Looking for a way to update a wall mirror? This is such an easy way to make a DIY full-length wood bead mirror. Here’s the step-by-step.
Find a full-length mirror like this and transform it in under 15 minutes. All you need are these instructions and this wood bead garland.
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale.
A tale of a DIY.
And spoiler alert?
It’s a GOOD ONE.
It all started when I had an idea for a DIY. It was in my mind and I didn’t know if it was possible so I went on the hunt. I needed wood bead trim and my local hardware stores didn’t have exactly what I was looking for, so I did what every DIY’er does when they are faced with a hiccup in the DIY process.
And do you know what happens when you google?
Sometimes SOMETHING SHOWS UP THAT YOU NEVER KNEW YOU WERE LOOKING FOR.
Like this wood bead trim.
Did you even know that something like this existed?
And WAIT until you see what I did with it.
I’m getting ahead of myself.
Before the trip to the hardware store.
Before the googling.
Before the wood bead trim.
There was this mirror.
// neutral rug //
I have this giant oversized mirror leaning against the wall in the bedroom.
And I love it.
I’ve never really had a full-length mirror like this before.
Just between us?
I didn’t really want to see myself from head to toe sometimes.
But after I lost the 105 pounds, I wanted to put together outfits and I realized the incredible importance of seeing your feet.
So I bought this mirror.
You can see it here (it’s SUCH a good value for a mirror of this size) and painted it white.
Here’s a close-up of the trim on the mirror.
It’s so pretty and has the prettiest details and I love it.
But the walls are white and the mirror is white and it kind of fades into the background, so I wanted to make it stand out a little more.
At first, I was going to make it gold with Rub-N-Buff (you can see how I used Rub-N-Buff on other projects here in case you have a mirror you want to make gold.)
But then I thought that gold might be too much.
So I decided I wanted to add a little bit of wood trim to the inside of the mirror and the wood bead trim hunt ensued.
//wood bead strand//
Which led me to this.
A strand of wood beads like this (these are already painted white).
I found it online, but I actually went to the Hobby Lobby store to purchase it (to make sure it was actually as cute as it looked online). I’ve seen individual wood beads before and I’ve seen strands of larger beads, but I’ve never seen a roll of wood bead trim like this.
And it’s SO AFFORDABLE.
It comes in 8mm and 6mm beads and it’s between $4.99 to $5.99 (before the 50% off sale).
Can you imagine all the possibilities for this?
Christmas tree trim and wood bead trim and picture frames and garland and on and on and on.
But back to our mirror.
Here’s what I did with it.
Full-Length Wood Bead Mirror DIY
//wood glue //
Step one: add a thin layer of wood glue
Originally I was going to use hot glue, but sometimes I haven’t had the best luck with hot glue and wood, so I decided to use wood glue instead. You don’t need that much glue for this step.
I kind of over-did it in a couple of places.
And I realized after I did this entire project it might bave been easier to lay the mirror flat and add the wood bead trim–I was just so excited that I wanted to get the wood bead trim on right away.
I added the glue right where I envisioned in the trim—right there in the curve of the trim.
Step 2: Add the wood bead trim
Wrap the wood bead trim around the edge of the mirror like this.
I started at one corner and kept going until I had added the wood to the entire edge of the mirror.
I added a little glue, placed the wood bead trim on the glue and added a piece of tape to keep it in place.
Step 3: Let glue dry
It took about 30 minutes to set up.
Step 4: Remove tape
I checked an area of the tape to make sure the wood beads were glued to the mirror.
Then I pulled off the rest of the tape carefully.
Make sure to pull off with care so you don’t dislodge the wood bead trim.
Step 5: Remove any excess glue
Clean up any spots of glue on the mirror and the frame.
//polka dot hamper //
//polka dot hamper //
It was so simple and such an easy project.
But now I need your help.
I am truly, truly, truly stymied as my grandma used to say.
I was going to paint over the wood trim and make it all white and add a layer of stain.
I’m not sure?
Maybe I should leave it like this?
So I pressed pause on the project and came to you to ask: to paint or not to paint.
If this were your mirror what would you do?
If you don’t have time to DIY? Here’s a smaller wood bead mirror that’s super similar that I thought was so pretty.
You can see it here.
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