How I built a large Leaner Mirror for under 200.00 and created a statement piece in my living room!
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When redesigning my living room, I wanted to open up space and bring in more natural light. Previously I had a smaller mirror on this wall, and it helped a bit, but I wanted a statement piece that would be modern and floor-length. Most Leaner mirrors this size are hundreds or thousands of dollars. Today I am sharing how I made my Leaner mirror for under 200.00!
What you will need:
1 8×4 5 ply plywood
28 beveled Edge mirror tiles ( I purchased mine at Lowes)
Gorilla Glue ultimate adhesive
Paint ( I used left over paint from a previous project)
Assembling the Leaner Mirror
We purchased an 8X4 5 ply plywood piece so it would be extra sturdy. Our ceilings are 9 ft, so we decided to cut it down to 7 ft to fit better into our home scale-wise.
Next up, we pulled sanded the edges with a hand sander so the sides would be smooth. Once that was all done, we then painted the trim of the mirror black. I debated gold, but because I have so much gold in my home already, I thought it would be nice to bring some more black. This is leftover paint I had from painting all the doors in my home. The color is Sherwin Williams Black Magic.
This gave us a great base to work with; we wanted to double-check to make sure all the tiles fit before gluing them down. Steve’s math was right on, and next up, he began gluing the beveled tiles down. In total, it took 28 tiles to create my ultimate Leaner mirror!
Steve added a generous amount of glue to each tile. We didn’t want one popping off! In total, Steve didn’t even use the whole tube of glue. We did let the mirror cure overnight, and by morning, it was ready to be brought in.
Total cost of the Leaner Mirror
The plywood cost us around 60.00. If you are watching wood prices rise, you know that is a bit pricy, but as I said earlier, we wanted a sturdy piece so it would not buckle once we placed the tiles onto the plywood. The mirrors were 24.00 per 6 pack, and I originally purchased 7, but a couple broke when we opened the package, and since we decided to cut down the mirror to 7ft. the total cost was about 160.00.
Such an Easy DIY!
I have to say, for that price, we created a beautiful, sturdy Leaner mirror. I am thrilled with how it turned out, and it is exactly what I was hoping for, and it is reflecting the light from the windows throughout the entire space. This project took a weekend, and most of that was curing overnight.