Our downstairs toilet is the smallest room in our house, but it’s often the toilet that our guests end up using (it’s right by the front door, and the closest to our living room). For a long time, I’ve wanted to make a DIY for the room to add a bit of personality to it. Something to make it a little more homely (can a bathroom be homely?!) – so it’s more consistent with the rest of our home. This DIY floating mirror was the ideal solution!
The bathroom is a bit of an awkward shape, but luckily I found a mirror that fits above the sink perfectly. It was then easy to cut the shelf to size and mount it with some strong adhesive. Of course, you can easily adjust the dimensions of this project to fit your own home.
DIY floating shelf mirror
Tools and supplies
- A plain, frameless mirror
- Scrap wood
- Strong glue or adhesive tape
- Jig saw, mitre saw or hand saw
- Sandpaper or electric sander
- Optional: wood planer
- (plus a drill and wall plugs to mount the finished mirror on the wall)
I chose to use plywood for my DIY floating shelf because I love the layered pattern on the edge. I used a 18mm thick off-cut from these DIY plywood shelves I made a few years ago. However, you can use pretty much any wood you have – even chipboard, MDF or even upcycled pallets would work. However, to ensure good adhesion to the mirror, I’d recommend you choose something that’s at least 15mm thick.
1. Measure the side of your mirror that you’d like to add the floating shelf to. Be as accurate as possible and measure right up to the edge of the glass.
2. Mark the measurement onto your scrap wood. You’ll want to mark out a piece that’s the exact same length as your mirror, and approximately 10cm wide. If your shelf is any larger, you risk putting too much strain on the adhesion with the glass.
3. Cut out the shelf shape from the wood. It’s best to use a mitre saw or table saw (this will give a very straight line), but you can also use a jig saw or hand-held saw. If necessary, use a wood planer to even out the edges of your wooden shelf, then smooth it with a fine sandpaper. When finished, give it a wipe with a damp cloth to remove any dust. You’ll need the wood (and the mirror) to be clean, dry and free from dirt or oil before you can stick them together.
4. Apply some strong tape or glue directly to the side of the wood that will stick to the glass. I used Gorilla Mounting Tape (I’ve worked with them previously, but this post is not sponsored or endorsed by Gorilla). Carefully position the wood in place against the mirror, then press together for two minutes with a gentle pressure. After a few minutes, the adhesive should have begun to bond. Use a clamp or a heavy weight to hold the surfaces together and leave for at least 24 hours.
5. Finally, mount the mirror onto your wall. You can now add a candle, diffuser or anything else to your shelf – just make sure it’s not too heavy, so you don’t over-strain the adhesion.
For me, the holy grail of handmade is when a project combines three things. One: it’s practical and useful. Two: it looks great. Three: it’s cheaper to make it than it would be to buy something similar. This DIY floating shelf mirror ticks all three!
What do you think, would you make this for your home? Let me know in the comments below!
Happy crafting. 🙂 – Mike.
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