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How to Frame a Mirror with Wood Trim

Create a drop zone with this DIY wood mirror frame with hooks! Hang keys, drop your change and check your hair all in one convenient spot!

DIY wood framed mirror

Our front door opens right into the living room, so I'm creating a drop zone so stuff doesn't get scattered everywhere! I built an entryway bench for all the shoes, and plan to make a console table to store hats, gloves and my purse.

But our keys are always getting lost! This simple DIY wood mirror frame with hooks gives us a place to hang our keys and check our hair before heading out the door!

This mirror frame would work for any mirror, so long as you have a wood backer behind it. This allows you to nail the trim onto the backer instead of risking shattering the mirror itself!

Want something a little bigger? Check out these DIY hall tree ideas for inspiration!

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Before you begin, check out the video below for a quick overview of the process. Then continue reading for a more in-depth tutorial!

I dug out these small pieces of trim leftover from my fireplace remodel when I was cleaning up the workshop. This trim was used to frame the fireplace tile, and is perfect for framing a mirror too!

trim around fireplace used to frame mirror

You could create the same type of trim with standard lumber by cutting a small rabbet along one side for the mirror to rest in. Any kind of picture frame moulding would work too!

Materials Needed

Dry Fit All the Pieces

I'm on a mission to use up all the scrap plywood around the workshop, and this 16x20" piece was a perfect fit. I wanted the trim to line up with the edges of the plywood, so I dry fit the mirror between two pieces and marked the side to be cut.

marking edge of trim to be cut off

Then I did the same thing with the top and bottom, and roughly placed the key hooks and change jar underneath the trim. I decided to take off about an inch from the bottom.

entryway mirror with key hooks and small jar on plywood backing

The notch in the trim is a little too tall for this thin acrylic mirror, so I added a piece of cardboard behind it to make it fit snugly.

acrylic mirror and cardboard backing to fill in gap in trim

Cut Plywood and Apply Edge Banding

After marking the edges of the frame, I took the plywood over to the table saw and cut it down to size.

cutting plywood on a table saw for an entryway mirror

To cover up the exposed plywood edges, I applied edge banding to all four sides. You can find my tutorial on how to apply edge banding here.

edge banding trimmer with plywood board

Cut the Mirror Frame Trim

Cut each end of the trim at a 45 degree angle on the miter saw. Remember that the notch on the back goes in towards the middle of the frame!

cutting trim at a 45 degree angle on a miter saw to frame an entryway mirror

I like to cut my pieces just a bit longer than necessary, then creep up on the cut line until I get a perfect fit. My friend Serena from Thrift Diving has a great video showing you how it's done!

Attach the Mirror Trim to the Plywood

Apply wood glue to the back of the trim and the mitered corners, then frame the mirror. Ignore the reflection of my ugly workshop ceiling! 😉

applying wood glue to the back of trim for entryway mirror

Secure the pieces in place with ¾" brad nails.

nailing down trim around entryway mirror

Use wood filler to hide the holes and gaps, then sand smooth when dry.

applying wood filler to the nail holes in entryway mirror frame

Paint the Mirror Frame

Apply painter's tape and paper over the mirror before starting to paint. I used the same Decorator's White paint by Benjamin Moore as the entryway bench that will be below it.

painting entryway mirror trim white with foam brush

If you're just framing the mirror, you're done! But if you want to add extra details on the bottom like key hooks, I'll cover them next.

Add the entryway details (optional)

When the paint was dry, I attached the key hooks to the bottom with ¾" screws.

screwing key hooks onto entryway mirror

The change jar (which is just a glass yogurt jar!) is held in place with a scrap piece of leather from the upholstered cushion on the entryway bench. Just cut a strip long enough to go around the front of the jar, plus an inch on each side to screw it into place.

attaching a change jar to the bottom of an entryway mirror with a leather strap

Hang Your New Framed Mirror

I used a French cleat to hang my new entryway mirror next to the front door. It holds the entire piece firmly in place, even if you yank your keys off the hook! I used a metal one, but you can make your own French cleat too.

This new framed mirror will be so nice for checking my hair before that early morning run to the bus stop. Nothing is more embarrassing than dropping your kid off with serious bed head!

DIY entryway mirror with key hooks and change jar

We always seem to find a ton of change lying around, but never have it when we need it. With this small change jar, I can easily grab a handful to feed the parking meter if I'm going downtown. And now we're not hunting for keys when we're rushing out the door, because they each have their own hook!

key shaped key hooks and change jar held to entryway mirror with leather strap

This entryway drop zone is really coming together! I'm working on building a console table to complete the look soon!

Entryway drop zone by stairs with bench and entryway mirror


Thursday 17th of January 2019

I love this project, that little key hook for keys is the cutest. It's a great place to check yourself before you leave the house and grab your keys as you head out the door.


Friday 18th of January 2019

Thank you, Toni!

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