DIY Framed Mirror with Hidden Jewelry Organization

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I have been hard at work on a really fun and functional project that I am thrilled to show you today!  This project is one I have been dreaming of for over a year and finally the timing was right for me to build this project!  So come and see what is behind this really fun chippy paint door I built…
This is sooooooo cool!  | #diy #homeimprovement #homedecor #spon

Ta da!!!  It’s basically the coolest thing ever!  It is a really pretty chippy paint framed-out full length mirror that opens to reveal…

Mirror w/ Hidden Jewelry Organization | this is sooooooo cool!!  | #diy #homeimprovement #homedecor #spon

A hidden jewelry organizational area!  Woot woot! I call it my DIY Mirror with Hidden Jewelry Organization!  (or should it be a Chippy Paint DIY Framed Mirror with Hidden Jewelry Organization…ha!  No…way too long! :) Anyway, it’s my latest obsession and I love love love it!

Mirror w/ Hidden Jewelry Organization | this is sooooooo cool!!  | #diy #homeimprovement #homedecor #spon

I have long since needed a full length mirror!  Yes, I leave my house in the morning without actually looking in a full length mirror…who knows what I look like!?  It’s a risk I have been taken for far too long!  And let’s be honest, my jewelry has simply been thrown in a drawer…it’s a total and complete mess!  So I have been needing a way to organize my jewelry too!

Over a year ago, I found a similar jewelry holder for sale and am thrilled that I finally had the chance to create my own Jewelry Organizer with Mirror that is so pretty and definitely my own style!  And I simply LOVE how it turned out!

This is the wall in the bathroom where we chose to put it.  It is pretty boring but it is also the best wall in the bathroom to hang a full length mirror since I can step far away from it to get a good view.  Plus we are working on updating our master bathroom so be sure to stop by soon to see how it will continue to transform over the next few months!  Woot Woot!
before

Anyway, back to my really cool DIY Mirror with Hidden Jewelry Organization…here is what you will need to re-create your own!

supplies


Shopping List

  • (2) 8′ 1″x4″ wood
  • 8′ 1″x3″ wood
  • 4′ 1″x3″ wood
  • 8′ 1″x1″ wood molding
  • 4′ 1″x1″ wood molding
  • 12′ of decorative molding approximately 1″ – 2″ wide (ours was a flat piece of wood, about 1 1/2″ wide and 1/4″ thick)
  • (4) 1 1/2″ Screws
  • (4) Drywall Anchors
  • Kreg Jig
  • (16) 1 1/4″ Kreg Jig Screws
  • (16) Kreg Wood Plugs
  • (3) Hinges
  • (1) Magnetic Closure
  • Painter’s Tape (optional)
  • (1) 12″x48″ Mirror (I purchased mine from Target for $15)
  • (2) 12″x24″ Decorative Metal Sheets, or Pegboard
  • Stain (Minwax Dark Walnut)
  • Cotton Rag
  • Gloves
  • 3 cans of Spray Paint (Rustoleum Heirloom White)
  • Vaseline
  • Metal Paint Scrapper
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes (optional…but really they are fabulous for a project like this!)
  • Level
  • Peg Board Hooks
  • Drill (I love my Ryobi Drill and Driver Set when using the Kreg Jig so I don’t have to switch my drill bits out) 
  • Compound Miter Saw (I also love my Ryobi saw too)
  • Ryobi AirStrike (or other nail gun)
  • Electric Sander
  • 120 Grit Sand Paper
  • 1″ – 1 1/4″ Brad Nails
  • Elmer’s Wood Glue 
  • Elmer’s ProBond Advanced Glue
  • Elmer’s Clamp Tape
Elmer's ProBond Advanced Glue, Elmer's Wood Glue and Elmer's Clamp Tape

To help make this as simple as possible, here is my cut list.  Please realize that these are approximate sizes based on my mirror size!  If your mirror is a different size you will need to change your cut sizes accordingly.  Also, it is always best to measure your own items to ensure the best fit.

Cut List (Use your compound miter saw to make all your cuts.  Remember to measure twice and cut once.)

  • (2) 8′ 1″x4″ wood
    • (2) 48″ long pieces (inside dimension) cut with a bevel going outwards (so the outside length will be longer then 48″)
    • (2) 12″ long pieces (inside dimension) cut with a bevel going outwards (so the outside length will be longer then 12″)
  • 8′ 1″x3″ wood
    • (2) 48″ long pieces
  • 4′ 1″x3″ wood
    • (2) 13.5″ approx. long pieces
  • 8′ 1″x1″ wood molding
    • (2) 45″ long pieces
  • 4′ 1″x1″ wood molding
    • (3) 10.5″ long pieces
  • 12′ of decorative molding
    • (2) 45″ long pieces
    • (2) 10.5″ long pieces

*Again, before cutting please check these measurements against your actual mirror.  These are just meant as a guide, not a replacement for your own measurements :)

How to Build a Framed Mirror| this project is is sooooooo cool!!  | #diy #organization #jewelry #homeimprovement #homedecor #spon

Step 1:  Build Your Mirror Frame

You Will Need:

  • (2) 48″ 1″x4″ beveled edge pieces of wood
  • (2) 12″ 1″x4″ beveled edge pieces of wood
  • (8) 1 1/4″ Kreg Screws
  • (8) Kreg Wood Plugs
  • Kreg Jig
  • Drill
  • Electric Sander 
  • Elmer’s Wood Glue

Use your Kreg Jig to drill one pocket holes into each of the ends of the wood.  Set your collar and your pocket hole depth to 3/4″ since that is the actual thickness of the wood you are using.

Secure your boards together in a frame shape using your Kreg Screws.  You will either need a right-angle clamp to help hold these pieces of wood together while you screw them together or a second set of hands.
You will want one screw going into one board, and one going into the other at each corner.  This will create counter pressure and help secure the frame together very nicely and will help prevent warping or tweaking.

Next add a little Elmer’s Wood Glue into each of the pocket holes and insert a Kreg Wood Plug.  These will probably extend a little bit beyond the opening.  That’s ok, because your next step is to sand your frame well using your electric sander!

After you are done, you have built your Mirror Frame!!  Wahoo!

How to Build a Shadow Box | this project is is sooooooo cool!!  | #diy #organization #jewelry #homeimprovement #homedecor #spon


Step 2:  Build Your Shadow Box

Your “shadow box” is the outside box that will help contain your jewelry.  This is again really simple to build.  Because of the size of my mirror and my metal, I wanted my inside dimensions to be 48″ x 12″ clear so that the mirror would sit slightly inside this shadow box and so that my decorative metal would sit nicely inside it too.

You Will Need:

  • (2) 48″ 1″x3″ pieces of wood
  • (2) 13.5″ 1″x4″ pieces of wood
  • (8) 1 1/4″ Kreg Screws
  • (8) Kreg Wood Plugs
  • Kreg Jig
  • Drill
  • Electric Sander 
  • Elmer’s Wood Glue

Again you will build your shadow box portion of this project by first drilling pocket holes into your boards, and then securing them together with Kreg Screws.  (Your collar setting and pocket hole depth will still be set at 3/4″.)

Once that is complete, add a bit of Elmer’s Wood Glue into the holes and insert your Kreg Wood Plug into the opening.

Finally, sand your shadow box really well.

How to Build an Inside Ledge | this project is is sooooooo cool!!  | #diy #organization #jewelry #homeimprovement #homedecor #spon

Step 3:  Build Your Inside Ledge

The trick to building a successful jewelry holder is having the decorative metal where your jewelry will hang from not be completely flush against the wall and also having enough room between the decorative metal and your framed mirror door so that there is room for your jewelry.  Without buying an expensive router or getting too complicated, we decided that if we built a simple ledge on the inside back of the shadow box to adhere the metal too, it would give enough room behind it for hooks to be hung, and enough room in front of it to accommodate jewelry.  If this doesn’t make sense now…it will soon!  I promise!

You Will Need:

  • (2) 45″ 1″x1″ pieces of wood
  • (3) 10.5″ 1″x1″ pieces of wood
  • AirStrike (or other nail gun)
  • Brad Nails

As you can see above, this ledge will sit INSIDE your shadow box.  The inside of your shadow box should be 48″ x 12″ clear so these dimensions should fit snugly in there.  But please please please measure before you cut as there is always a bit of variation in every build.

Once you have the pieces cut, set them inside your shadowbox and nail gun the ledge to your shadow box.  Super simple and easy step!  You will have a frame around the inside edge PLUS one piece exactly in the middle.  This middle piece is where your two pieces of metal will meet and you will want the extra support here for that.

stain


Step 4:  Stain and Prep for Chippy Paint

I love the chippy paint look but I have never done it before.  So this was a bit of a leap in faith that I would love the DIY result.  I based my method off of this tutorial here.

You Will Need:

  • Stain
  • Rag
  • Gloves
  • Vaseline

First you will use a rag to stain all of your pieces.  You will stain your Mirror Frame, your Shadow Box with Build In Ledge, and your Decorative Trim (which will eventually become an interior frame for your metal pieces.)  Let it all dry.

Then apply Vaseline anywhere where you want your paint to “chip” off of the item.  The areas where you put Vaseline, the paint will not dry and you will be able to take the paint off to achieve a chippy look.  So focus this on areas that would naturally receive wear like corners and edges, but do a few other random spots too.

Don’t think too hard about this.  The more random and sloppy the better the outcome!

paint


Step 5:  Paint

Because you just smeared Vaseline all over your wood pieces, you will need to spray your paint on!  You can use spray paint or a spray gun, just don’t try to use a paint brush!  
You Will Need:
  • Spray Paint

Liberally apply spray paint to all pieces.  Coat the fronts and the backs and be sure that you do several coats.  Let dry.

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Step 5:  Chip Your Paint
Let me be real and honest here.  I was so excited about this whole chippy paint thing…until I started to actually scrape the paint off.  Then, I was horrified!  I thought I had made the biggest mistake ever!  Here I had this clean, pristine painted wood, and I was literally scrapping chunks of it off!  Yikes!  But the more I scraped off, the more I simply fell in love with this and the more I knew this was the perfect finish for my home!  And the more I look at it, the even deeper I fall in love with it!
So the moral of the story is, this might be a horrifyingly scary step…but just keep going and it will turn out beautiful!
You Will Need:
  •  Metal Paint Scrapper
  • Paper Towels
  • Baby Wipes
  • Electric Sander

Use your paint scrapper to scrape off the areas where the Vaseline has been placed.  It comes off really easily, but leaves a greasy, sticky mess.  So wipe your boards down with a paper towel and then a baby wipe to get any residue off.  Then sand lightly with an electric sander for a bit more of a distressed look if you’d like.

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Isn’t that just perfection!?  (In an imperfect way of course :)  The more I look at my final project, the more I LOVE my chippy paint look!  Even though it was a bit scary for a minute there, I honestly, love it and will definitely do this technique again!
How to Secure a Mirror to a DIY Wood Frame | this is sooooooo cool!!  | #diy #jewelry #organization #homeimprovement #homedecor #spon


Step 7:  Secure Your Mirror to Your Frame

After everything is to this point you are ready to begin assembling your project!  Woot woot!

You Will Need:

  • Wood Mirror Frame
  • Mirror
  • Sand Paper
  • Elmer’s ProBond Glue
  • Elmer’s Clamp Tape
  • An extra set of hands

You will want to follow the instructions on the back of the ProBond glue bottle, but here are the basics!  You will want to sand all of your edges.  I had just sanded my wood so I decided to give the edges of my mirror a quick sanding by hand.

Next you will apply a bead of the glue to your mirror.  Then carefully set your frame on top of your mirror.  I wanted to be sure that no glue ran onto my mirror, so once I knew it was ok, with a second set of hands we flipped the mirror and frame over so that the weight of the mirror would help secure it to the frame.

You will want to hold your pieces together in place for a few minutes.  Again, a second set of hands is really helpful here!  Then use Elmer’s Clamp Tape to secure the mirror to the frame and let it sit for several hours until completely set!

Elmer’s ProBond takes about 2 hours to set, and up to 24 hours to completely harden.  So be sure to allow enough time for this to set completely before moving on to the next step.

ProBond is an amazing glue that allows you to bond porous surfaces to non-porous surfaces and other Mixed Materials.  So something like wood to a mirror or wood to metal is a perfect example!  And there is no foam residue.

I’ve read all about it and it seemed like an AMAZING product!  But to be honest, I was a little worried that this wouldn’t hold the weight of the mirror!  (I am a worrier like that!)

The longer the mirror set, the more worried I became!  The last thing I wanted was a shattered mirror all over my garage.

But I waited patiently until the glue was completely set, took the clamp tape off and amazingly, the mirror was solidly adhered to the frame!  Seriously, this mirror isn’t going anywhere!  It is so incredibly sturdy!
I am so amazed that a simple bead of ProBond can hold the weight of a mirror to wood so well!  This stuff is truly amazing!!  I will definitely be using this again in upcoming projects because it honestly performs just as well as they say it will!  (I love it when a product does that!!)

Seriously, this stuff is one of my new favorite finds!

How to Create a Jewelry Organization | this is sooooooo cool!!  | #diy #jewelry #organization #homeimprovement #homedecor #spon

Step 8:  Attach Metal to the Shadow Box

In this next step you will attach your metal to the shadow box and prep your box to be hung.

You Will Need:

  • Shadow Box with Built-In Ledge
  • Decorative Metal
  • Drill with small drill bit
  • Elmer’s ProBond Glue
  • Painters Tape or Elmer’s Clamp Tape

First, simply place your metal into your shadow box so that it sits on top of your ledge.  If it doesn’t quite fit, you can use tin snips to trim the edges a bit.  The two metal pieces should meet in the middle where your middle 1″x1″ support board is.

Next you will prep your box for hanging.  Because this is a heavy item and you don’t want your jewelry to fall down every time you open and shut it, and because a mirror hanging at an angle can make you look distorted, you will want to screw this box directly into your wall.

In order to prep this, use your drill to pre-drill holes through the metal and into the 1″x1″ ledge on the top and bottom of your shadow box.  Place two holes in the top and two in the bottom.

Next you will use a bit of Elmer’s ProBond Glue to glue the Decorative Metal to the Ledge.  Because of how this was built, I was not able to use Clamp Tape to hold this together, so I used painter’s tape around all of the edges and in the middle to secure this in place while it dried.

Install Jewelry Organizer + Mirror
Step 9:  Install your DIY Mirror w/ Jewelry Organizer
You Will Need:
  • Shadow box with attached metal
  • Decorative wood pieces
  • (4) 1 1/2″ Screws
  • (4) Drywall Anchors if needed
  • Drill
  • AirStrike or Nail Gun with Brad Nails
  • Hinges
  • Magnetic closure
  • Mirror with Frame
  • Second set of hands
  • Level

First you will want to place your drywall anchors if needed.  This box is heavy, so unless you are securing this into a stud, you will want to use these!

Then, using your pre-drilled holes on your shadow box, screw the screws into the shadow box ledge directly into the wall.  
Use your nail gun to attach your decorative pieces of wood on top of the metal.  This will hide the screws that just went into the wall and create a beautiful frame around your metal hanging area and create a lovely finished look to your project!  You could also use your ProBond Glue to attach this!  
Then carefully attach your hinges to the shadow box and secure the other side of the hinge into the frame.  A second set of hands is very helpful for this!
Attach a magnetic closure and you are done!
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I know there are a lot of steps, but this is honestly a simple and fun build!
And I love that it fulfills two needs with only using one wall!  I now have a full length mirror AND a place to store all my jewelry!!  And you have no idea how happy this makes me!
DIY Mirror + Jewelry Organization | this is sooooooo cool!!  | #diy #jewelry #organization #homeimprovement #homedecor #spon
And the best part is that this cost less then half (closer to 1/3) of the cost of the one for sale.  Plus I was able to customize it just how I wanted to and I absolutely adore the way it looks!  
I used peg board hooks to hang all of my jewelry from which is perfect because I am able to customize it any way I need to depending on the size and shape of my jewelry.  
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This truly is a solution that I LOVE and am thrilled that after a year of dreaming about how to create this, I was finally able to make my dreams a reality!  
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  1. says

    love it! My only suggestion is that you shouldn't store your jewelry in your bathroom. I sell a line of jewelry thru home shows…and we try to teach that moisture = bad for your jewelry. It will make your silver jewelry tarnish quicker! LOVE the idea though!

  2. says

    Ashley you just rocked my world! We are building a custom bookcase/window seat/jewelry built-ins in our master bedroom. I've been playing around with idea on how to incorporate a small cabinet for jewlery into the plans and you just gave me the answer. I love that you incorporated a full length mirror into the mix and a mess insert for hanging earings – brilliant! I'm so doing this

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