to my room.
How Much Did It Cost?
Total cost $150. You can definitely cut this cost down. I splurged on the Beveled edge mirrors. I also spent more than necessary experimenting with three different paints but now I have plenty leftover for future projects. I have leftover MDF scraps for other projects as well.
Is Mirrored Furniture Hard To Clean?
Not much more than my previous glass top vanity. I actually enjoy dusting a few times a week anyway, mirrors are one of my favorite things to clean, what a weirdo right!? I know! Anyway, for those of you who love mirrored furniture, you know it's so worth a little extra effort.
After shooting this video, I discovered Martha Stewart Metallic Paint in Polished Silver, it's gorgeous! So I ended up layering on a little more silver. I love layering paint anyway, it gives such brilliant dimension to otherwise standard finishes.
I also found two mirrored boxes at Ross, for my nail polish storage. I tried keeping my polishes out in the open but I didn't love the overall look, they made the room appear cluttered. So I prefer to keep them neat and tidy in their new mirrored boxes.
I can't wait to move in! I've had my makeup stored in the same Sterilite drawers since 2008. They served their purpose well but it was time for a change, they were looking quite bland. Besides that, after downsizing my makeup "collection" I no longer needed ugh… six drawers of space?! Ahh brilliant! Finally on my way to a smaller, more delightful and better organized makeup collection. Now that's cause for celebration!
I hope our DIY Mirrored Vanity project sparked some ideas for you! My next project is making custom drawer dividers!
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