For a very long time, I have been wanting desperately to try out a small pallet project and I finally came across instructions for a beautiful DIY mirror. Best of all? This project did not cost me a dime! I had the mirror and all of the tools and supplies and I found free pallet wood.
You can usually find old pallets at any industrial park or business. Luckily, I work for a company who receives a large shipment once a month and the delivery guy was more than willing to unload the pallets. You will want to carefully examine the pallets for splits, rot and discoloration. Yes, the pallets are supposed to have character (that is why we love them!) but you still want useable, durable wood.
I came across this great tutorial on Shanty 2 Chic and I modified her instructions and measurements to fit my mirror.
Shanty 2 Chic
Here are my modifications:
I have to admit that I used a lot of shortcuts during this project but I did not sacrifice style or function. I just did not ‘professionally’ complete this piece and accepted the minor flaws and imperfections.
I did not remove each board and its nails and then cut the board. I simply used a straight edge to mark my lines and utilized my circular saw to cut the boards away from the pallet. The length of the boards were perfect to fit the mirror.
Once all of the boards were cut (I used 7 boards), I sanded each one to remove any splitters. I decided not to stain or polyurethane the wood since I wanted the original color and finish. The inspiration photo looks a little more polished and refined and both are equally pretty.
Next, I decided on the board alignment and used two 2x4s as the back support for the entire piece. We nailed in each board moving down the 2x4s. One tip, decide on where your mirror hardware will hang and find an extra hardy piece of wood. My mirror hung on a cleat bracket so I needed a sturdy piece placed as my second board.
After all of the boards were nailed together, we screwed in the cleat bracket on the second board and slid the mirror into place.
For now, the DIY Pallet Mirror is placed on top of a tall, dark wood dresser and leans against the wall. The woods are competing for attention and the Pallet Wood needs to be the shining star! Eventually, I would like to hang it over a painted piece of furniture.
Again, you can see the imperfections that add character to a DIY project.