14 May 2015
Make a mosaic mirror
What you will need:
- 32mm MelaWood (in the finish of your choice)
- 12mm SupaWood – You can make the frame as big or small as you’d like. This project features a 600x600mm with a 100mm frame width.
- Perspex squares
- Scrap piece of plywood/timber that is bigger than your project is going to be.
- Ready-mixed tile adhesive and a spreader
- Black permanent marker
- White grout
- Mirror, cut to your desired size
- Mirror brackets
- 10mm wood screws
- Drill with 10mm wood bit
- Jigsaw with fine-toothed wood blade
- Multi sander with 120-grit sandpaper.
- Remember to keep things neat. Always work on a level surface. Measure twice, cut once.
- First, take your SupaWood and measure and mark off your frame, you should have an inner and outer square (or rectangle or circle).
- To cut your frame out, drill a 10mm hole into the inner square. This will allow you to get the jigsaw blade into the hole so that you can cut out the inner square. Once you have done that, cut along the outside of the frame. You should now have your frame.
- Trace the shape of your frame onto your scrap piece of ply wood/timber with the black marker; you now have a guide for laying out your Perspex strips.
- Carefully cut your Perspex into strips using the jigsaw and fine-toothed wood blade. Keep the strips thin but varied in width. As you do this, lay the cut strips over your traced guides, make sure the whole area of the frame is covered and the Perspex goes over the lines.
- Once you have are happy with your Perspex arrangement, lay your frame firmly over the strips of Perspex, in line with your drawn guides. Once everything is lined up, use your marker to trace the outline of the frame onto the strips of Perspex.
- Remove the frame and cut the Perspex along the marked lines, putting each one back in it’s place as you go.
- Liberally spread the tile adhesive over your frame and then carefully place each strip in place. Work from left to right, adjusting as you go. Allow to dry overnight.
- Once dry, use the Multi sander with 120-grit sandpaper to sand the edges so the Perspex is flush with the edges of the frame.
- Lastly, apply the white tile grout over the entire surface of your frame. Leave to dry and then remove excess with a damp cloth.
- Attach the mirror to the back of the frame with standard mirror brackets.
- You now have a beautiful bathroom mirror.